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The 2021-22 Duke men’s basketball team will debut Friday night when the program hosts Countdown to Craziness at Cameron Indoor Stadium, marking the first basketball event at Cameron with fans since March 2020.

Countdown to Craziness features a night of entertainment, games, engaging videos and on-court contests all leading up to the introduction of the 2021-22 Blue Devils, the unveiling of this season’s team poster and the annual Blue-White scrimmage.

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. in Krzyzewskiville, adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium, where fans can enjoy various activities, music and games. Doors to Cameron open at 6 p.m., and the annual Blue-White scrimmage is set to tip off at approximately 8:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to alleviate congestion at the main entrances.

Countdown to Craziness will broadcast live on ACCNX with David Shumate and John Roth providing commentary and analysis, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage can also be heard across the Blue Devil Sports Network from Learfield.

Duke Athletics announced health and safety protocols for men’s and women’s basketball events at Cameron Indoor Stadium, that will start with Countdown to Craziness. Details on requirements for entry to Cameron, including all guests wearing a mask and presenting proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result within 72 hours, can be found here.


Countdown to Craziness Schedule of Events

4 p.m. – Festivities begin in K-Ville

6 p.m. – Doors open

7:55 p.m. – National anthem

8 p.m. – Introduction of the 2021-22 Blue Devils

8:30 p.m. – Blue-White Scrimmage

Important Things to come out of Countdown for Duke Basketball

The most important thing for the Blue Devils is to come out of countdown healthy. With a team that isn’t super depth heavy and with every piece being essential, Duke can not afford injuries. Duke will have a secret scrimmage with Jay Wright’s Villanova squad on October 23 that will already be without freshman AJ Griffin. In addition to entertainment and introducing this team to the world – health is the main goal.

Duke will also be entertaining several visitors during countdown. Recent commits Dereck Lively and Dariq Whitehead are on campus for Countdown and have participated in photo shoots and some of the other fun with Duke’s lone remaining target in the class Mark Mitchell. Mitchell is down to Duke, UCLA, Kansas and Missouri and Jon Scheyer is looking to round out the class with a commitment from the 5 star small forward. Duke is Mitchell’s last visit so all eyes are on him.


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