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Duke, Gonzaga to Clash on Black Friday in Las Vegas

By March 5, 2021No Comments

LAS VEGAS – The Duke men’s basketball program has announced a marquee opponent for the 2021-22 regular season – a heavyweight bout vs. Gonzaga at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The game is set for Black Friday – Nov. 26, 2021 – bringing together two of the nation’s most prominent and successful programs in the Blue Devils and Bulldogs. Public tickets are on sale beginning Friday, March 12. Game time has yet to be announced.

“We are excited to play in Las Vegas next season against such a great program,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for Gonzaga and the program Mark Few has built there. The results speak for themselves. Certainly, this will be a showcase game during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and we are honored to be part of it.”

Duke and Gonzaga have met four previous times with the Blue Devils winning twice at Madison Square Garden — 61-54 in 2007 and 76-41 in 2010 — and once at NRG Stadium in Houston in the 2015 NCAA Elite Eight, 66-52, en route to the national title. The Zags won 89-87 in the 2018 Maui Invitational title game.

“We have nothing but the utmost respect for Coach K and Duke,” said Gonzaga head coach Mark Few. “We look forward to playing in an exciting event in a world-class facility, that will get the focus to college basketball between two great teams early in the season.”

Duke returns to Las Vegas for the first time since christening T-Mobile Arena with the first college basketball game at the venue — a 94-55 win over UNLV in front of a standing-room only crowd of 19,107 on Dec. 10, 2016.

Veteran Las Vegas promoter bdG Sports, which annually hosts the Roman Main Event tournament and the Korn Ferry Tour’s MGM Resorts Championship in April, has contracted the marquee matchup.

Tickets range from $39 in the upper level to $169 in the lower level sideline club seats. A limited number of courtside tickets will be available for $299, $499 or $799 depending on the location. Tickets will be on-sale to the public starting Friday, March 12 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at AXS.com and t-mobilearena.com.

For complete information, visit www.dukezags.com or on social media at @VegasMainEvent.

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