Duke was left in a bit of a bind on Monday as its ACC home opener against Pittsburgh was postponed on relatively short notice, as the Blue Devils will have gone over two weeks between their first conference game at Notre Dame on Dec. 16 and their next matchup at Florida State on Saturday. That’s a long layoff, and ideally Duke would have had more than one game in that span.
Instead, coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad will get zero. So Duke held a full intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday, presumably in order to simulate real game action as much as possible.
The Blue Devils didn’t look too rusty, based on these highlights they released.
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— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) December 30, 2020
COVID-19 has already prompted Duke to take previous precautions that altered the team’s 2020-21 schedule. It was announced earlier in the month that the Blue Devils would not play the remainder of their non-conference slate due to concerns regarding the virus.
“This is truly an incredible time for our country, and (COVID-19) is at its worst time right now,” Krzyzewski said in a video explaining the decision. “Making sure we’re doing the right thing for our players, for safety, we’re not going to play any non-conference games or reschedule. We couldn’t reschedule three games and we’re not going to do that. We’re going to play conference and hopefully play all of them.”
247Sports’ Dean Straka contributed to this story.