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Duke announces 2015-16 non-conference schedule and ACC opponents

– Duke opens the season Nov. 13-14 with a pair of home games in the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. Duke will be joined in the championship rounds of the 2K Classic (Nov. 20 and Nov. 22) at Madison Square Garden by Georgetown, VCU and Wisconsin.

With six letterman returning and the top-ranked recruiting class in the country, Duke will play neutral site contests against 2015 NCAA Final Four participant Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic Nov. 17 and 2015 NCAA Sweet Sixteen opponent Utah.

Duke’s home non-conference slate is highlighted by a Dec. 2 meeting with Indiana in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Blue Devils also welcome Yale (Nov. 25), Utah State (Nov. 29), Buffalo (Dec. 5), Georgia Southern (Dec. 15), Elon (Dec. 28) and Long Beach State (Dec. 30).

The conference portion of the 2015-16 Duke men’s basketball schedule features home and away meetings with Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest. The Blue Devils also welcome Florida State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech to Cameron Indoor Stadium, while hitting the road for matchups with Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Pittsburgh.

The Blue Devils are scheduled to play 14 regular season games against teams that reached the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Women’s Basketball

Duke: Recent Duke graduate Elizabeth Williams is one of 480 female student-athletes that have been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.

Softball

N.C. State: Recent graduate Emily Weiman has been nominated for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as announced Friday by the NCAA.

ECU: Sarah Christian, right-handed pitcher, who graduated last month with a degree in business management was one of 480 female student-athletes across all divisions nominated for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Track And Field

NC State: Sprinter and jumper Jonathan Addison (Enloe High) is the ACC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Volleyball

Duke: Senior Christina Vucich will train with the top collegiate beach players in the country for the second consecutive summer after earning a spot on the USA Volleyball U23 High Performance Elite 10 National Team.

Vucich is no stranger to beach volleyball, helping her team to a first-place finish at the 2011 Carolina Regional Junior Beach National Qualifier. The squad then placed third at the 2011 USAV National Beach Tour Championship in Chicago. In addition, Vucich trained in Hermosa Beach with the U23 Elite Ten team during the summer of 2014 as well.

Football

Duke: Duke picked up a variety of honors from Lindy’s Sports prior to the 2015 football season. Highlighting the accolades was redshirt senior safety Jeremy Cash, who earned his fourth preseason All-America selection with a second team pick. Cash was already placed on the Phil Steele Magazine Preseason All-America first team and the Sporting News and Athlon second teams.

Cash was also tabbed as the second-best safety in the nation by the magazine’s rankings. Redshirt junior DeVon Edwards joined Cash in the safety rankings, checking in as the fifth best.

Redshirt senior inside linebacker Kelby Brown, No. 6, and senior kicker Ross Martin, No. 8, also appeared in the magazine’s positional rankings.

Placed on Lindy’s Preseason All-ACC first team were Cash, Edwards, Brown, redshirt senior tight end Braxton Deaver and redshirt senior center Matt Skura.

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