Duke head coach David Cutcliffe got a nearly ideal nonconference schedule this season Credit: TAKAAKI IWABU
As the Blue Devils prepare for their final nonconference game of the year, they have a chance to equal the 3-1 mark the team reached in 2008, David Cutcliffe’s first season. That’s partly due to the fact that Duke is better than it has been the past few years. And it’s party due to better scheduling.
“It's a great question, it's a great philosophical question, but there's a reality to it,” Cutcliffe said when asked last week about his ideal nonconference schedule.
Part of the reality for Duke is looking for programs in similar building modes, such as Tulane (2010) and this week’s opponent, Memphis (2011), Cutcliffe said in a story that ran Saturday looking at the nonconference schedules for all three Triangle schools.