Ferris State Men to Face Duke in 2018-19

Fresh off winning its first NCAA Division II national championship, the Ferris State men’s basketball program announced Thursday it will face Duke later this year in an exhibition game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The two sides will meet on a Friday evening in late October with the date and time to be announced. The contest continues Duke’s tradition of inviting the defending NCAA Division II national champion to Durham. The Blue Devils have invited Division II titlists to Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2009.

“We’re thrilled with the invitation to not only play in such a historic facility, but also to face one of the elite in college basketball in Duke University,” Ferris State coach Andy Bronkema said in a release. “We appreciate the invitation to open the year against a first-class program and thank Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski and the entire Duke administration and staff for this outstanding opportunity.

“It was such an awesome experience to win a national championship to wrap up this year and this will be a great way to open next season on the heels of that championship run,” he added.

Duke has long been one of the most dominant programs at the Division I level. Coach Mike Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to a 1,027-279 record over 38 seasons. Duke has won five national championships and recorded 94 NCAA Tournament wins under Krzyzewski.

“This will be a great experience for student-athletes and coaches on top of being a big-time honor and reward for our Bulldog basketball program,” Ferris State Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger said in a statement. “We’re appreciative to Duke for the opportunity to compete in such a big-time environment and it will be a great way to open next season.”

The game marks the second straight year that Ferris State has played a Division I opponents in an exhibition contest. The Bulldogs dropped an 80-72 preseason contest to Michigan State earlier this season.