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Duke Men’s Basketball Nixes Non-Conference Schedule

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Duke men’s basketball has declared it will not play the team’s remaining non-conference games.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said the scratching the remaining non-conference games was “the best decision we could make as a program,” saying it was the “right thing for our players.”

“This will also allow our team to have time over the holidays to safely enjoy with their families,” Krzyzewski said. “These kids need to be with their families, at least for a little bit.”

The decision comes one day after Krzyzewski questioned whether college basketball should be played at all during the pandemic.

“You have 2,000 deaths a day,” Krzyzewski said. “You have 200,000 cases. People are saying the next six weeks are going be the worst. To me, it’s already pretty bad. On the other side of it, there are these vaccines that are coming out. By the end of the month 20 million vaccine shots will be given. By the end of January or in February, another 100 million. Should we not reassess that? See just what would be best?”

Duke was scheduled to play Charleston Southern on Saturday, but that game had already been postponed due to a player from the CSU program testing positive for COVID-19.

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