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    MBB: Duke v Gardner-Webb (POSTPONED)

    EDIT: Mods, please change title from (Ed 11/25) to (Wed 11/25)

    Friends, family, and fanatics, there will (hopefully, thankfully) be basketball THIS WEEK!

    The 2020-21 iteration of Duke men's basketball will begin a very unusual season against the Gardner-Webb Running Bulldogs. G-W will be playing their 19th season and 9th under head coach Tim Craft. The Running Bulldogs, from the Charlotte area, have played in the NCAA Tournament once in their history and lost as a 16 seed in the 2018-19 NCAA Tournament to eventual National Champion Virginia. Coincidently, G-W led that game at halftime 36-30 before Cavaliers put their 1-v-16 seed ghosts behind them. They have played twice at Cameron Indoor Stadium, most recently in December 2013 and hold an 0-2 record against the Duke Blue Devils. Last season, G-W put together a 16-16 record but were 11-7 in the Big South, good for 3rd in the conference. Their season ended in a loss on March 6th in the Big South tournament to Winthrop.

    KenPom and T-Rank project Gardner-Webb to be a middle-of-the-pack group in the Big South for this upcoming season. Last season, G-W was a pretty good 3-point shooting team thanks to the combination of 6'0" G Jaheam Cornwall and 6'3" G Nate Johnson. Johnson transferred to Xavier during the offseason while Cornwall is set to return for the Running Bulldogs this year.

    In the frontcourt, G-W will return a pair of tall but thin forwards in 6'9" Queens, NY native Kareem Reid and 6'8" Martinque native Ludovic Dufeal. Reed is more of the interior player and rim protector while Dufeal is more likely to take a jumper and has a decent 3-point shot. Neither is very beefy and should present a decent matchup for Duke's projected frontline of Matthew Hurt and Jalen Johnson.

    Duke should have a fairly easy go of it on Wednesday to kick off the season. I expect the team to be chomping at the bit to someone, anyone else besides intra-squad scrimmages. Gardner-Webb played a fairly slow tempo, so getting out in transition, getting into the passing lanes, and forcing turnover should be an easy formula for Duke in this match. I'm excited to see the team in action for the first time. Let's go Duke!
    Last edited by Bob Green; 11-22-2020 at 04:04 PM.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2009
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    Durham
    assuming it still happens...fingers crossed.
    basketball is back, baby!

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    Wow. Here we go, I guess.

    I feel like I'm really disconnected from this year's team and league.

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    Join Date
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    Vermont
    I had no idea the season was (theoretically) this close. I guess I should get out from under the couch more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Wow. Here we go, I guess.

    I feel like I'm really disconnected from this year's team and league.
    It's deja vu all over again.

    I distinctly remember many pre-game threads last season that expressed this exact sentiment, but for very different reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBenAkiva View Post
    It's deja vu all over again.

    I distinctly remember many pre-game threads last season that expressed this exact sentiment, but for very different reason.
    I still haven't gotten over that E8 loss.
    basketball is back, baby!

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    So I have comcast. That means I can't see this game without paying $30 to $80 a month for, e.g., YouTubeTV or Sling or Hulu, etc., is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kedsy View Post
    So I have comcast. That means I can't see this game without paying $30 to $80 a month for, e.g., YouTubeTV or Sling or Hulu, etc., is that correct?
    There's usually a YouTube TV free trial offer of a week or two...or it appears that there's currently a promotion if you're a Verizon customer for one free month:

    https://www.verizon.com/solutions-an...ps/youtube-tv/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kedsy View Post
    So I have comcast. That means I can't see this game without paying $30 to $80 a month for, e.g., YouTubeTV or Sling or Hulu, etc., is that correct?
    If you have strong virus protection and ad-blocking, there are sites you can visit to watch on your computer. (PM if interested).

    And as BlueDevil2K mentioned, if you are good at remembering to cancel free trials, you could get YouTubeTV, etc.

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    I wish I could be more excited for this...I'm super excited to see these guys play, but with the pandemic raging and NC spiking it's highest number of new cases EVER yesterday (around 4,500), I just don't feel like this is going to go well. Both teams are in large cities in NC, and the governor has ordered a limit of 10 people or less in indoor spaces. So how do we have basketball games? I'm fully prepared for this game to be cancelled/postponed at some point before tipoff, but we shall see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kedsy View Post
    So I have comcast. That means I can't see this game without paying $30 to $80 a month for, e.g., YouTubeTV or Sling or Hulu, etc., is that correct?
    Is this only available on YouTubeTV or Sling or Hulu ? Not ESPN3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gofurman View Post
    Is this only available on YouTubeTV or Sling or Hulu ? Not ESPN3?
    I have Sling Blue and Orange but I donít see ACCN on my guide. Am I missing it or there an add on I need to buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotusland View Post
    I have Sling Blue and Orange but I donít see ACCN on my guide. Am I missing it or there an add on I need to buy?
    Is it on the ACCN ? I have Charter w ACCN

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    Like several other posters here, I too am having trouble getting real exited about bb starting this week. Maybe after actually watching the game, I might feel different. I hope I do. What I do know is it's going to be very different without fans there. If they don't end up cancelling the season, maybe we'll all get kind of used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gofurman View Post
    Is this only available on YouTubeTV or Sling or Hulu ? Not ESPN3?
    As I understand it, it's not available on ESPN3 unless (a) you have a cable company that carries ACCN (i.e., NOT Comcast); or (b) you have one of Hulu, YouTubeTV, FuboTV, AT&T TV, Vidgo, or Sling (with a special package, not part of main bundle). And if you're already paying for cable, the "b" options are prohibitively expensive.

    And personally, I'm terrible about canceling free trials. Plus, almost all the non-conference games are ACCN this year, meaning a one-week trial won't really solve my problem. I can't tell from the GoDuke schedule, but I bet a bunch of the league games will also be ACCN. So basically, the feud between ACCN and Comcast will keep me from following Duke basketball at the level to which I've become accustomed. Vintage 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kedsy View Post
    As I understand it, it's not available on ESPN3 unless (a) you have a cable company that carries ACCN (i.e., NOT Comcast); or (b) you have one of Hulu, YouTubeTV, FuboTV, AT&T TV, Vidgo, or Sling (with a special package, not part of main bundle). And if you're already paying for cable, the "b" options are prohibitively expensive.

    And personally, I'm terrible about canceling free trials. Plus, almost all the non-conference games are ACCN this year, meaning a one-week trial won't really solve my problem. I can't tell from the GoDuke schedule, but I bet a bunch of the league games will also be ACCN. So basically, the feud between ACCN and Comcast will keep me from following Duke basketball at the level to which I've become accustomed. Vintage 2020.
    So pessimistic. Even after everything discussed above, your options are still not exhausted.

    Someone might just share their password with you, for example.

    I'd probably be down to do a swap with you. I think I have your email from when we did Phase posts together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gofurman View Post
    Is it on the ACCN ? I have Charter w ACCN
    Per the thread title and the fact that I just went to the ACCN's website and verified, yes - this game is being televised on it...enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotusland View Post
    I have Sling Blue and Orange but I donít see ACCN on my guide. Am I missing it or there an add on I need to buy?
    It looks like you'll have to pay an extra $10/mo for the "Sports Extra Package": https://www.sling.com/programming/sp...ast-conference

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcar1985 View Post
    Damn. I was really looking forward to watching Duke basketball this Wednesday. I wish Duke had some other team they could substitute at the last minute. Hey, NCCU, got a game that night?

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