Cal Poly Pomona excited to play Duke

Duke released its schedule last week with the highlight of the non-conference slate being a rematch against Butler in December. But there is only one game the Blue Devils will play that pits national champions against national champions.

Duke will face defending Division II champion Cal Poly Pomona on Nov. 4 in an exhibition game, and wouldn't you know it? The Southern California program is bringing its own Coach K to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"What an absolute thrill for our players, coaches, staff and university," Cal Poly Pomona coach Greg Kamansky said in a statement. "We'll have an opportunity to savor the successes last season by playing against a program that represents the very best that our sport has to offer. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we look forward to the challenge of playing against a talented team that should be the preseason top-ranked team in the country and coached by one of basketball's true icons and ambassadors."

Cal Poly Pomona is the third defending Division II champion in the past four years that Duke has scheduled for exhibitions, as coach Mike Krzyzewski has said he likes the idea of playing good teams in the lower division to prepare for the season.

The Broncos are so excited about this one that they've created numerous ticket packages surrounding the game, including one for $7,500 they're calling "The Ultimate College Basketball Experience" that gets you two tickets to sit on the team's bench during the game and locker room access along with three nights of hotel accommodations.

Of course, it's going to be quite a memorable experience for Cal Poly Pomona's players as well.

"The (Cameron Crazies) will read up on the bios and razz us a little bit," Cal Poly Pomona spokesman Mark Reinhiller said, adding that the Broncos will be able to lay claim to something not many other lower division college basketball players can.

"We played against the national champs."