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Duke University to take on UAE Thursday night

Duke University, the most successful college basketball team of the past 25 years landed in Dubai Wednesday night ahead of Thursday night's scheduled friendly match with the UAE national team

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 12:11 August 25, 2011
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Photo:Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • The Players of Duke Blue Devils Men's Basketball during training at Al Wasl. Duke is to take on UAE on Thursday night, August 25, at Al Wasl.
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Dubai: Duke University, the most successful college basketball team of the past 25 years landed in Dubai Wednesday night ahead of Thursday night's scheduled friendly match with the UAE national team.

The clash will be at Al Wasl Stadium, on the way back from their respective tours of China and Taipei.

The game gets underway at 9.30pm but gates open at 8pm.

Coach K

Fans will get a unique chance to watch legendary USA and Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski in action. ‘Coach K', as he's better known, led the USA to their 2008 Olympic Gold Medal and helped the national side towards their 2010 FIBA World Championship title, with 900 career wins he's only three matches from being named the most successful coach in NCAA Division One history.

Coach K has won four National Championships with Duke University and has coached 23 NBA draft first round picks in his 32-years in charge and 11 NBA top ten picks.

One of the team's future NBA hopes Austin Rivers, son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers will also be showcasing his skills after just three games with Duke University since joining as a freshman. For autograph hunters Doc Rivers will also be in attendance watching his son from the bleachers.

Five freshmen

The legendary coach is again in a restructuring phase with his team integrating five freshmen into the 12 man squad in the hope of continuing the sides collegiate dominance with youth.

To buy a ticket

Only upper and middle level tickets are left at Dh70 and Dh100. They must be purchased via the Duplays website: www.duplays.com/payment. Purchased tickets can be collected at the stadium.

Team Sheets

Duke University

Austin Rivers

Quinn Cook

Tyler Thornton

Mason Plumlee

Alex Murphy

Michael Gbinije

Josh Hairston

Andre Dawkins

Miles Plumlee

Seth Curry

Ryan Kelly

Marshall Plumlee

Todd Zafirovski

 

UAE

HAJI JASSIM

MUBARAK SALEM

AHMAD IBRAHIM

ALSARI IBRAHIM

AHMAD HUSAIN

AL BRAIKI MOHAMMAD

ALAMERI OMAR

AL ZAABI RASHED

OMAR QAIS

BANIHAMMAD MALALLA

ALHATTAWI ALI

ABDULLAH JASIM

SALEM KHALIFA

ALALI RASHID

AL JUNAIBI HASHIL

AL NUAIMI TALAL

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