The Penn State men's basketball team will play the Duke Blue Devils early in the 2016-17 season, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Duke will play Penn State and Cincinnati will face URI in the first round of the 2016 HOF Classic at Mohegan Sun, source told @CBSSports.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 4, 2016
We already knew that Penn State would get a game against Duke, Cincinnati, or Rhode Island in the tournament's first round, but now we know that it will be against the most high profile program of the three by far.
Duke was a 4-seed in this year's tournament and made it to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to Oregon. Forward Brandon Ingram was the star of the team, but he will be in the NBA Draft. Guards Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard could choose to head to the league as well, though neither has announced, and center Marshall Plumlee is out of eligibility. That said, Duke's 2016 recruiting class has three five-star prospects ranked in the top 15 nationally according to 247 Sports in forward Harry Giles, forward Jayson Tatum, and guard Frank Jackson, so they will not lack for elite talent in this matchup.
We will have more information on Duke and other non-conference opponents like Grand Canyon as we get closer to the start of the season.