The Duke Blue Devils basketball team will host the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats for a preseason exhibition on Saturday.
The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET and will be on ACC Network Extra, which can only be watched on ESPN.com or the ESPN app. It’s not an actual TV channel.
In order to watch ACC Network Extra, you’ll need to sign in with a cable provider that includes ACC Network in the channel package. But if you don’t have cable or don’t have that channel in your package, you can sign up for one of the following live-TV streaming services that include ACC Network, and then use those credentials to watch on the ESPN digital platforms:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand library of TV shows and movies, Hulu With Live TV comes with 60-plus live TV channels, including the ACC Network. If you want to keep the ACC Network for the long-term, this is the cheapest streaming service that includes it.
You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV right here, and you can then watch Duke vs Northwest Missouri State on ACC Network Extra live on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll just need to sign in using your Hulu credentials.
ACC Network is included in Sling TV’s “Sling Orange” plus “Sports Extra” channel bundle.
You can start a free seven-day trial of Sling TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Duke vs Northwest Missouri State on ACC Network Extra on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll just need to sign in using your Sling TV credentials.
PS Vue — which doesn’t require an actual PlayStation console to sign up or watch — offers four different live-TV channel packages, with the upper three bundles including the ACC Network.
You can sign up for PS Vue right here, and you can then watch Duke vs Northwest Missouri State on ACC Network Extra on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll just need to sign in using your PS Vue credentials.
Duke vs Northwest Missouri State Preview
The Blue Devils went 32-6 last season, ultimately falling to the Michigan State Spartans in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. They then saw their three leading scorers — forward Zion Williamson and wings R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish — get selected in the lottery of the 2019 NBA Draft.
Over they offseason, Duke added four freshmen ranked among ESPN’s top 40 prospects: center Vernon Carey Jr., forwards Matthew Hurt and Wendell Moore, and guard Cassius Stanley.
At Countdown to Craziness, the Blue Devils’ 20-minute intrasquad scrimmage ahead of the season, Carey led all participants with 15 points, doing much of his damage around the basket despite coming to campus with more of a perimeter-oriented game.
“He’s 15 pounds lighter and he’s playing where he knows he can get the ball,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said, according to The Chronicle. “Literally, he has not played in the post [before]. His footwork and all that comes from his work with us and our staff since about the second week of July. Tonight was outstanding for him.”
Krzyzewski added: “He was actually a guy that you could play through tonight and that was something really good to see. As a result, his team didn’t take as many threes, they had more assists, it kind of gave a rhythm to his team.”
Carey grabbed 3 rebounds, dished 2 assists, and hit his lone 3-point attempt.
“I feel like I can just produce from [the 3-point line] or wherever coach puts me,” the freshman said, per The Chronicle. “Like I said, I’m just working on my versatility to be honest.”
Duke traditionally hosts the reigning NCAA Division II national champions for an exhibition before the following season. In March, Northwest Missouri State bested the Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions 64-58 in the D-II title game.
“We’ve got a lot returning and that’s sometimes a blessing and a curse,” Bearcats head coach Ben McCollum said, according to the St. Joseph News-Press. “Everything goes pretty good because they know the system, but sometimes that can stick at ‘good,’ so hopefully our guys know what it means to compete and play at a high level.”
The Bearcats won their first national championship in 2017, beating the Fairmont State Fighting Falcons 71-61. Seven months later, they visited Duke for an exhibition, falling 93-60.
“The thing with when you prepare for somebody that elite is you have to do a lot of the little things we preach all the time extremely well, because they are going to hit really tough shots,” McCollum said, per the St. Joseph News-Press.
He added: “We’ll compete and hopefully give them a good look and hopefully make them better. I know we’ll be made better through it.”
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