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Winston-Salem State Coming To Cameron This Fall

A meeting of two legendary programs in a legendary arena

Shaw at Duke men’s basketball
Shaw head coach Cleo Hill, Jr., and Malik Alvin (2) watch as Duke takes the foul line in the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Duke beat Shaw University, 80-66.
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As you know by now, Duke and Villanova are playing a closed scrimmage, which takes one exhibition game off the board. The other though?

That’s going to be against Winston-Salem State.

Duke’s tradition is a lot more publicized, but the Rams have a pretty damn good one too. Start with Clarence “Big House” Gaines, who...well, we’re just going to crib from Wikipedia here because it would take too long to do it otherwise. Check this out:

“After winning the national title in 1967, he was named the NCAA Division II College Coach of the Year. Gaines was named the CIAA coach of the year a record six times (1957, 61, 63, 70, 75, 80); received the CIAA Basketball Tournament Outstanding Coach Award eight times (1953, 57, 60, 61, 63, 66, 70, 77); was inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame (1975), NAIA Helms Hall of Fame (1968) and N.C. Sports Hall of Fame (1978) and received the Silver Buffalo Awardfrom the Boy Scouts of America. In 2006, he was named part of the founding class of the College Basketball Hall of Fame.“

Among his greatest players were Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Cleo Hill, whose son is now Winston-Salem State’s coach, and he’s done pretty well there in his first two years. Last year he won WSSU’s first CIAA championship in eight years and was the CIAA Coach of the Year in his first season.

The date for the game has not been announced yet.