ACC releases first hoops schedule after recent expansion
Posted August 22, 2013
Greensboro, N.C. — North Carolina State and Duke basketball will each open their 2013-14 ACC slate of games with newcomers to the conference while North Carolina and Wake Forest will get conference play started with a matchup that dates back to 1911.
The 135-game, regular-season schedule for the expanded 15-team ACC was released Thursday and boasts a telecast for every one. Each of the 15 ACC schools will play four opponents twice and 10 opponents one time.
NC State will host new ACC member Pittsburgh at Noon on Jan. 4, marking the conference opener for each team and the league’s first game following the New Year. Later on the 4th, Duke will visit Notre Dame in a game that can be seen on WRAL-TV.
ACC play at Cameron Indoor Stadium opens Tuesday, Jan. 7 against Georgia Tech.
UNC opens their ACC slate on Jan. 5 with an 8 p.m. game at Wake Forest. Their first shot at a new member of the ACC comes Jan. 11 at Syracuse.
The Battle of the Blues rivalry between Duke and UNC will start in Chapel Hill on Wed., Feb. 12. They will close their regular seasons in Durham on March 8. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN with College Game Day airing their weekly show from Cameron Indoor Stadium for the second meeting.
Duke and NC State will play each other just once – a 2 p.m. game on Jan. 18 on WRAL-TV.
UNC and NC State will play each other twice in the month of February. The teams square off in Chapel Hill on Feb. 1 and in Raleigh on Feb. 26.
“I always want a difficult schedule,” said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. “I want to be aggressive even in a year when we are so young and inexperienced.”
The two winningest head coaches of all-time, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, will meet for the first time as conference foes on Feb. 1 in Syracuse. The Orange will travel to Cameron just three weeks later on Feb. 22.
The ESPN group of networks will televise 79 games, including all 14 ACC Tournament games. ESPN3 will broadcast 130 of the 135 conference games. Eight ACC matchups will be featured on ESPN's Big Monday lineup with UNC or Duke playing in five of them.
WRAL-TV will carry five nationally televised ACC games: Duke at Notre Dame on Jan. 4, NC State at Duke on Jan. 18, Syracuse at Miami on Jan. 25, Pittsburgh at North Carolina on Feb. 15 and Virginia at Maryland on March 9.