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ACC releases first hoops schedule after recent expansion

Posted August 22, 2013

James Michael McAdoo (43) goes up for a shot during the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. NC State Wolfpack NCAA basketball game, Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

— 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.

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  • Ken D. Aug 23, 10:41 a.m.

    WHY in the world are there two league games before Christmas? This arrangement is not fair and... View More

    — Posted by dmccall

    My first thought, too. Didn't conference play always start AFTER the first of the year? (in the ... View More

    — Posted by TB from WF

    Generally, it did, before the league went to an 18 game schedule. There are a number of reasons, some good, some bad for this. You'd like to have a chance for some interesting out of conference games after Christmas, and you can't do that and finish the season in time for the tourney schedules.

    Also, the networks paying the big bucks are interested in getting more early season programming that doesn't involve Prairie View A&M. I would want at least a few non-conference warmups before playing one that counts. That's what November is for.

  • tBeast Aug 23, 9:03 a.m.

    How great is it that both UNC and dook play Maryland only once and both games are home games... View More

    — Posted by bobbyj

    They negotiated that 53 mil. away with Swoffy by giving those two games to carolina late last... View More

    — Posted by MoDuke v2 is gone

    so very delusional.

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Aug 22, 10:23 p.m.

    How great is it that both UNC and dook play Maryland only once and both games are home games... View More

    — Posted by bobbyj

    They negotiated that 53 mil. away with Swoffy by giving those two games to carolina late last year to keep the tarheels out of the nit.

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Aug 22, 10:17 p.m.

    WHY in the world are there two league games before Christmas? This arrangement is not fair and... View More

    — Posted by dmccall

    My first thought, too. Didn't conference play always start AFTER the first of the year? (in the ... View More

    — Posted by TB from WF

    No. Some years ago Duke would always play UVa. in early Dec.

  • royunc Aug 22, 7:47 p.m.

    It must suck to be a Maryland fan.

    "Go Heels"

  • TB from WF Aug 22, 7:41 p.m.

    WHY in the world are there two league games before Christmas? This arrangement is not fair and... View More

    — Posted by dmccall

    My first thought, too. Didn't conference play always start AFTER the first of the year? (in the past)

  • bobbyj Aug 22, 5:40 p.m.

    How great is it that both UNC and dook play Maryland only once and both games are home games rather than on the road in College Park..... here is a little going away present the 2 big games a year are now NOT happening. Enjoy Iowa on the road in Jan next year....

    Oh boy the way where is the 53 million you owe us!

  • dmccall Aug 22, 5:34 p.m.

    WHY in the world are there two league games before Christmas? This arrangement is not fair and is out of context with the purpose of a regular season.

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