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UNC, Duke featured in 5 of 8 Big Monday telecasts

Posted August 7, 2013

Rasheed Sulaimon #14 of the Duke Blue Devils dribbles against Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN. Louisville defeated Duke 85-63. (Photo by Lance King)

The bit-by-bit release of ACC basketball schedules continued Wednesday as ESPN announced their eight-game Big Monday lineup. Featured will be three appearances by North Carolina, two by Duke and at least one by each of the conference’s three newcomers.

Duke will host Virginia on Jan. 13 to get the eight-week slate started. They will play at Pittsburgh on Big Monday two weeks later. The Blue Devils and Panthers have split 12 previous meetings all-time with Pitt winning the last encounter in 2007, 65-64, in overtime.

UNC will travel to Charlottesville on Jan. 20, visit Florida State on Feb. 17, then wrap up the Big Monday schedule with a home game against Notre Dame on March 3. It will be the Irish’s third trip all-time to Chapel Hill and the first meeting between the teams since the 2008 Maui Invitational.

NC State will not appear on any of the eight Big Monday telecasts in 2014, although that is in no way related to the scheduling dispute with the Carolina Hurricanes and the dual use of PNC Arena. Of the eight scheduled dates, the Hurricanes play at home on just two of them - Jan. 13 and Jan, 27.

All eight ACC Big Monday games will be broadcast on ESPN and tip at 7 p.m. Games will also be available on WatchESPN through the web and on mobile devices.

“ESPN Big Monday provides a terrific window to further showcase ACC Basketball,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This opportunity provides our players, coaches and fans with unprecedented appointment viewing, and it will be exciting to watch all 15 member schools compete throughout the season.”

Other contests in the Big Monday lineup include: Notre Dame at Syracuse on Feb. 3, Maryland at Virginia on Feb. 10 and Syracuse at Maryland on Feb. 24.

The complete 2013-14 ACC basketball schedule is expected to be released later this month.

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  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Aug 8, 11:11 p.m.

    You don't see Northwestern basketball on tv because they've yet to make the NCAAT. Their... View More

    — Posted by cjw6105

    In the Big Ten, you see 5 or 6 teams televised nationally - Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Illinois. The same will be true in the ACC - Duke, UNC, UVa, ND, Cuse, Miami or FSU, and Louisville when they come. Northwestern won't pass any of those 5 anytime soon (sorry Chris Collins)...I think State could pass UVa or FSU, but definitely not any of the others unless Miami and/or UNC have a real investigation done by the NCAA...

  • cjw6105 Aug 8, 8:40 p.m.

    You don't see Northwestern basketball on tv because they've yet to make the NCAAT. Their football is up and down, mostly down, but they still get more opportunities against their top league opponents than State will in this 15-team league. The Big Ten Network will assure the lower-tiered B1G teams of ample tv exposure, but with ESPN running the ACC tv games now, our lower-tier teams will be dumped, like they already have for the upcoming Big Monday and ACC-Big Ten Challenge games.

    So what if teams travel on Monday night? It's no different than Tuesday, Wednesday, or even Thursday. Sunday night games may be the worst of all. There are problems with this travel, yes, and expansion will only make this worse. Plus, the 9pm weeknight games are still bad for not only the players but almost as bad for the fans. Bob Knight, when at Indiana, refused to let his Hoosiers start a weeknight game later than 8:30, and Knight, while a hothead, was spot-on about academics being put above athletics.

    I still believe NC State would be better to cut ties with the ACC. As a season-ticket holder, I don't like seeing the rivalries vs Duke, UVA and GT essentially ended by the expansion, and I certainly don't like seeing the Wolfpack being passed over for prime tv games which certainly will go to the Blues, Orange and Louisville. You look at baseball as well, and despite playing nearly 50 regular-season games, State and UNC weren't allowed to play but 2 games this past season.

    The ACC football divisions need realignment. The Big Four should face each other every football season, and twice in basketball. If this doesn't change pretty soon, I will no longer continue buying season tickets, and I think a lot of other fans from State, Wake and other ACC schools will do likewise. The ACC is no longer anything like it was; it has now become a mega conference that won't care one iota for its lower-tier schools. Big $$ from ESPN is now in control. That does not bode well for schools like NCSU.

  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Aug 8, 2:54 p.m.

    Ken D.- State is one of the lucky ones that don't have to play in any of these games.

    So would... View More

    — Posted by cjw6105

    It's exactly why, as a Wolfpack fan, I wish State would get out of the ACC.

    Would that solve the problem? How often do you see Northwestern (Big Ten) on national TV in either football or basketball?

  • Ken D. Aug 8, 2:39 p.m.

    Ken D.- State is one of the lucky ones that don't have to play in any of these games.

    So would... View More

    — Posted by cjw6105

    Do you think it's a good thing for a team to have to miss another day of classes on a Monday to travel to Tallahassee instead of playing the game on Saturday afternoon?

    And, of course, you would expect that UVa, in a league "run by John Swofford" would get THREE appearances. If NC State and Wake Forest get no respect from the big tv networks, it's because the market has spoken.

  • cjw6105 Aug 8, 1:13 p.m.

    Ken D.- State is one of the lucky ones that don't have to play in any of these games.

    So would you also agree that Virginia, Duke, UNC, Pitt, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Maryland and Florida State are the unlucky ones because they DO have to play in these games?

    This is a most troubling development to me. Maryland gets to participate despite being a lame duck. State, Wake Forest and Clemson, ACC Charter Members, are left out along with Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia Tech. Duke, UVA, ND and Syracuse get 2 appearances each. UNC, as you would expect in a league run by John Swofford, gets THREE appearances. Plus, WF, Clemson and VT have already been left out of next season's ACC-Big Ten Challenge. It doesn't take a triple-digit IQ to see the direction that this league is headed basketball-wise.

    And ACC football doesn't bode much better for the apparent have-nots in this "new" ACC, either. The two divisions, which were out-of-balance from the beginning, will sever, even more, long-term rivalries, especially in the Big Four. FSU and Clemson will continue beating up everyone else in the Atlantic Division, and Miami's continuing football decline that has resulted in zero FSU-Miami title games as expected will continue helping VT, GT and UNC in the Coastal Division. Duke's placement doesn't matter, because until they start recruiting Division One-caliber football players, they'll be on the bottom of any Division One standing. But as long as the Blue Devils' men's basketball program remains the nation's best, I doubt they really care.

    So, it looks to me that the REAL losers in this scenario have to be NC State and Wake Forest, who right now seem to get no gridiron or court respect from the big tv networks, let alone their own conference administrators.

    It's exactly why, as a Wolfpack fan, I wish State would get out of the ACC. Even if they were to go independent, their new schedules couldn't possibly be any worse than what we're getting now, especially for our home games.

  • Ken D. Aug 8, 12:19 p.m.

    Boo! Again I say boo!

    I hate Monday night basketball games!

    — Posted by hi_i_am_wade

    Me too, but we knew this day was coming after the Big East was completely dismantled. Just... View More

    — Posted by gtr

    Why do you guys hate Monday night games? A 7 PM tip time means you won't lose any sleep... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    It's a lot better for the fans than it is for the teams. These games replace a weekend game, where travel for the visiting team isn't as disruptive to academics as it is during the week. The league didn't do Carolina any favors by making them the only team that has to play two road games on Monday night.

    State is one of the lucky ones that don't have to play in any of these games.

  • Ken D. Aug 8, 10:35 a.m.

    ESPN hype machine created the distortions.......

    NCSU s-t-a-r-t-e-d the ACC. All know this.

    — Posted by Alex25

    We need a sarcasm font here. I can't tell if you're joking or if you really believe that.

  • trueblue0100 Aug 8, 9:27 a.m.

    "NC State will not appear on any of the eight Big Monday telecasts in 2014, although that is in no way related to the scheduling dispute with the Carolina Hurricanes and the dual use of PNC Arena."

    It's because they don't want to stink up the telecast. Looks like little bitty brother gets snubbed again. WOW!

  • Gunnstigator Aug 8, 7:43 a.m.

    Boo! Again I say boo!

    I hate Monday night basketball games!

    — Posted by hi_i_am_wade

    Me too, but we knew this day was coming after the Big East was completely dismantled. Just... View More

    — Posted by gtr

    Why do you guys hate Monday night games? A 7 PM tip time means you won't lose any sleep watching the game. Adding a night of basketball games means less conflict and maybe less overlapping games.

  • gtr Aug 7, 10:52 p.m.

    Boo! Again I say boo!

    I hate Monday night basketball games!

    — Posted by hi_i_am_wade

    Me too, but we knew this day was coming after the Big East was completely dismantled. Just another example of the oversaturation of college sports on TV, and the schools involved are going to need to get more and more accustomed to having NBA-like schedules. There may even be Friday night games someday.

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