N.C. State will face UNC, Duke, Wake Forest twice in men's hoops

jgiglio@newsobserver.comJune 23, 2012 

N.C. State’s first 18-game ACC basketball schedule will be a throwback.

The Wolfpack will play home-and-home games with North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest during the 2012-13 season.

Coach Mark Gottfried’s second team also will play two games against ACC tournament champion Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Boston College next season. The Pack will play Miami and Virginia Tech only at home, with road-only games against Maryland and Virginia.

The Wolfpack, 24-13 a year ago, returns four starters and adds three McDonald’s All-Americans and is one of the early favorites to win the ACC. UNC, Duke and Florida State also are expected to contend, and the Pack will play each twice.

The ACC has not released a schedule model for the 18-game format, but N.C. State and UNC no longer are guaranteed to play home-and-home annually, which they have done since the 1919-20 season.

The ACC designated Wake Forest as N.C. State’s permanent partner for scheduling purposes. The other teams N.C. State will play twice each year will rotate on an annual basis, so there will be years when State and Carolina only meet once.

UNC, Duke and Wake Forest are among the eight ACC schools that previously released schedule information. N.C. State did not release the information Friday, but its opponents can be determined by other released schedules.

In anticipation of expanding to 14 teams, with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the ACC increased its conference schedule from 16 to 18 games for the upcoming season. Pittsburgh and Syracuse are expected to join the league for the 2013-14 basketball season.

N.C. State went 9-7 in the ACC last season, its first winning conference mark since the 2005-06 season, and were seeded fifth in the league tournament. The Pack was winless (0-5) against the four teams ahead of them.

N.C. State’s nonconference schedule includes a spot in the Puerto Rico Tip-off in November, with Oklahoma State and Tennessee, a Big Ten challenge game at Michigan and a return home game with Stanford.

The ACC is expected to release the complete schedule later this summer.

Giglio: 919-829-8938

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