The first 18-game basketball schedule in ACC history wont include a Valentines Day game between Duke and North Carolina. Not unless the teams play multiple overtimes when they first meet this season on Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
A Valentines Day date between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils had been a possibility based on the shell of the ACC schedule the conference previously released, but that Feb. 13 meeting does come on Duke coach Mike Krzyzewskis 66th birthday.
The ACC announced dates Wednesday, with times and broadcast networks for all conference games, but the full schedule still has yet to be released. Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State will play each other twice the final time that is guaranteed to happen before Pittsburgh and Syracuse begin ACC play in the 2013-14 academic year.
The league adopted the 18-game schedule in anticipation of the arrival of Pitt and Syracuse, which will make the ACC a 14-team conference.
Fifteen of Dukes 18 conference games will be broadcast on the ESPN networks, and North Carolina will appear 14 times against a league opponent on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
N.C. State, which for the first time since the 2007-08 season will play home-and-home games against Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest, will have 11 conference games shown on the ESPN networks.
The Wolfpack will begin conference play Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. at Boston College. Duke will start league play the same day at noon at home against Wake Forest.
North Carolina will start ACC play Jan. 6 at Virginia at 8 p.m.
I think our conference schedule is going to be tremendously challenging, Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said in a statement the school released. Were playing several teams that have a chance to finish in the top half of the league more than once.
From start to finish, were going to have one of the most competitive schedules of any team in the league.
Duke and North Carolina will meet Feb. 13 in Durham where Krzyzewski will coach against the Tar Heels for the first time on his birthday and again on March 9 in Chapel Hill. That game will be shown nationally on ESPN, which will host its GameDay basketball show from the Smith Center.
GameDay will also be at the PNC Arena in Raleigh for the Wolfpacks game against North Carolina on Jan. 26. The Tar Heels will host N.C. State on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in a game that will be on ESPN or ESPN2.