Duke basketball's ACC opponents, sites set for next two seasons

Posted by Laura Keeley on April 22, 2014 

A return trip to the Carrier Dome awaits Amile Jefferson, Quinn Cook and the rest of the 2014-15 Blue Devils.

CHUCK LIDDY

The ACC league office released its basketball matchups for next season and the year after Tuesday morning. The full list is here ( marvel at Virginia’s yet again favorable schedule). Below is a breakdown of what awaits Duke.

2014-15 home and away: UNC, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Notre Dame

Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College

Road: Florida State, N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville

First impressions: The ACC obviously enjoyed Duke-Syracuse this past year, just as ESPN did (the two regular season games between the teams where the first and second-most watched college basketball broadcasts on the network last season). The league enjoyed the new rivalry so much that it scheduled another home-and-home series between the two schools. Duke-Syracuse is the only rotating home-and-home series that will be played twice in the first three years of the 15-team ACC. Syracuse won’t be as intimidating without Tyler Ennis, Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair, but if this is a true rivalry game, the contests should be entertaining nonetheless.

When looking at Duke’s home-only opponents for 2014-15, it’s a bit … uninspiring. Just one (Pittsburgh) made the NCAA tournament, and the home-only opponents combine for a league-worst .422 conference winning percentage (Louisville wasn’t factored into that calculation). Of course, UNC, the likely preseason favorite, will add a degree of difficulty to the home schedule, as will Syracuse.

Duke’s road-only opponents were an even .500 (36-36) in ACC play last season, making it the league’s seventh-toughest road-only schedule. No surprise to see Duke make its initial conference trip to Louisville after not visiting Maryland last season.

2015-16 home and away: UNC, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Louisville

Home: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Notre Dame

Road: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College

This will be the schedule that awaits Luke Kennard and Sean Obi, who will both begin their Duke careers that season. Beyond that, hard to say much definitive.

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