North Carolina's conference schedule will likely become more difficult next season, when in addition to playing its annual home-and-away series against Duke and N.C. State the Tar Heels will play twice against Virginia and Pittsburgh.
The ACC on Friday announced the rotation of home and away conference games for the next two seasons. After playing twice next season against Virginia and Pitt, the Tar Heels during the 2017-18 season will play two regular-season games against Clemson and Notre Dame.
UNC plays two regular-season games annually against Duke and N.C. State, both of which are UNC's permanent partners in basketball. The Tar Heels play only once, either home or away, against 10 of the league's other 12 teams, and then play the two remaining teams twice, home and away.
During the next two years the Tar Heels will resume – if only for one season – a home-and-away series with two of its oldest ACC rivals. UNC and Virginia haven't played twice in the regular season since 2013. UNC and Clemson haven't played twice in the regular season since 2011.
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Next season the Tar Heels will for the first time play two regular-season games against Pitt, which began ACC play during the 2013-14 season. Once it plays Pitt twice next season, UNC will have played home-and-away series against the four schools who most recently joined the ACC.
UNC has already played twice in the regular season against Notre Dame (2014) and Louisville (2015). The Tar Heels later this month will play against Syracuse for the second time this season.
UNC's home and away schedule rotation during the next two seasons:
Home/Road: Duke, NC State, Virginia, Pitt
Home: Florida State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Road: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest, Boston College
Home/Road: Duke, NC State, Clemson, Notre Dame
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, , Wake Forest, Pitt, Boston College
Road: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse