The ACC released its 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule Wednesday afternoon.
The conference fun will get started in Raleigh.
Wake Forest will travel to N.C. State for a 7:30 p.m. tip Dec. 6 – the same day as the ACC championship game in football. There will be one other league game that month, on Dec. 13 (Florida State at Notre Dame).
At first glance, Duke has a few notable tough stretches – the Blue Devils will play Syracuse and North Carolina back-to-back, as they did last season. The Orange will host Duke on Feb. 14, and the Tar Heels will come to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 18. Duke also will have a few dreaded two-games-in-three-days stretches, most notably traveling to Louisville on Jan. 17 before hosting Pittsburgh on Jan. 19.
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Finally, thanks to a late nonconference game, Duke will have three road games during one week: at St. John’s on Jan. 25 (Sunday), at Notre Dame on Jan. 28 (Wednesday) and at defending league champion Virginia on Jan. 31 (Sunday).
Speaking of trips to Virginia, this will be the first time since the 1961-62 season – Dean Smith’s first at UNC – that the Tar Heels won’t play in Charlottesville. In the name of expansion, the Tar Heels will be making their first appearance at Louisville and Pitt.
N.C. State won’t appear on ESPN’s Big Monday telecasts, but the Wolfpack doesn’t have any two-games-in-three-days stretches as a consolation prize. Duke and UNC will face that challenge three times.
The Wolfpack, however, will play Duke and North Carolina within a four-day span, Jan. 11 and 14 at PNC Arena. The Pack return to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels on Feb. 24.