The ACC released the 2014-15 basketball schedule Wednesday. Here is what it looks like for Duke.
The full 2014-15 Duke men's basketball schedule pic.twitter.com/4QrRlBCPui— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) August 27, 2014
At first glance, three particularly tough stretches stand out:
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1. The Blue Devils play Syracuse and North Carolina back-to-back, as they did last year. The Orange host Duke on Feb. 14, and the Tar Heels come to Cameron on Feb. 18.
2. Duke also has the dreaded two-games-in-three-days turnarounds, traveling to Louisville on Jan. 17 (Sat.) before hosting Pittsburgh on Big Monday Jan. 19. The second such stretch—vs. Notre Dame Sat., Feb. 7 (happy birthday to me!) and at FSU Mon., Feb. 9—won’t be a cakewalk, either.
The least difficult one will come first on the calendar: at N.C. State Jan. 11 (Sun.) and vs. Miami on Jan. 13 (Tues). Expansion has certainly brought unbalanced scheduling—N.C State and Wake Forest have no two-in-three stretches.
3. Thanks to a late nonconference game, Duke will have three road games in one week: at St. John’s on Jan. 25 (Sun.), at Notre Dame Jan. 28 (Wed.) and. at defending-champion Virginia Jan. 31 (Sat.).