N.C. State released the ACC portion of its basketball schedule on Wednesday. The nonconference games were announced earlier in the summer.
The highlights from the Wolfpack’s ACC slate:
1) What’s this? A home-and-home between N.C. State and Duke! What was Syracuse busy?
Good of the ACC’s scheduling computer to remember that these Triangle neighbors, who met at least twice a year every year from 1925 until 2004, are allowed to play a home-and-home. This is only the fourth time in 12 years since ACC expansion they will meet twice.
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Duke has lost its last two trips to PNC Arena while N.C. State has lost 15 straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
2) The Wolfpack will play four of its first six ACC games on the road but will welcome Louisville, which is in its second year of conference membership, to Raleigh for the first time since Feb. 1988.
Louisville knocked N.C. State out of the NCAA tournament last March but the Cardinals have lost their last two trips to Raleigh — 101-89 in ’88 and 76-64 in ’86.
3) ESPN likes winners and after a Sweet 16 appearance last season, the Worldwide Leader has given the Wolfpack a pair of Monday games. N.C. State didn’t play any ACC games on Monday last year.
The Wolfpack will play at Florida State on Monday, Feb. 1 (on ESPNU) and at Virginia on Monday, Feb. 15 (on ESPN).
Twice: UNC, Wake Forest, Duke, FSU
Home only: Louisville, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Miami, Boston College
Road only: Virginia, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh
Nov. 8 x-Cal State-Los Angeles
Nov. 13 William & Mary
Nov. 15 South Alabama
Nov. 18 IUPUI
Nov. 23 vs. Arizona State (at Brooklyn)
Nov. 24 vs. LSU or Marquette (at Brooklyn)
Nov. 27 Winthrop
Dec. 1 Michigan
Dec. 5 Bucknell
Dec. 13 at South Florida
Dec. 16 High Point
Dec. 19 at Missouri
Dec. 22 UNCG
Dec. 29 Northeastern
Jan. 2 at Virginia Tech
Jan. 7 Louisville
Jan. 10 at Wake Forest
Jan. 13 FSU
Jan. 16 at UNC
Jan. 19 at Pitt
Jan. 23 Duke
Jan. 27 Georgia Tech
Jan. 30 Miami
Feb. 1 at FSU
Feb. 6 at Duke
Feb. 13 Wake Forest
Feb. 15 at Virginia
Feb. 20 Clemson
Feb. 24 UNC
Feb. 27 at Syracuse
March 2 Boston College
March 5 at Notre Dame
March 8-12 ACC tournament (at Washington)