We knew the opponents for the upcoming conference season, now we (finally) know the dates.
The Atlantic Coast Conference likes to be fashionably late to the schedule release party. So with practices starting up in the coming weeks, the ACC decided it would grace its teams with an actual schedule. And, with most divas, the wait was well worth it.
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For the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team, ACC play begins with a road trip to Notre Dame on Saturday, Jan. 5, with that being the only scheduled match-up with the Irish this season. The first Dome conference game comes four days later (Jan. 9) when Clemson comes in.
The Orange, as we knew, will face Duke twice this season (the way God intended). The first game will be in Durham for a Big Monday tilt on Jan. 14. The return date will be Saturday, Feb. 23—a likely ESPN Gameday destination if there ever was one.
The other home-and-home conference contests are with Boston College (@BC Jan. 30; home Feb. 9) and the Pittsburgh Panthers, and new coach Jeff Capel (home Jan. 19; @Pitt Feb. 2).
Syracuse wraps the season with two potentially crucial games: a Big Monday home game with Virginia and then a season finale on CBS at Clemson on March 9.
Another note-worthy feature of this year’s ACC slate is that the Orange will have to only play the dreaded back-to-back Saturday and Monday games twice this season. Of course, the first Sat-Monday set features a home game with Georgia Tech, followed by the Big Monday at Duke. But for all of the questionable scheduling over the years, the gauntlet that is the ACC schedule looks a little more doable than most years.
Below is the entire slate, including the non-conference match-ups. The season is now officially less than two months away and, now that the schedules are finally set, seems closer than ever to being reality.
Nov. 6 (Tues.): Eastern Washington Eagles
Nov. 10 (Sat.): Morehead State Eagles
Nov. 15 (Thurs.): UConn Huskies (at MSG)
Nov. 21 (Wed.): Colgate Raiders
Nov. 28 (Wed.): Ohio State Buckeyes
Dec. 1 (Sat.): Cornell Big Red
Dec. 4 (Tues.): Northeastern Huskies
Dec. 8 (Sat.): Georgetown Hoyas
Dec. 15 (Sat.): Old Dominion Monarchs
Dec. 18 (Tues.): Buffalo Bulls
Dec. 22 (Sat.): Arkansas State Red Wolves
Dec. 29 (Sat.): St. Bonaventure Bonnies
Jan. 5 (Sat.): at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Jan. 9 (Wed.): Clemson Tigers
Jan. 12 (Sat.): Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Jan. 15 (Mon): at Duke Blue Devils
Jan. 19 (Sat.): Pittsburgh Panthers
Jan. 24 (Thurs): at Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Jan. 26 (Sat.): at Virginia Tech Hokies
Jan. 30 (Wed): at Boston College Eagles
Feb. 2 (Sat.): at Pittsburgh Panthers
Feb. 9 (Sat.): Boston College Eagles
Feb. 5 (Tues.): Florida State Seminoles
Feb. 13 (Wed.): at N.C. State Wolfpack
Feb. 20 (Wed.): Louisville Cardinals
Feb. 23 (Sat.): Duke Blue Devils
Feb. 26 (Tues.): at North Carolina Tar Heels
March 2 (Sat.): at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
March 4 (Mon.): Virginia Cavaliers
March 9 (Sat.): at Clemson Tigers