ACC keeps 18-game hoops schedule, eight for football

ACC keeps 18-game hoops schedule, eight for football
October 3, 2012, 5:45 pm
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Plenty of changes are coming to the ACC. For now, the football and basketball schedule parameters remain the same -- though each of the hoop programs have a new home-and-home partner.

The conference announced on Wednesday plans to continue with 18-game schedule for men's and women's basketball even with the eventual addition of Notre Dame.

On the football side, an eight-game slate of conference games will remain the norm. Previously the ACC stated plans for a nine-game regular season following the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh. All plans begin with the 2013 season.

While Notre Dame will not be a full football partner, the Fighting Irish will play five ACC teams each season.Divisions, primary crossover partners and rotating opponents from the opposite division remain as previously announced.

One change on the basketball side comes from the addition of a second partner each team will face home and away every season. Previously the conference established one home-and-away foe each team.

After years of having Duke and Virginia in that role, Maryland initially wound up with Pittsburgh but the latest changes have reunited the Terps and Cavaliers.

In addition to Maryland, Virginia's other partner is Virginia Tech while the Hokies will also face Miami twice each regular season.

The remaining 14 conference games "will feature home and away games with two rotating opponents and five home-only games and five road-only games," the conference announced.

All 15 basketball programs will compete in the ACC Tournament, which will open with three games on Wednesday, followed by four games on Thursday and Friday, two semifinals on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday. The top four seeds will continue to receive byes into Friday's quarterfinal round.The annual ACCBig 10 Challenge will include the 12 teams with the best RPI from the previous year.