GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2019-20 men’s basketball conference schedule on Thursday. This season marks the ACC’s first-ever 20-game conference slate, including seven league matchups to open the regular season.
“There is always tremendous excitement surrounding ACC Basketball, and that’s no different as we look ahead to the 2019-20 season,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The league is coming off its third national championship in the last five seasons, and the collective success by our programs is second-to-none.
“In addition to the anticipation for the season to begin, this year also marks the debut of ACC Basketball on ACC Network which will provide our fans with even more opportunities to follow all of our programs.”
Defending NCAA champion Virginia’s 10 home ACC contests include: North Carolina (Dec. 6 or 7), Virginia Tech (Jan. 4), Syracuse (Jan. 11), NC State (Jan. 20), Florida State (Jan. 28), Clemson (Feb. 5), Notre Dame (Feb. 11), Boston College (Feb. 19), Duke (Feb. 29) and Louisville (March 7).
Their ten games on the road against league opponents begin November: Syracuse (Nov . 6), Boston College (Jan. 7), Florida State (Jan. 15), Georgia Tech (Jan. 18), Wake Forest (Jan. 26), Louisville (Feb. 8), North Carolina (Feb. 15), Pitt (Feb. 22), Virginia Tech (Feb. 26) and Miami (March 4).
Virginia Tech opens the home ACC regular season on Friday, Dec. 6 when they host Duke. The Hokies then go a month before hosting another ACC foe: NC State (Jan. 11), Syracuse (Jan. 18), North Carolina (Jan. 22), Florida State (Feb. 1), Boston College (Feb. 8), Pitt (Feb. 15), Miami (Feb. 19), Virginia (Feb. 26), Clemson (March 4).
The Hokies’ road schedule includes: Clemson (Nov. 5), Virginia (Jan. 4), Syracuse (Jan. 7), Wake Forest (Jan. 14), Boston College (Jan. 25), Miami (Jan. 28), Georgia Tech (Feb. 4), Duke (Feb. 22), Louisville (March 1) and Notre Dame (March 7).
The full non-conference schedule for every team, including game times and television designations, also will be announced at a later date.
The ACC’s current 15 member schools have captured eight of the last 19 NCAA Championships and 17 overall, including Virginia’s first title in 2019. Current ACC member schools have combined for 64 Final Four appearances and a national-best 639 NCAA Tournament wins. League teams have combined to win an NCAA-record 74 NCAA Tournament games over the past five seasons, highlighted by a 68-29 mark versus teams from outside the conference.
Additionally, four of the top eight and six of the top 30 winningest programs in NCAA Division I basketball history currently reside in the ACC. Three of the six active Division I coaches currently in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame are competing in the ACC again this season – Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.