UNC will open ACC play at Virginia on Jan. 6, a Sunday night. PHOTO: Robert Willett
CHAPEL HILL — The ACC basketball schedule is out. At least the schedule for conference games.
The league office earlier today released the ACC-only portion of its basketball schedule, which has come out over the past weeks and months in piecemeal form. We know the schedule for various holiday tournaments that involve league teams, and we know the schedule for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Now we know the full ACC schedule.
Eventually we’ll have the complete schedule, which will be nice.
For now, though, here’s a look at the dates and times for UNC’s games:
Sun. Jan. 6, at Virginia, 8 p.m., ESPNU
Thu. Jan. 10, vs. Miami, 7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Sat. Jan. 12, at Florida State, 2 p.m. ESPN
Sat. Jan. 19, vs. Maryland, Noon, ESPN
Wed. Jan. 23, Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. ESPN
Sat. Jan. 26, at N.C. State, 7 p.m. ESPN
Tue. Jan. 29, at Boston College, 9 p.m., ESPNU
Sat. Feb. 2, vs. Virginia Tech, Noon, ACC Network
Tue. Feb. 5, vs. Wake Forest, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Sat. Feb. 9 at Miami, 2 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2
Wed. Feb. 13, at Duke, 9 p.m. ESPN/ACC Network
Sat. Feb. 16, vs. Virginia, Noon, ACC Network
Tue. Feb. 19, at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m., ACC Network
Sat. Feb. 23, vs. N.C. State, 4 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Thu. Feb. 28, at Clemson, 7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Sun. March 3, vs. Florida State, 2 p.m., CBS
Wed. March 6, at Maryland, 7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Sat. March 9, vs. Duke, 9 p.m. ESPN
So there you have it.
A couple quick observations/thoughts:
--UNC and Duke won’t meet on Valentine’s Day, which was possible according to the shell of the schedule the league had previously sent out. But if the Blue Devils and Tar Heels go into triple-overtime, or maybe even double-overtime, they’ll begin Valentine’s Day together at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
--The Heels’ game at Florida State comes almost exactly one year to the day that the Seminoles handed UNC that 33-point loss a season ago in Tallahassee. That came on Jan. 14, 2012. The teams meet again at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center (none of this Donald L. Tucker Center stuff for me, thanks) on Jan. 12 this season.
--Five of UNC’s 18 conference games will tip off at 9 p.m. Two of those late tips are at home (Georgia Tech and Duke) and three are on the road (Boston College, Duke and Georgia Tech).
--The Tar Heels will face just one two-day turnaround in league play. They play Miami at home on Jan. 10 before traveling to Tallahassee for that Florida State game on Jan. 12, a Saturday. The Heels do have a few Saturday-Tuesday games: at N.C. State (Jan. 26) and at Boston College (Jan. 29); vs. Virginia Tech (Feb. 2) and vs. Wake Forest (Feb. 5); and vs. Virginia (Feb. 16) and at Georgia Tech (Feb. 19).