Virginia’s ACC Basketball Opponents Announced

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The ACC officially released the league’s matchups for men’s basketball in the 2017-2018 season Thursday. Each of the 15 teams play 18 games in the regular season before the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn in March. The dates and times will be announced at a later date after the ACC’s television partners finalize those details.

For Virginia, the conference breakdown looks like this:

  • Home/Road – Louisville, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Syracuse
  • Home – Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Boston College, Notre Dame
  • Road – Florida State, Miami, Duke, Wake Forest, Pitt

VT, of course, is the in-state rival so the home-home battle there is part of the permanent rotation. With the Hokies also making the NCAA Tournament last season, those games rise in excitement and importance. Louisville, meanwhile, is the other permanent partner for hoops since joining the league in 2014. The Cardinals quickly have become one of the best matchups on the schedule each season.

This marks the first time since the 2012-2013 season that the Hoos will face the Yellow Jackets twice in the regular season. The two teams split that season in Charlottesville and Atlanta. UVA won last season’s only meeting at the John Paul Jones Arena, 62-49. Virginia and Cuse will play twice in the regular season for the first time since the Orange joined the ACC in 2013. Syracuse won last season’s meeting at the Carrier Dome, 66-62.

The rest of UVA’s slate at the JPJ features two teams with a lot of recent success and three teams trying to get back to the NCAA Tournament. UNC won the ACC and the National Championship last season, while Notre Dame has made the NCAA Tournament six of the past seven seasons with two Elite Eight appearances. Clemson last made the tournament in 2011, while NCSU made four straight trips from 2012-2015 but missed out the last two years. BC last danced in 2009.

Virginia’s road games come against teams with much more recent success for the most part. FSU, Miami, Duke, and Wake Forest all made the field last season. For the Seminoles and Demon Deacons, however, that marked a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 and 2010, respectively. Duke has not missed the tournament since 1995. Miami has danced in three of the last five years.

Since the league moved to an 18-game schedule in 2012-2013, UVA has won 11 games or more each season. Over those five years, the Hoos posted ACC records of 11-7, 16-2, 16-2, 13-5, and 11-7. That’s a combined mark of 67-23, a winning percentage at 74.4%.

For the entire ACC slate, check out this graphic from the conference:

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