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ACC Announces 3-Year Rotation for 20-Game Hoops Schedule



The ACC has announced its men’s basketball opponents for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, which will be the first with a 20-game conference schedule.

Each team will have two permanent rivals that will play twice annually. Of the other 12 ACC teams, each team will play four of them twice, four only on the road, and four at home in a three-year rotating cycle.

Pitt’s permanent rivals will remain Louisville and Syracuse, as they have been since Louisville entered the ACC in 2014.

In 2019-20, Pitt will play Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina twice. The following season, the Panthers will see Clemson, Duke, NC State and Wake Forest two times. Finally, they’ll play Boston College, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech twice in 2021-22.

Of the marquee teams in the conference, Pitt will host either Duke or North Carolina in every season and both in 2020-21.

The conference is moving from an 18-game schedule to a 20-game schedule in 2019, partially to increase the number of games available for the new ACC Network, which is set to launch in August.

Also for the first time in 2019, conference games will be scheduled in the fall, with most teams starting their season with a conference game and then playing one more league contest before the calendar turns to 2020.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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