ACC sticks with 18-game schedule in hoops, eight games in football

October 3, 2012

With the addition of Notre Dame, the ACC has announced it will play an eight-game conference football schedule, beginning in the 2013 season. The league previously said it would move to a nine-game conference schedule with next year’s additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

In men’s and women’s basketball, the ACC will continue with its 18-game conference schedule. Each team will play a home-and-away series against two primary partners. The remaining 14 games “will feature home and away games with two rotating opponents and five home-only games and five road-only games.”

Maryland’s primary partners will be Pittsburgh and Virginia.

The league announced in February that, with the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, each team would have just one primary partner (in Maryland’s case, it was only Pittsburgh). The addition of Notre Dame necessitated an adjustment.

The ACC/Big 10 challenge will feature 12 teams with the highest RPI from the previous season, according to the release. The ACC tournament will continue with its current format, featuring all teams, with the top four seeds receiving byes into the quarterfinal round. The tournament will now begin with three games on Wednesday.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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Alex Prewitt · October 3, 2012