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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Katz: ACC schools pleased with 'partners'

By Robbi Pickeral

There was an unusual consensus when the ACC released the newest list of "primary partners" Wednesday for league basketball scheduling, ESPN.com's Andy Katz writes. Every school was pleased:
The ACC had to adjust its scheduling format with the addition of Notre Dame, which could join anywhere from 2013 to 2015. The conference, committed to an 18-game schedule, had to lock in to two annual home-and-home series.

For a few schools, such as Virginia, there was nothing to ponder. The Cavaliers have two natural rivals in Virginia Tech and Maryland. Done.

"It makes sense geographically," said UVa coach Tony Bennett. "They've been our natural rivalries for years."

Boston College landed two tough opponents, but the Eagles couldn't have been happier to get two schools that will help fill the usually staid Conte Forum. BC will play Notre Dame and Syracuse twice every season.

"It's great for our alumni and fans," said Boston College coach Steve Donahue. "I'm sure excited about it."

Click here for the rest of Katz' story.

And for more on UNC's two primary partners, click here.

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