ACC commissioner John Swofford told reporters last month that the addition of Notre Dame would likely mean the return to two “primary partners” in men’s basketball -- meaning Duke and NC State for UNC.
That became official Wednesday.
The ACC will continue to play an 18-game conference schedule for men’s and women’s basketball with the addition of Notre Dame, the league announced, using a two-partner format.
That means that once Notre Dame joins the league, UNC will play the Blue Devils and Wolfpack home and away during the regular season. It will also play home and away games against two other teams, plus five home-only games and five away-only games to round out the final 10 conference games.
The new list of “primary partners:”
Boston College - Notre Dame and Syracuse
Clemson - Florida State and Georgia Tech
Duke - North Carolina and Wake Forest
Florida State - Clemson and Miami
Georgia Tech - Clemson and Notre Dame
Maryland - Pitt and Virginia
Miami - Florida State and Virginia Tech
North Carolina - Duke and NC State
NC State - North Carolina and Wake Forest
Notre Dame - Boston College and Georgia Tech
Pitt - Maryland and Syracuse
Syracuse - Boston College and Pitt
Virginia - Maryland and Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech - Miami and Virginia
Wake Forest - Duke and NC State
The ACC tournament will continue to include all league teams, but will feature three opening games on Wednesday, four games on Thursday and Friday, two semifinal matchups on Saturday and the title game on Sunday, the release stated. The top four seeds will continue to receive byes into the Friday quarterfinal round.
The 12 teams with the best RPI the previous season will represent the league in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.