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ACC teams to play a 16-game league schedule again in 2014-15
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced the home and away conference opponents, as well as repeat opponents for each of the league’s 15 women’s basketball teams for the 2014-15 season.
The format for regular-season play is a 16-game ACC schedule. Each team will play two opponents home and away, and will face six opponents at home only and another six on the road only.
“ACC fans will appreciate the fact that the rival partners, those conference members that will play each other home and away each season, are the same for ACC men and women’s basketball,” said Nora Lynn Finch, Senior Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball. “For ACC women’s basketball, the only conference opponents who repeat home and away games each season will be the ‘rival partners’. Long-standing rivalries will be honored, and new conference rivalries will be developed with a schedule that is certain to entertain our fans and challenge our teams.”
Among the highlights of the league’s repeat opponents are Duke and North Carolina, NC State and North Carolina, Florida State and Miami, Georgia Tech and Clemson, Virginia and Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and NC State, Boston College and Notre Dame, and Pitt and Syracuse.
The ACC will welcome Louisville to the league on July 1, 2014. Louisville went 33-5 overall and 16-2 in the American Athletic Conference during the 2013-14 season. The Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Championship Regional Final for the second straight year.
The ACC was represented by nine postseason squads in 2014, including eight teams in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, which was tied for the most of any conference. The league had three teams advance to the Regional Finals and two in the Final Four. The ACC finished the 2013-14 season with a 184-91 (.669) record against non-conference competition.
As we anticipate the start of the 2014-15 season, the future is extremely bright for ACC women's basketball. In ESPN's 25 teams to watch in 2014-15, five ACC teams rank among the 25, including three in the Top 10. Notre Dame was predicted at No. 5, Duke at No. 7 and North Carolina at No. 10, while Louisville came in at No. 16 and Syracuse at No. 21. Five of the top 25 incoming recruiting classes belong to ACC schools.