GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2016-17 basketball schedule on Monday. A total of 321 games will be broadcast, including 167 that will be televised nationally.
All 135 ACC regular-season league games and all 14 games of the New York Life ACC Tournament will be available on an ESPN network, the ACC Network, ACC Network Extra, CBS or Regional Sports Networks (RSN).
Fans will be able to view 84 home nonconference games solely via ACC Network Extra, which was unveiled in July. In addition to that exclusive content, all games carried on an ESPN platform, the ACC Network or RSN will also be available via ACC Network Extra or the WatchESPN app.
“This year’s ACC Basketball schedule once again highlights just how brutal, and I mean that in the most positive way, it is to play in this league day in and day out,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Between the quality non-conference games, the 18-game league schedule and the ACC Tournament heading to New York City for the first of two years, there’s great anticipation for the season ahead.”
ACC teams open regular-season play on Friday, November 11. The first conference games of the 2016-17 season are set for December 28, when Wake Forest travels to Florida State, and Virginia visits Louisville.
Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will play host to the New York Life ACC Tournament for the first time. The 64th annual event opens with three first-round games on Tuesday, March 7 and culminates with the Saturday night championship game on March 11.
Another highlight of this year’s schedule is the 18th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which the ACC leads 10-5-2. ESPN networks will combine to cover every game of the event Nov. 28-30.
ACC teams are scheduled to play 59 nonconference games this season against opponents that reached postseason play in 2016, including 31 games against NCAA Tournament teams.
The ACC’s current 15 member schools have captured seven of the last 16 NCAA Championships and 16 overall, while combining for 62 Final Four appearances and a national-best 601 NCAA Tournament wins. ACC teams have combined to win an NCAA-record 36 NCAA Tournament games over the past two seasons, including a 32-8 mark versus teams from outside the conference.
Additionally, three of the top five, four of the top 10 and six of the top 25 winningest programs in NCAA Division I basketball history currently reside in the ACC.
Four of the six active Division I coaches that have been selected for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will again compete in the ACC this season - Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.
Each of the ACC controlled regular-season games in 2016-17, with the exception of the CBS telecasts, will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.