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Every league game, ACC Tournament to be televised
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - A strong slate of televised league games highlights the 2014-15 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball schedule released today by Commissioner John Swofford.
All 135 regular-season ACC games and each of the 14 ACC Tournament games are slated to be available on an ESPN network, the ACC Network, CBS Sports or the league's regional cable networks. The total of 149 head-to-head televised meetings between conference teams ties the league record set last season.
For the second straight year, the ACC’s participation in Big Monday presented by Verizon is an integral part of the conference schedule. Eight ACC games will be shown, beginning on Jan. 5 and on consecutive Mondays between Jan. 19 and March 2. Big Monday will take a one-week hiatus as ESPN debuts the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12. Each Big Monday game involving an ACC team is set for a 7 p.m. start and will be televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.
Another highlight will be the 62nd annual ACC Tournament, set for Tuesday, March 10 through Saturday, March 14 at the Greensboro Coliseum. All 14 games will be shown nationally on an ESPN network and the ACC Network, including the 8:30 p.m. championship game on Saturday. It marks the first year since 1981 that the championship game is slated for prime time on Saturday night.
Each of the ACC controlled regular-season games, 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, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
The 2014-15 season marks the inaugural campaign for Louisville, further enhancing a league that historically has been college basketball’s strongest.
The 15 schools that will comprise the ACC this season have captured 15 NCAA National Championships while combining for 59 Final Four appearances and a national-best 565 NCAA Tournament wins.
Current league members have won 22,732 total games and have had 680 NBA draft picks, including 230 first round selections.
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 five active Division I coaches that have been selected for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will compete in the ACC this season - Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.
Krzyzewski (983 career victories) and Boeheim (948) rank as the two winningest coaches in NCAA history.