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League slate highlighted by 229 national appearances
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – A total of 229 national television appearances by league teams highlights the 2015-16 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball schedule announced Wednesday 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 FOX Sports South and regional sports networks across the country. That includes the “ACC Tip-Off” on Wednesday, Dec. 30, in which the opening two games of the conference schedule – Clemson at North Carolina at 7 p.m., followed by Syracuse at Pittsburgh at 9 p.m. – will be shown nationally by ESPN2.
Also highlighting this year’s slate is the 17th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which the ACC leads 10-4-2. ESPN networks will combine to cover every game of the event Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
For the third straight year, the ACC’s participation in Big Monday is an integral part of the conference schedule. Eight ACC games will be shown, beginning on Jan. 4 and then on consecutive Mondays between Jan. 18 and Feb. 29. Each Big Monday game involving an ACC team is set for a 7 p.m. start and will be televised nationally by ESPN.
The 63rd annual ACC Tournament is set for Tuesday, March 8 through Saturday, March 12 at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center. All 14 games will be shown nationally on an ESPN network and the ACC Network, including the prime-time (9 p.m.) championship game on Saturday evening.
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, 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.
ACC teams will play 47 games against nonconference opponents that participated in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and 13 games against teams that played in the 2015 NIT.
In addition, 17 games are scheduled against non-league teams that were included in ESPN’s No-Longer-Way-Too-Early Top 25 released in August. ACC teams also figured prominently in those rankings, with North Carolina at No. 2 and Virginia – winner of an ACC-record 32 regular-season league games over the two years - at No. 4. Defending NCAA champion Duke is at No. 6, and defending league champion Notre Dame resides at No. 16.
The ACC’s current 15 member schools have captured seven of the last 15 NCAA Championships and 16 overall, while combining for 60 Final Four appearances and a national-best 583 NCAA Tournament wins.
Current league members have won 23,058 total games and have had 691 NBA draft picks, including 236 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 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.
Remaining telecast designations for all games involving ACC teams will be announced at a future date.