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May 29, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced the home and away conference opponents, while also determining repeat opponents for each of the league's 15 women's basketball teams.
The format for regular-season play is a 16-game ACC schedule. Each team will host six opponents at home, will play six opponents away, and will play two opponents home and away.
"The 2013-14 season promises to be the most competitive season in the proud history of ACC women's basketball, and with the reduction in conference regular-season games from 18 last season to 16 this season, every game will have an impact on the 2014 ACC Tournament seeding," said Nora Lynn Finch, Senior Associate Commissioner for Women's Basketball/Senior Woman Administrator. "During the league's illustrious history, every current and incoming member of the ACC has earned national rankings and has NCAA Tournament experience; the nationally acclaimed incoming freshmen class and prominent new members ensure that the upcoming season will excite, entertain and thrill our fans and media."
Headlining the league's repeat opponents are Duke and Notre Dame. Duke won its fourth consecutive ACC regular-season crown in 2012-13 with a 17-1 conference record, while Notre Dame won its second straight BIG EAST regular-season championship last season. The Blue Devils' other repeat opponent is North Carolina, while the Irish match up with Boston College twice in addition to Duke. NC State will also play North Carolina at home and on the road, and Wake Forest will see the Wolfpack twice in 2013-14. Florida State and Miami will meet twice as will Georgia Tech and Clemson, Virginia and Virginia Tech, and Pitt and Syracuse.
The ACC will welcome Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse to the league on July 1, 2013. The trio earned a combined 68-31 (.687) record, including a 41-10 (.804) mark against nonconference foes during the 2012-13 season. Syracuse and Notre Dame both earned berths in the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, and the Irish advanced to the Final Four for the third-straight year.
The ACC was represented by six overall postseason squads, including five teams in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. The five teams in the tournament marked the 19th consecutive season at least four ACC teams were selected to the field. Overall, the ACC has made 14 Final Four appearances. The ACC earned a 115-57 (.669) mark against non-conference competition.
Including the new ACC members, seven teams reached the 20-win plateau, with two teams collecting 30-or-more wins during the 2012-13 season.
With the start of next season still months away, the future is extremely bright for ACC women's basketball. In ESPN's 25 teams to watch in 2013-14, five ACC teams rank among the 25, including four in the Top 10. Duke was predicted at No. 2, Maryland at No. 5, North Carolina at No. 7 and Notre Dame at No. 10. Eight of the top 25 incoming recruiting classes belong to ACC schools.