The University of Notre Dame and the ACC jointly announced ND's 2013-14 ACC basketball opponents this afternoon (und.com press release link here).
ND will play home-and-home series vs: Boston College, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia
ND will host: Clemson, Duke, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech
ND will travel to: Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, Wake Forest.
Looking at last year's standings, ND drawing two games vs. BC and GT will certainly help the Irish in year 1. North Carolina is sure to be much improved, and Tony Bennett has Virginia headed in a very positive direction. It could have been a better draw, but it certainly could have been much worse.
From a pure basketball perspective, bringing Duke up to Purcell Pavillion (I still want to call it the ACC) is a big break. ND's record in these "big" home games is pretty good, and this will certainly be prime-time viewing on tWWL. However, I've been dying to see how our guys will respond to the Cameron Craziness. Other than Duke and Pitt, the home slate is pretty sad. VT and Clemson sat on the bottom of the standings with only 9 league wins between them. While NCSt won 11 last year in league play, Lorenzo Brown and CJ Leslie are in the draft and Rodney Purvis is headed to UConn to play in the vaunted AAC, leaving Mark Gottfried's squad decimated.
I'm sure you won't find a single ND player or staff member complaining about 2 road trips to the state of Florida during the South Bend winter. Despite Michael Carter-Williams bolting for a payday and Brandon Triche playing out all 13 years of his eligibility (only 2 more than Scott Martin), the Orange will represent a challenging road trip for Brey's squad.
Selfishly, I'm sad that our guys only will only play one game here in the UNC/Duke/State Tobacco Road pressure cooker. The trip down to Wake will be a great excuse for a weeknight mini road trip with my son.
What say you OFD hoops fans? Happy with this slate? Anything look out of balance?