The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its future scheduling formats for all sports, once Pittsburgh and Syracuse join the conference.
For basketball, the ACC will begin playing an 18-game conference schedule in the 2012-13 season. There will be 14 teams in the league when Pitt and Syracuse join, so each school will have one “primary partner.”
- Boston College – Syracuse
- Clemson – Georgia Tech
- Duke – North Carolina
- Florida State – Miami (Fl.)
- Maryland – Pitt
- NC State – Wake Forest
- Virginia – Virginia Tech
The “partners” will play each other twice every season, while the other 12 teams will rotate in groups of four every seasons. One year, two teams will play each other both home and away; one year, at home only; and one year, away only. It’s essentially based on three-year cycles where partners play each other six times and everyone else four times.
Yes, that means we get to see Boston College and Syracuse play each other twice each year, but the partnerships do seem to make the most sense geographically. Would I prefer to see Syracuse and Pitt play twice every season? Of course, but that simply isn’t doable.
The league also announced that all 14 teams would make the conference tournament, meaning we could get five days of ACC tournament action.