So long, Maryland ... Hello, Notre Dame

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 12:37 AM

Duke and North Carolina won’t be playing any more ACC games at Maryland.

Instead, the Blue Devils and Tar Heels will become well acquainted with the conference’s three new teams in 2014 — Duke and UNC both travel to Notre Dame and Syracuse and the Blue Devils also play at Pittsburgh for the first time since 1980

The ACC released the opponents and locations of the 2013-14 conference schedule Tuesday, which is the first season that the three former Big East schools join the 15-team league. It will also be Maryland’s final season before joining the Big Ten — the Terrapins will be replaced by Louisville in the summer of 2014.

As part of the 18-game conference schedule, all ACC teams play four schools twice — two permanent opponents and two rotating opponents — plus five teams only at home and five teams only on the road Besides the Duke-UNC rivalry, both schools will play Wake Forest twice. While Wake Forest and Duke are primary partners, this will be only the second time in seven years that the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons will play twice in the regular season.

The Tar Heels also have home-and-home series with N.C. State and Notre Dame, while the Blue Devils have two games Georgia Tech and Syracuse.

Duke and Syracuse have played four times, with each team winning twice. But none of the games have been at school’s famed arenas — the Carrier Dome in Syracuse and Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The only previous time Syracuse hosted UNC was in 1983, when Dean Smith led the No. 1-ranked Tar Heels to a 23-point win. The teams have not met since 2009, when Syracuse won in Madison Square Garden.

Duke owns a 19-2 all-time record against Notre Dame, including a 90-86 Final Four win over the Irish in 1978 in St. Louis. The Blue Devils haven’t played in South Bend, Ind., since posting an 87-74 win on Jan. 24, 1995.

Former Duke assistant coach Mike Brey became Notre Dame’s coach in 2000. The schools haven’t played since March 16, 2002 when the Blue Devils won 84-77 in an NCAA Tournament game.

UNC will play at Notre Dame for the fifth time and the first since 1994. The Tar Heels lead the overall series 16-4, including 2-0 at the Smith Center.

Duke’s home ACC schedule also includes Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech, and the Blue Devils also play road league games at Boston College, Clemson and Miami.

Duke’s trip to Miami will give it an opportunity to avenge last season’s 90-63 loss to the ACC champion Hurricanes at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

UNC will host Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Miami and Pittsburgh and travel to Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The Tar Heels are 56-0 all-time at home against Clemson.

The ACC will release dates and times of the conference games and non-ACC games later in the summer.