Devils, Tar Heels face challenging women's basketball slates
Routinely ranked in the nation’s top five and having made the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight in each of the last four seasons, Duke’s women’s basketball is accustomed to running with the nation’s best.
That said, the Blue Devils’ schedule this season, released Wednesday, will make them feel right at home.
Duke will play three of last year’s Final Four participants and nearly half of the Sweet16 from last season’s NCAA Tournament during non-conference and ACC play this season.
Duke, which returns five starters from last season’s 33-3 team, will play reigning NCAA Connecticut at home (Dec. 17, ESPN2). The Blue Devils open the season at national semifinalist California (Nov. 10, ESPNU) and will play Notre Dame, the team that eliminated Duke in the Norfolk Regional final last March, at home on Feb. 2 and at South Bend, Ind., on Feb. 23.
In addition to playing at California, Duke’s non-conference road games include trips to Marquette (Nov. 24), Oklahoma (Dec. 8) and Kentucky (Dec. 22). The Blue Devils welcome the likes of Alabama (Nov. 14), Vanderbilt (Nov. 17) and Purdue (Dec. 5) to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
In addition to a home-and-home series with ACC newcomer Notre Dame, Duke’s other ACC road games are at Georgia Tech (Jan. 5), Syracuse (Jan. 9), Virginia Tech (Jan. 19), Florida State (Jan. 23), Miami (Jan. 30), Clemson (Feb. 6) and North Carolina (March 2).
Duke’s home ACC games, besides Notre Dame, are Boston College (Jan. 12), Virginia (Jan. 16), Pittsburgh (Jan. 26), UNC (Feb. 10), Maryland (Feb. 17), N.C. State (Feb. 20) and Wake Forest (Feb. 27).
North Carolina’s top-ranked freshmen class will get an early test when Tennessee comes to Carmichael Arena on Nov. 11 at 9 p.m.
That will be UNC’s second game — the Tar Heels open against Air Force on Nov. 8.
UNC’s non-conference schedule also includes a visit to UCLA on Nov. 17, Nebraska’s first-ever visit to Carmichael on Dec. 5 and neutral site games against South Carolina in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Arizona State and Illinois in Cancun, Mexico.
UNC’s home-and-home series with N.C. State will take place Jan. 9 in Chapel Hill and Feb. 16 in Raleigh.
The Tar Heels open ACC play with their final conference home game against Maryland on Jan. 5. UNC also hosts ACC newcomers Pittsburgh and Syracuse along with Clemson, Miami, Pittsburgh.
The Tar Heels will play at Florida State, Boston College, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Notre Dame.
Complete schedules for all ACC teams can be found online at ACC.com.
Duke Blue Devils
Oct. 27 Blue/White Scrimmage, 2 p.m.
Oct. 30 Glenville St. (exh), 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 Coker College (exh), 2 p.m.
Nov. 10 at Cal-Berkeley, 6 p.m., ESPNU
Nov. 14 USC Upstate, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 Alabama, 2 p.m.
Nov. 21 Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 24 at Marquette, TBA
Nov. 28 vs. Xavier at St. Thomas, 1:15 p.m.
Nov. 29 vs. Cen. Michigan at St. Thomas, 1:15 p.m.
Nov. 30 vs. Kansas at St. Thomas, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 Purdue, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 at Oklahoma, TBA
Dec. 17 Connecticut, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Dec. 19 Albany, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 22 at Kentucky, TBA
Jan. 2 Old Dominion, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 at Georgia Tech, TBA, ESPN3
Jan. 9 at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 Boston College, 3 p.m., RSN
Jan. 16 Virginia, 6:30 p.m., RSN
Jan. 19 at Virginia Tech, noon, RSN
Jan. 23 at Florida State, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Jan. 26 Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.
Jan. 30 at Miami, 7 p.m.
Feb. 2 Notre Dame, 2 p.m., ESPN
Feb. 6 at Clemson, TBA
Feb. 10 North Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Feb. 17 Maryland, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Feb. 20 N.C. State, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 at Notre Dame, 1 p.m., ESPN
Feb. 27 Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m.
March 2 at North Carolina, 1 p.m., ESPN
March 5-9 ACC Tournament Greensboro
March 22-25 NCAA First & Second Rounds
March 29-April 1 NCAA Regionals
April 6, 8 NCAA Final Four, Nashville, Tenn.
UNC Tar Heels
Oct. 30 Carson Newman (exh.), 6 p.m.
Nov. 5 Wingate (exh.), 6 p.m.
Nov. 8 Air Force, 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 Tennessee, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Nov. 17 at UCLA, 5 p.m.
Nov. 21 Coastal Carolina, 6 p.m.
Nov. 24 Coppin State, 2 p.m.
Nov. 28 vs. Arkansas St., at Cancun, 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 29 vs. Arizona St., at Cancun, 1 p.m.
Nov. 30 vs. Illinois, at Cancun, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 Nebraska, 6 p.m.
Dec. 14 Charleston Southern, 1 p.m.
Dec. 16 vs. New Orleans, at Myrtle Beach, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 vs. South Carolina, at Myrtle Beach, 7 p.m.
Dec. 21 High Point, 1 p.m.
Jan. 5 Maryland, TBA, ESPNU
Jan. 9 N.C. State, 6 p.m., ESPN3
Jan. 12 at Florida State, 1 p.m., RSN/ESPN3
Jan. 16 Clemson, 6 p.m.
Jan. 19 at Boston College, 1 p.m.
Jan. 23 at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 Syracuse, 7 p.m., RSN/ESPN3
Feb. 2 Miami, 2 p.m., RSN/ESPN3
Feb. 6 at Georgia Tech, TBA
Feb. 10 at Duke, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Feb. 13 Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Feb. 16 at N.C. State, TBA, ESPN2
Feb. 20 at Virginia, 6:30 p.m., RSN/ESPN3
Feb. 23 Virginia Tech, 2 p.m.
Feb. 27 at Notre Dame, TBA, ESPN3
March 2 Duke, 1 p.m., ESPN