UNC's 2-way ACC foes: Jackets, Cards, Duke, Wolfpack

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

The UNC men’s basketball team will play home and away games in 2014-15 against Georgia Tech and Louisville in addition to Duke and N.C. State, the ACC announced Tuesday.

The ACC announced the conference matchups for the first two years of a 12-year schedule rotation that begins next season. Each of the ACC’s 15 schools has two permanent schedule partners (Duke and N.C. State for the Tar Heels), plays home and away games against two other schools each year, plays five teams at home only and the remaining five schools only on the road.

In 2014-15, Carolina will host Florida State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech and travel to Boston College, Clemson, Miami, Pitt and Wake Forest.

UNC will be playing at Louisville, which is joining the ACC next season, for the first time since December 23, 1999. The Cardinals will be making their second appearance in Chapel Hill and their first since December 17, 1998.

The Tar Heels will face Syracuse for the first time ever in Chapel Hill. The two schools have played one previous game in the state of North Carolina; UNC beat the Orange in Charlotte on January 8, 1983.

The Tar Heels lose star power forward and second-team all-ACC pick James Michael McAdoo a year before his scheduled graduation to the NBA and also lose starting shooting guard Leslie McDonald (to graduation), but return point guard Marcus Paige and his backup, Nate Britt, along with wing J.P. Tokota and post players Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and Joel James.

Paige was the third leading vote-getter for all-ACC first-team honors and is the league’s top returning player with the departures of co-all-ACC vote leaders (by the media) Jabari Parker of Duke and ACC player of the year T.J. Warren of N.C. State to the NBA.

A top recruiting class is joining the program that includes 5-star prospects in point guard Joel Berry, small forward Justin Jackson (6-7, 185) and Theo Pinson (6-6, 180), another small forward.

All three are ranked in ESPN.com’s top 17 nationally.

The 2014-15 schedule will be the ACC’s third season with 18 conference games. UNC went 12-6 in league play in 2012-13 and 13-5 this past season.

In 2015-16, UNC will play two games against Duke, N.C. State, Boston College and Syracuse; home games only against Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Pitt and Wake Forest; and away games only at Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The Tar Heels are projected as a preseason top 10 or top five pick for 2014-15.