Duke to face Wake, UNC, 'Cuse, Irish twice each in 2014-15

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

The Duke men’s basketball team and the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday released a breakdown of the Blue Devils’ conference opponents for the next two seasons.

The matchups designate the 18-game home and away, home only and road only opponents for each of the next two seasons. Specific game dates, times and networks have not been determined.

The Blue Devils’ conference schedule for 2014-15 features home-and-home games with North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Duke will welcome Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Pittsburgh into Cameron Indoor Stadium, while making road trips to Florida State, Louisville, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

In 2015-16, Duke will face Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest twice apiece to go along with a home slate of Florida State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils’ road trips are to Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Pittsburgh.

Next season will mark the third in which each ACC team will play an 18-game conference schedule. With Louisville joining the ACC on July 1 and replacing the departing University of Maryland — which is headed to the Big Ten Conference — nine of the conference’s 15 teams will enter next season having made postseason appearances in 2013-14, including seven teams that took part in NCAA Tournament play this past year.

Maryland was one of Duke's two permanent partners along with UNC, meaning the Terps played Duke twice each year, and has been replaced as a permanent partner with Wake Forest. UNC remains an annual home-and-away opponent.

Duke hall of fame coach Mike Krzyzewski loses national freshman of the year and first-team all-ACC star Jabari Parker and fellow forward Rodney Hood, a second-team all-ACC pick, who are leaving school early to turn pro, but return starting guards Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon and starting post player Amile Jefferson.

The Blue Devils also welcome into the fold the nation’s top-ranked class of recruits in 6-11 Jahlil Okafor, generally ranked as the nation’s top prospect and fellow top 15 prospects in 6-1 point guard Tyus Jones and 6-5 wing Justise Winslow and 4-star 6-3 shooting guard Grayson Allen.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 26-9 season that included their fewest wins and most losses since 2006-07 and a first-round NCAA Tournament upset loss in Raleigh to Mercer but are considered a potential No. 1 preseason poll pick.

Duke’s 2014-15 opponents — Home & away: UNC, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Notre Dame. Home-only: Miami, Ga. Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College. Road-only: Florida State, N.C. State, Virginia, Va. Tech, Louisville.

Duke’s 2015-16 opponents — Home & away: UNC, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Louisville. Home-only: Florida State, Virginia, Va. Tech, Syracuse, Notre Dame. Road-only: Miami, Ga. Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College