The ACC had a press conference Friday afternoon prior to the night’s semifinal matchups to make a few announcements regarding the upcoming ACC Network launch.
We already knew the network is going to launch at the end of August and be buoyed by some opening weekend ACC football games including the Clemson Tigers against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Hoos will open up that weekend on the ACC Network at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As far as basketball is concerned, the ACC announced that UVa will open up next season at the Syracuse Orange.
Virginia basketball will play next year at Syracuse on Nov. 6, a game exclusive to the ACC Network. One of four games over Nov. 5/6.— Caroline Darney (@cwdarney) March 15, 2019
That’s right. Gone are the days of opening the season against Towson, UNC Greensboro, and Morgan St. Next year is going to start out on fire with a game that will have significant meaning come March.
To go along with the UVa-Cuse matchup, Georgia Tech will play at NC State, Louisville will play at Miami, and Notre Dame will play at North Carolina over a two day span on the ACC Network.
ACC LIVES HERE! pic.twitter.com/T7PONGaCx9— ACCN (@accnetwork) March 15, 2019
No to be unfair to those 8 teams, the ACC also announced three other ACC matchups to start the season. In true Duke Blue Devils fashion, they will play a neutral site game rather than do anything the ACC might ask them to do. (though it will be against UK, MSU, or Kansas, so)
2019-20 #ACCMBB season openers!#ACC | #WeDoThis pic.twitter.com/AO5d8Q3lbI— The ACC (@theACC) March 15, 2019
The ACC also announced a morning show with ACC stalwart Wes Durham and a film series focusing on the history of the ACC Basketball Tournament. Though it is called “The Tournament” I am guessing many will think the subheading will be “LOOK AT HOW GREAT DUKE AND UNC ARE.”
There is no greater tradition than ACC basketball.— ACCN (@accnetwork) March 15, 2019
“The Tournament: A History of ACC Basketball”, a film series is coming to ACCN in the 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/Qm9P0AhnEE