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April 23, 2013

Hoops Schedule Taking Shape

CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina will play home-and-home men's basketball series next year with ACC newcomer Notre Dame and Wake Forest in addition to primary partners Duke and NC State, the ACC released on Tuesday.

The 2013-14 men's basketball season will be the second in which ACC teams play 18 conference games and the first in which Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will be members of the ACC.

Each of the 15 ACC schools will play four opponents twice and 10 opponents one time.

The Tar Heels will play host to Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Miami and Pittsburgh and travel to Florida State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Carolina and Wake Forest will be playing home-and-home for just the second time in the last seven years (also in 2010).

The Tar Heels will play at Notre Dame for the fifth time in history and the first time since Feb. 23, 1994. UNC is 3-1 against Notre Dame in South Bend, including a 1985 win over the Irish in the NCAA Tournament. Carolina has won 16 of 20 games overall in the series with the most recent game coming in the championship of the Maui Invitational early in 2008-09. UNC is 2-0 against Notre Dame in Chapel Hill, beating the Irish in the Smith Center on Jan. 26, 1986, and on Feb. 23, 1993.

UNC is 4-3 overall against Syracuse and 1-0 against the Orange in Syracuse. Coach Dean Smith led the number one ranked Tar Heels to an 87-64 win in the Carrier Dome on Dec. 10, 1983. The two teams have not met since Nov. 20, 2009, when Syracuse beat UNC, 87-71, in Madison Square Garden in the finals of Coaches vs. Cancer.

Pittsburgh will be making its fourth trip to Chapel Hill. Carolina leads the series, 7-1, including 3-0 at home. The Tar Heels have defeated the Panthers at home on Dec. 2, 1972, Nov. 29, 1994, and Nov. 29, 1996, the latter two of which were played in the Smith Center.

This is the first meeting between the two schools since the 1996 game, an 82-61 UNC victory.

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


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