ACC will stick to 8 game football schedule, two primary partners for ACC basketball

From SI.com

The Atlantic Coast Conference has dropped a plan to play nine conference football games starting next season and revised its scheduling setup for basketball with the addition of Notre Dame.

The ACC had planned an 18-game basketball schedule with teams having only one primary partner that they played twice every season. (see: UNC and Duke)

Now ACC teams will now have two primary partners, a move that will ensure annual home-and-away matchups between longtime rivals such as North Carolina and North Carolina State; Virginia and Maryland; and Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

These announcements were made after the ACC’s fall business meetings.

For the ACC basketball tournament, all teams will be included, with the top four seeds receiving byes into the quarterfinal round.

The annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge will include the 12 teams with the best RPI from the previous year.

Any school barred from postseason competition due to NCAA sanctions (UNC football) would be ineligible for regular-season or divisional recognition within the conference.

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ACC Primer – North Carolina

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