ACC Basketball Scheduling FAQ

At long last, the ACC has announced its scheduling plans for the post-expansion era, beginning with the 2004-2005 season. Florida State gains Miami and Clemson as "primary partners," meaning a home-and-home every season. Read on for more questions and answers. "It appears the ACC has come up with a fair and equitable schedule that I am sure will satisfy the many different criteria that has been set for our league," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Q. How many regular-season conference games will be played for men's basketball and why?
A. We will maintain a 16-game regular-season conference format. This allows each team the opportunity to continue to play 11 non-conference regular-season games. In conference play, it allows each team to play every institution at least once a year and a minimum of three times every two years. Finally, the 16-game conference schedule allows the ACC the ability to full fill the leagues current television contract and maintain conference rivalries.

Q. How many regular-season conference games will be played for women's basketball and why?
A. A 14-game regular-season conference schedule has been selected to allow greater flexibility in the scheduling of non-conference opponents, not only out of region but also to include tournament events and intra-state rivalries that have become important to the growth and development of women's basketball. In conference play, it allows each team to play each institution at least once a year and also protects conference rivalries allowing for a home/away series every year. Additionally, this schedule meets the leagues current television requirements and meets NCAA requirements to receive automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament.

Q. What is the difference between a primary partner and a rotating partner?
A. A primary partner is a team that you are guaranteed to play twice - home and away - every year. Each school will have primary partners assigned which can be changed, after a minimum of two seasons of play.

Rotating partners are the remaining schools that you will play a combination of once or twice in any given season.

Q. Why are the primary partners different for the men and women?
A. The rivalries and traditions for men's and women's basketball have developed differently. It was appropriate to have different models to maintain the traditions for both men's and women's basketball.

Q. How were primary partners decided?
A. Throughout the expansion process, lengthy discussions between league officials ensued and a commitment was made to make every effort to protect one traditional rivalry per member institution, inclusive of new members.

Q. When will the actual schedule designating all primary and rotating partners be announced?
A. We hope to have that available after the New Year.

Q. Why wasn't a 20-game round-robin conference schedule selected?
A. It compromises the ACC's commitment to schedule nationally in basketball. Specifically, it would reduce the number of non-conference opponents from 11 to seven, which would severely impact an institution's ability to schedule highly regarded non-conference out of region opponents, traditional regional opponents and could influence negatively on a schools ability to play in special events and inter-conference challenges that have become synonymous with ACC Basketball.

Q. If a team is only playing a conference opponent once, would it be permissible to play the team again, as a non-conference opponent?
A. Yes, however it is an institutional decision to schedule a conference opponent for a second regular-season game; however it would not count toward their conference record for tournament seeding.

Q. How much input did Virginia Tech and Miami have on the decisions about the conference scheduling models?
A. Both institutions have been consulted throughout the process. (Note: Miami and Virginia Tech do not become voting partners until July 1, 2004.)

Q. Why was this Basketball Tournament format selected?
A. The decision was made in the sport of basketball that every institution would participate in the conference tournament to uphold the commitment of providing a positive student-athlete experience and maintaining the tradition that the men's and women's tournament have developed throughout the years. This tournament format provides an equitable and efficient bracket for an 11 member conference tournament.

Q. How will the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament ticket distribution be impacted?
A. As in past expansions (Georgia Tech and Florida State), Miami and Virginia Tech will receive a pro-rated number of ACC Men's Basketball tickets. (2005 - one-third, 2006 - two-thirds, 2007- full allotment)

Men's Basketball Primary Partners

Clemson: Georgia Tech and Florida State
Duke: North Carolina and Maryland
Florida State: Miami and Clemson
Georgia Tech: Clemson and Wake Forest
Miami: Virginia Tech and Florida State
Maryland: Duke and Virginia
North Carolina: Duke and NC State
NC State: North Carolina and Wake Forest
Virginia: Virginia Tech and Maryland
Virginia Tech: Virginia and Miami
Wake Forest: NC State and Georgia Tech

Women's Basketball Primary Partners

Clemson: NC State, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Wake Forest
Duke: North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Miami
Florida State: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia Tech
Georgia Tech: Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Wake Forest
Miami: Florida State, Virginia Tech, NC State, Duke
Maryland: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, Georgia Tech
North Carolina: Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, NC State
NC State: Wake Forest, Clemson, Miami, North Carolina
Virginia: Maryland, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech: Miami, Maryland, Florida State, Virginia
Wake Forest: NC State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Clemson

Leonard Hamilton

"It appears the ACC has come up with a fair and equitable schedule that I am sure will satisfy the many different criteria that has been set for our league. It gives us a chance to maintain our non-conference rivals, and satisfies our commitments to all of our television contracts."

Sue Semrau

"We're looking forward to the expansion of the ACC. The addition of Miami, another school from the state of Florida, is especially exciting and it will also be interesting having both Miami and Virginia Tech as two of our four permanent partners. The 14-game schedule allows us more flexibility and the best opportunity to become the top rated RPI conference in the nation."

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