CLEMSON, SC - The 2013-14 men's basketball schedule was released Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference. In addition to 18 consecutive ACC games to conclude the regular season, Clemson's non-conference schedule will include games against Arkansas and Auburn, as well as a trip to Charleston, SC for the Charleston Classic in November.
In addition to the annual rivalry tilt with the University of South Carolina, the Tigers will open home-and-home series this season against regional Southeastern Conference opponents Arkansas and Auburn. Clemson has played Arkansas just once in its history, in 1961-62. The game date and location between the Tigers and Razorbacks will be announced at a later time.
The two Tiger teams will play at Auburn Arena on Thursday, Dec. 19. Clemson has played Auburn 25 times, with the SEC Tigers holding a 14-11 all-time series advantage. The last meeting between the two was in the 1993 NIT, when Cliff Ellis was coaching at Clemson. Ironically, he would later be the head coach at Auburn from 1994-2004. Ellis is now at Coastal Carolina, and he will bring the Chanticleers to Littlejohn Coliseum for a game at Clemson on Nov. 29.
The game with South Carolina was moved up several weeks from the first weekend of December slot it had occupied the last several years. The two teams will meet on Sunday, Nov. 17, the third game of the season for the Tigers. Clemson will open the 2013-14 season at home on Friday, Nov. 8 against Stetson, followed by a Nov. 13 contest at home against Delaware State.
Following the South Carolina game, Clemson will travel to the Charleston Classic on Nov. 21-24 to compete in the opening round of that event against Temple, who has advanced to each of the last six NCAA Tournaments. Clemson and Temple actually met in the 2008 championship game of the inaugural Charleston Classic, with the Tigers prevailing 76-72. The winner will advance to face the winner of the Davidson vs. Georgia game on Nov. 22.
"It's great to have several regional games on the schedule," Head Coach Brad Brownell said. "Obviously we play South Carolina earlier this year, but with games against Arkansas and Auburn and a chance to play either Davidson or Georgia, that can create a lot of interest for our fans and allow us to play good, quality teams from our region."
After the Tigers play at Auburn on Dec. 19, Brownell's team will have just one game (vs. VMI at home on Dec. 30) before beginning regular season ACC play on Jan. 4 at Boston College. Duke comes to Tigertown on Jan. 11, the back end of a two-day turnaround at home for the Tigers.
Following a Jan. 18 home against Wake Forest, Clemson will play five of its next six games on the road. Four of the five teams played in the NCAA Tournament last season, and three will be versus teams new to the ACC in 2013-14. Clemson plays at Pittsburgh on Jan. 21, at Syracuse on Feb. 9 and at Notre Dame on Feb. 11.
Clemson will end the ACC regular season with three straight home games, starting with a matchup against Maryland on Sunday, March 2. The final two games will be against Miami (March 4) and Pitt (March 8). The last time Clemson ended the regular season with three straight home games was in 1968-69.
"The ACC schedule will certainly be a challenge, but one we look forward to," Brownell said. "In particular, our players and coaches are excited by the opportunity to play road games against our new members, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse."
Clemson will play home-and-home ACC series with Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. The Tigers will play home games only against Duke, Maryland, Miami, NC State and Virginia. Clemson will play road games only versus Boston College, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.
The 61st annual ACC Tournament will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum, March 12-16. It will begin on a Wednesday, with three games scheduled for the opening round. Thursday and Friday will continue to have four games both days at the tournament.
Note: Television designations and tipoff times have not yet been made for all non-conference games.
Clemson ACC Schedule
1/4 - @ Boston College; 1/9 FSU; 1/11 Duke; 1/15 @ Virginia Tech; 1/18 Wake Forest; 1/21 @ Pittsburgh; 1/26 @ UNC; 2/1 @ Florida State (ESPN/2); 2/4 Georgia Tech; 2/9 @ Syracuse; 2/11 @ Notre Dame; 2/15 Virginia (ESPN/2); 2/18 N.C. State; 2/21 @ Georgia Tech; 2/25 @ Wake Forest; 3/2 Maryland; 3/4 Miami; 3/8 Pittsburgh
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- All 135 Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season league games and each of the 14 ACC Tournament games are slated to be televised on an ESPN network, the ACC Network, CBS Sports, or on one of the league’s 10 regional cable networks in a schedule released by Commissioner John Swofford on Thursday.
Of the 149 games, 83 will be aired nationally. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise 78 contests, including all 14 ACC Tournament games while CBS Sports will televise five contests. The ACC Network will carry 52 league matchups, including the ACC Tournament in its entirety, while the Regional Sports Network will air 28 games.
The schedule also includes two Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecasts and stops by College GameDay Covered by State Farm: Duke at Syracuse (February 1, at 6:30 p.m. ET) and North Carolina at Duke (March 8 at 9 p.m.), both on ESPN.
All conference games carried on an ESPN network will also be available on WatchESPN. All conference games carried on the ACC Network or a regional sports network will also be available on ESPN3.
The 2013-14 slate of conference games marks the inaugural ACC campaign for Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. The ACC’s new membership further enhances a league that has historically been college basketball’s strongest.
The 15 schools that will comprise the ACC in 2013-14 have made 51 trips to the Final Four and have captured 13 NCAA National Championships. Current league members have won 22,151 games, including 336 in NCAA Tournament play and have had 681 NBA draft picks, including 221 first-round selections.
Additionally, three of the top five, four of the top 10 and five of the top 25 winningest programs in NCAA Division I basketball history currently reside in the ACC.
Three of the five active Division I coaches that have been selected for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim - are in the ACC. When Louisville’s Rick Pitino joins the league’s coaching ranks in 2014-15, the ACC will have four of the five active Naismith Hall of Fame coaches.
Starting with the Virginia at Duke game in Durham, N.C. on January 13, ESPN will showcase eight ACC games basketball on its weekly “Big Monday” telecast. Each “Big Monday” game is set for a 7 p.m. tip and will be televised nationally by ESPN.
The 61st annual ACC Tournament on March 12-16 will continue to be televised on a variety of ESPN platforms and the ACC Network. The Championship will begin with three first-round games on Wednesday, followed by the second round, quarterfinals, semifinals and title contest in successive days.
The ACC’s regional sports network (RSN) consists of Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Fox Sports Indiana, Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network (NESN), the YES Network, the Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) in New York and Root Sports in Pennsylvania.
A complete 2013-14 ACC basketball schedule, including nonconference games for all 15 league member institutions, will be released at a later date.