April 22, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville’s initial men’s basketball season in the Atlantic Coast Conference will include a challenging slate of 18 games, including two games each against Pittsburgh, Virginia, Miami, and North Carolina in 2014-15.
The 2014-15 season is the first year of a 12-year schedule rotation during which teams that are not partners play five years at home only; five years on the road only; and two years both home and road. The Cardinals will have designated rivals Pittsburgh and Virginia both home and away each of the next two seasons as each team will face 10 opponents once and four twice.
In Louisville’s first year in the 15-team league, the Cardinals’ home ACC opponents in 2014-15 will consist of Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. UofL’s nine league road games will be at Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
“It’s just an awesome schedule for our fans,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “This is like being back in the best years of the Big East, southern style. We’re very excited to take on this challenge. I relish the thought of facing competition and programs that I haven’t personally seen before.”
Louisville’s home ACC opponents in 2015-16 will be Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Cardinals’ nine league road games will be at Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Cardinal fans can guarantee they are in the stands for the inaugural season in the ACC by purchasing the football and men’s basketball combo pack now for only $500. The pack includes a ticket to five football games, including Miami and defending national champion Florida State, as well as a ticket to every home men’s basketball game. A limited number of tickets within this package remain available. For more information, call 502-GO-CARDS (502-462-2737).
Louisville is one of at least six ACC teams that have been included in very early rankings for next season, a list which includes three of the Cardinals’ four repeat opponents in North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia (also Duke and Syracuse). UofL is 10th nationally in early preseason rankings by USA Today (Scott Gleeson) and CBS Sports (Gary Parrish), 12th by ESPN.com (Eamonn Brennan), 20th by SI.com (Seth Davis) and 21st by SportingNews.com (Ryan Fagan).
U of L will welcome back starters Chris Jones and All-America candidate Montrezl Harrell among nine total lettermen from last season’s successful team that posted a 31-6 record, won the American Athletic Conference tournament championship and shared the regular season title, and made the Cardinals’ 20th NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
A complete schedule, including specific dates and times for the ACC games, will be set at a later date. The complete ACC matchups are available at this link.