Coincidence? ACC schedule gives Louisville boost

Coincidence? ACC schedule gives Louisville boost
April 22, 2014, 12:00 pm
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(Associated Press)

A strange thing happened on Maryland's way out the door, leaving the ACC and joining the Big Ten.

The program's long-standing rivalries with Duke, North Carolina, and NC State wrote their final chapters away from Maryland. All three were scheduled as road games for the Terrapins, the first time in nearly 60 years that both the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils failed to visit College Park in the same season.

That left Maryland with a somewhat uninspiring in-conference home slate that consisted of Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Miami, Florida State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and two late-season top-10 matchups against Syracuse and Virginia.

Many cried foul, though the conference denied any tinkering had taken place.

Enter Louisville, the ACC's newest member as Maryland leaves for the Big Ten. With the release of the conference's matchups on Tuesday, it looks like the Cardinals have a pretty enticing draw.

Head coach Rick Pitino's team scored the following matchups in 2014-15:

Home/Road: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Miami, North Carolina
Home: Clemson, Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame
Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse

That's right. Louisville will welcome North Carolina, Duke, and NC State all in the same season, just one year after Maryland had to go on the road for all three on their way out the door. 

Of course, it makes sense. The conference wants to feature its best teams and its newest members in marquee matchups in hopes that they'll be picked up nationally. And it doesn't hurt to have those games in the home arenas of those new members.

Oh, realignment.

(h/t @jwgiglio for the find)