April 24, 2013
THE FLATS – New Atlantic Coast Conference members Notre Dame and Pittsburgh will visit McCamish Pavilion next season as part of Georgia Tech’s 18-game conference schedule, while Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech will be on the Yellow Jackets’ home men’s basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season.
The ACC released the slate of opponents for each member school Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets, with four starters returning from last year’s 16-15 team, will have home-and-away series with Clemson and Notre Dame (Tech’s permanent partners), as well as Duke and Boston College in Tech’s third season under head coach Brian Gregory.
Miami, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech come to Atlanta, while Tech has road trips to new member Syracuse, Florida State, Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. (Wake Forest is no longer a permanent home-and-away partner for Tech.)
“As a program, we’re excited about our ACC schedule for the 2013-14 season,” said Gregory. “With two of the three new programs coming to McCamish Pavilion, our fans will get an immediate feel for the new and improved ACC. The 18-game schedule will again pose a challenge every night, and our home schedule may be the best we’ve had in a long time.
“Whenever you play five projected top-25 teams (Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Notre Dame, Pitt) at home, and defending ACC champion Miami on top of that, you know that your program is facing a big challenge. Our hope is to continue to build and to be well-prepared for the challenges the ACC has to offer.”
Over the next few weeks, the ACC will develop a schedule “shell”, which will include each school’s opponents in a sequential Wednesday/Saturday format from January 4 through March 8, 2014. The final conference schedule with exact dates, tip times and television network designations will be announced in the late summer.
Georgia Tech men’s basketball season ticket holders will have the opportunity to renew or upgrade their seats later in the spring when renewal information is sent out. For all others wishing to purchase season tickets, they may do so by submitting a deposit beginning Monday, April 29.
Noting the ACC Newcomers
Of the three new conference members for 2013-14, Tech has faced Notre Dame the most, winning six of eight meetings in the series that dates back to 1941. The most recent meeting was a 70-69 Tech victory in the 2007 Paradise Jam. Former Yellow Jacket player Rod Balanis is an assistant coach on Mike Brey’s Fighting Irish staff.
Tech is 5-0 all-time against Pitt, including a 111-92 victory over the Panthers in the most recent meeting on Dec. 28, 1989 at the Omni arena in Atlanta, a big win early for a Yellow Jacket team that would win the ACC Championship and reach the NCAA Final Four. Tech’s “Lethal Weapon 3” combo of Kenny Anderson (32 points), Brian Oliver (28) and Dennis Scott (30) combined for 90 of Tech’s 111 points.
The series between Tech and Syracuse is even at 2-2. The Orange have won the last two meetings, including an 80-76 decision in the 2010 Legends Classic in Atlantic City. Syracuse also defeated Tech Dec. 21, 2002, 92-65, in the teams’ last meeting at the Carrier Dome behind freshmen Carmelo Anthony (24 points) and Gerry McNamara (25 with 10 assists) and would go on to win the national championship that season.
Here is the 2013-14 schedule breakdown, with all-time series records in parentheses.
Permanent Home and Away
Clemson (59-63), Notre Dame (6-2)
Home and Away in 2013-14
Boston College (9-8), Duke (23-66)
Home Only in 2013-14
Miami (7-10), North Carolina (24-63), Pittsburgh (5-0), Virginia (39-35), Virginia Tech (5-14)
Away Only in 2013-14
Florida State (27-37), Maryland (36-39), NC State (37-54), Syracuse (2-2), Wake Forest (38-37)