Mar 8, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston College Eagles head coach Steve Donahue huddles with his team during a time-out against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the second half during the first round of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Philips Arena. NC State defeated Boston College 78-57. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
It's only June, but that didn't stop the school from announcing the 2012-13 ACC men's basketball schedule a bit ahead of schedule. As a reminder, the ACC is moving to an 18-game schedule next season, a year (or two, but most likely, a year) before Syracuse and Pittsburgh make 14 teams. As such, this will likely be a one-time schedule and won't include a rotation.
While the full schedule won't be released until late August, we now have a clear picture as to who the Eagles will face in 2012-13. The Eagles will face:
It's not as difficult a schedule as I suspected earlier, but it's not exactly a walk in the park, either.
This will be the first time since the 2009-10 season where BC draws both Duke and North Carolina at home, which should give a much needed boost to attendance. Having only one game against North Carolina (home) and defending champ Florida State (road) is balanced out by having just one game against Georgia Tech (home) and Virginia Tech (road).
Non-conference opponents not previously announced include home games against Auburn, Harvard, Holy Cross and Providence. The last three were no-brainers. Auburn was a bit of a surprise, but Donahue had previously alluded to the fact that we were bringing in the Tigers for a non-conference game. Let's hope we don't also draw Auburn in the Charleston Classic for the rare home-neutral site two-game series.
In addition to these games, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (at Penn State) and the three games in Charleston Classic, the Miami Herald previously reported Florida International will be coming to the Heights. Also I'd imagine BC's series with Rhode Island will continue -- this time a road game -- leaving the Eagles with three remaining non-conference slots to fill.