Boston College Basketball: Future ACC Men's Basketball Matchups Drop Tuesday

Rich Barnes

The ACC is set to announce the men's basketball schedule for the next two seasons on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the ACC will announce its men's basketball schedule for the next two seasons, which will provide Eagles fans a glimpse of just how difficult Jim Christian's first few year in the league will be. The league will replace Maryland with Louisville later this summer.

First, let's review how scheduling works in the ACC.

Each school plays 18 conference games a year -- 10 teams once a year and four others twice a year. Two of those four home-and-home partners are fixed while the other two rotate. For Boston College, Syracuse and Notre Dame are the Eagles' fixed dancing partners while Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech rotated onto the schedule for home-and-homes last season.

Should the permanent scheduling partner rotation remain unchanged, Louisville would inherit Maryland's permanent rivalries with Pittsburgh and Virginia. The conference's permanent scheduling partner model would look like this:

Program Partner 1 Partner 2
Boston College Eagles Notre Dame Syracuse
Clemson Tigers Florida State Georgia Tech
Duke Blue Devils North Carolina Wake Forest
Florida State Seminoles Clemson Miami
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Clemson Notre Dame
Louisville Cardinals Pittsburgh Virginia
Miami Hurricanes Florida State Virginia Tech
North Carolina Tar Heels Duke N.C. State
North Carolina State Wolfpack North Carolina Wake Forest
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Boston College Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh Panthers Louisville Syracuse
Syracuse Orange Boston College Pittsburgh
Virginia Cavaliers Louisville Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech Hokies Miami Virginia
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Duke N.C. State

I doubt that the league will revise the permanent scheduling partner model in light of the Louisville add. Louisville-Pittsburgh is a natural rivalry from their Big East days and, though Louisville-Virginia seems incredibly forced, I'm not sure the ACC will completely reshuffle the deck to find more suitable permanent scheduling partners.*

* I suppose you could make an argument for swapping Boston College-Notre Dame with Louisville-Pittsburgh, pairing BC-Pitt and Louisville-Notre Dame -- the conference's two westernmost outposts -- but I don't think they'll touch the pairings.

So where does that leave Boston College for next season? Assuming no changes to the two permanent scheduling partners model, the Eagles will once again draw the Fighting Irish and Orange twice a year. That leaves two more spots for home-and-homes with two other programs.

Let's say that last year's rotating partners -- Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech -- are out. That leaves 10 programs to fill the remaining two scheduling spots. With any luck, those will go to Miami and Wake Forest #therivalry. But watch them go to, like, Duke and Louisville. We'll just have to wait until tomorrow's announcement to find out.

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