Earlier this week, the Atlantic Coast Conference released their men’s basketball schedule for the 2022-23 season. The first conference matchups of the season will take place on Dec. 2, 2022 when Pitt goes to NC State and Wake Forest goes to Clemson. March 4, 2023 will feature the last 7 matchups of the season; NC State being the lone team to not play. The ACC tournament will take place March 7-11, 2023 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
[Related: Top 10 SEC Basketball Returning Players]
The ACC is full of storylines and questions coming into the season: How successful will Jon Scheyer be in his first season as head coach at Duke? What kind of spark will the hiring of Kenny Payne bring back to the Louisville basketball program? Will Hubert Davis lead North Carolina to another Final Four in his second season? These, among plenty of other questions, will be answered throughout the season.
As stated in my Top 10 ACC Returning Players column, the ACC is also bringing back some incredible talent from last season. The big three at North Carolina in Armando Bacot, Caleb Love and RJ Davis are going to shred through the league (and the nation). Jayden Gardner has a chance to make some noise with this Virginia team. And players like Dane Goodwin and Isaiah Wong will be strong leaders for their teams heading into next season.
One player that was not on my list, but could possibly turn into one of the best players in the league, is Duke point guard Jeremy Roach. Roach was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and has played significant minutes for the Blue Devils, starting in 71% of his games. However, he’s had a lot of superstar talent around him during his time in Durham, so there hasn’t been many opportunities for him to take the lead on offense. This year though, Roach is the lone point guard to stay, and Duke enrolls just one point guard, which is 4-star Tyrese Proctor. Roach has averaged almost 9 PPG for his career and had a good showing in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Duke brings in a lot of talent this year, but the junior point guard has a chance to prove himself this season and take that next step.
The ACC will get a good boost this year based on the fact that Duke and North Carolina will be among the teams at the top of the sport for likely the whole season. Along with that, teams like Virginia, Florida State and Miami have a chance to be good teams outside of the league. As for the rest of the conference, yes it could be better, but it should be a competitive one nonetheless. Although we still have about two and a half months left to go, it is never to early to get excited about ACC basketball. Here are the games to know as the ACC announces its basketball schedule for 2022-23.
Dec. 3 – FSU vs Virginia | Dec. 20 – Virginia vs Miami | Dec. 21 – ND vs FSU | Dec. 30/31 – Miami vs ND | Dec. 31 | FSU vs Duke
Jan. 3 – Syracuse vs Louisville | Jan. 7 – ND vs UNC | Jan. 10 – UNC vs Virginia | Jan. 14 – UNC vs Louisville/Virginia vs FSU | Jan. 21 – Miami vs Duke | Jan. 24 – Miami vs FSU
Feb. 4 – UNC vs Duke | Feb. 6 – Duke vs Miami | Feb. 13 Miami vs UNC | Feb. 14 – ND vs Duke | Feb. 18 – Duke vs Syracuse/ ND vs Virginia | Feb. 20 – Louisville vs Duke | Feb. 22 – UNC vs ND | Feb. 25 – FSU vs Miami/Virginia vs UNC | Feb. 27 UNC vs FSU
March 4 – Duke vs UNC | March 7-11 – ACC Tournament
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