ACC Basketball

Big Monday Schedule Released

The BIG EAST once owned Monday nights in college basketball, but since they’re not around anymore, the ACC jumped at the chance to fill that hole. Below are the games that will be featured on ESPN’s Big Monday.

According to USA Today, ACC Commissioner John Swofford is excited:

“ESPN Big Monday provides a terrific window to further showcase ACC Basketball,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “This opportunity provides our players, coaches and fans with unprecedented appointment viewing, and it will be exciting to watch all 15 member schools compete throughout the season.”

January 13
7 p.m. Virginia at Duke
These two faced off just once last year in Charlottesville. In one of the most exciting games in the ACC, the Cavaliers prevailed 73-68, thanks to Joe Harris’ 36 points. The two will again only face off one time this year, this time in Cameron.

January 20
7 p.m. North Carolina at Virginia
Clearly ESPN (or whoever is making the decisions) thinks as highly about Virginia as I do, because they get featured in the first two Big Monday games. Last year, these two split, each winning at home. In Charlottesville, the Cavaliers rallied from eight down to pull out a nine-point win. Six weeks later, P.J. Hairston scored 29 in a 93-81 Carolina victory.

January 27
7 p.m. Duke at Pittsburgh
These two have split their 12 previous meetings, but their last matchup may have been their best. On December 20, 2007 at Madison Square Garden, Pitts’ Levance Fields hit a last-second jumper in overtime to lead the Panthers to a 65-64. I was actually at that game.

February 3
7 p.m. Notre Dame at Syracuse
In this game, ESPN goes old-school with a classic BIG EAST match up. These two faced off just once last year in Syracuse and the Orange rolled the Fighting Irish, 63-47. C.J. Fair led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

February 10
7 p.m. Maryland at Virginia
Hey look, it’s the Cavaliers again. Virginia swept the Terrapins in two games last year, including an overtime win at home on March 10. In fact, dating back to the 2010-11 season, Virginia has won five straight against Maryland.

February 17
7 p.m. North Carolina at Florida State
Carolina may have struggled last year, but they certainly didn’t have any problems against the Seminoles. UNC went 3-0 against FSU, officially ending their season with a 21-point win in the ACC quarterfinals.

February 24
7 p.m. Syracuse at Maryland
Sadly, this will be the only ACC game these two will ever play. They have faced off just seven times ever and the Terrapins have won five times. However, one of the Oranges’ two wins was a 72-70 win in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

March 3
7 p.m. Notre Dame at North Carolina
The Fighting Irish will head to Chapel Hill for only the third time ever and the first time since 1993. If Notre Dame can walk away with a win, it will be their first victory ever at UNC. For the record, all three former BIG EAST team gets a game on Monday night, with Notre Dame getting two.

One Comment

  1. livescore

    November 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Hey Robert! Thank you fro sharing this beautiful information m late for this but you summarized it very well.

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