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Louisville knew competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference would be considerably tougher than its only season in the American Athletic Conference, and now it knows just how tough it will be in its first season in the ACC in 2014-15.

The ACC released the conference schedule for the next two seasons in men's basketball on Tuesday and Louisville will face former Big East partner Pitt, defending conference champ Virginia, Miami and perennial power North Carolina twice each.

The Cardinals will host Duke along with Clemson, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and North Carolina State. They must go on the road to face Florida State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College and Syracuse.

There will be 15 teams in the conference next season playing an 18-game league schedule. Each team has two permanent rivals that it faces home and away each season. It also faces two other teams home and away on a rotating basis. Each team plays five opponents at home only and five on the road only also on a rotating basis.

Duke and Syracuse will play twice again next season after producing two of the most memorable games of this season in Syracuse's first season in the ACC.

North Carolina must face Duke, Syracuse and Louisville twice each, but it has a manageable group of road-only games against Miami, Clemson, Wake Forest, Pitt and Boston College which evens out the difficulty a bit.

Florida State appears to have the least daunting group of opponents it must play twice with Pitt as the heavyweight in a group that also includes Miami, Clemson and Virginia Tech. Here is a look at how things set up in the ACC next season via the conference website.

Boston College: 2014-15
Home/Road: Syracuse, Notre Dame, Miami, Pittsburgh
Home: North Carolina, Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia, Louisville
Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Duke, Virginia Tech 

Clemson: 2014-15
Home/Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Notre Dame
Home: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse
Road: Miami, Duke, Virginia, Louisville, Pittsburgh

Duke 2014-15
Home/Road: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College
Road: Florida State, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville

Florida State: 2014-15
Home/Road: Miami, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh
Home: Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, Louisville, Boston College
Road: Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, Syracuse, Notre Dame

Georgia Tech: 2014-15
Home/Road: Clemson, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Wake Forest
Home: Florida State, NC State, Louisville, Boston College, Syracuse
Road: Miami, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh

Louisville: 2014-15
Home/Road: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Miami, North Carolina
Home: Clemson, Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame
Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse

Miami 2014-15
Home/Road: Florida State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Boston College
Home: Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia
Road: Duke, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame

North Carolina 2014-15
Home/Road: Duke, NC State, Georgia Tech, Louisville
Home: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Road: Miami, Clemson, Wake Forest , Pittsburgh, Boston College

NC State 2014-15
Home/Road: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia
Home: Duke, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Road: Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Boston College

Notre Dame 2014-15
Home/Road: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Duke
Home: Florida State, Miami, Wake Forest, Virginia, Syracuse
Road: North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh 2014-15
Home/Road: Louisville, Syracuse, Florida State, Boston College
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, Notre Dame
Road: Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech

Syracuse 2014-15
Home/Road: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Duke, Virginia Tech
Home: Florida State, Miami, Wake Forest, Virginia, Louisville
Road: Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame

Virginia 2014-15
Home/Road: Louisville, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, NC State
Home: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Duke, Pittsburgh
Road: Miami, North Carolina, Boston College, Syracuse, Notre Dame

Virginia Tech 2014-15
Home/Road: Miami, Virginia, Florida State, Syracuse
Home: Georgia Tech, Duke, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Notre Dame
Road: Clemson, North Carolina, Wake Forest, NC State, Louisville

Wake Forest 2014-15
Home/Road: Duke, NC State, Georgia Tech, Virginia
Home: Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Pittsburgh
Road: Florida State, Clemson, Boston College, Syracuse, Notre Dame

 

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