Sept. 12, 2016
The University of Notre Dame men's basketball team has finalized its schedule for the 2016-17 season. The lone NCAA Division I men's basketball program to make the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons, the Irish will take on a deep and talented conference schedule in addition to some key out-of-conference challenges.
"This will be the most difficult schedule we have faced as a member of the ACC," Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said.
"It is the deepest league in the country and every team is capable lof making a run in March. Our guys will need to be ready to face a challenge each time they take the court."
Notre Dame's home schedule is highlighted by visits from Iowa, Louisville, Clemson, Syracuse, Virginia, Duke, Wake Forest, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Boston College. Mid-January will be a key stretch for the Irish, as they will play host to Syracuse (Jan. 21), Virginia (Jan. 24) and Duke (Jan. 30) over a nine-day stretch.
There are no easy road trips for the Irish this season. Games away from Purcell Pavilion inlcude stops at Pittsburgh, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Boston College, NC State and Louisville. The non-conference slate also offers neutral site battles with Colorado, Texas or Northwestern, Purdue and defending National Champion Villanova.
The schedule features 11 teams that earned a spot in last season's NCAA tournament, two nationally televised games on CBS (vs. Villanova, at Louisville), 12 contests on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNews) while every other Irish contest will appear on the ACC Network or ACC Network Extra, save for one contest on ACC Regional Sports Networks. See the bottom of this release for more information on the ACC Networks.
The 2016 ACC Tournament will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., starting Tuesday, March 7, 2017 and running through Saturday, March 11.
A full schedule breakdown (unless indicated, games are played at Purcell Pavilion)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 12:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network Extra
ND Leads Series 2-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 9, 2013, a 70-59 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion
Notes: This season's meeting with Bryant is part of the 2016 Legends Classic, the 2013 meeting was part of the Gotham Classic. This game is one of two being played as part of the Notre Dame Regional of the Legends Classic.
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network Extra
First meeting between Notre Dame and Seattle. This game is one of two being played as part of the Notre Dame Regional of the Legends Classic.
Friday, Nov. 18, TBA, ACC Network Extra
ND Leads Series 4-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 21, 1996, a 92-75 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion
Notes: The first meeting in the series was a one-point Irish victory (61-60) in Purcell Pavilion on Feb. 18, 1985.
Monday, Nov. 21, TBA, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. , ESPN2
First meeting between Notre Dame and Colorado
Notes: Colorado Director of Player Personnel Sean Kearney was the Associate Head Coach for Mike Brey at Notre Dame from 2000-09. This game is one of two semifinals in the Legends Classic.
Texas or Northwestern
Tuesday, Nov. 22, TBA, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. , ESPN2 or ESPNU
Notes: The Irish will face either Texas or Northwestern, dependent on the outcomes of the semifinal games played on Nov. 21.
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network Extra
ND Leads Series 3-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 29, 2014, a 90-42 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: Martinas Geben had four points and two blocks in 14 minutes vs. Chicago State in 2014.
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
ND Leads Series 11-6
Last Meeting: Nov. 27, 2015, a 68-62 Notre Dame win at the HP Fieldhouse in Bay Lake, Fla., as part of the 2015 Advocare Invitational.
Notes: V.J. Beachem scored a team-high 16 points in the 2015 victory over Iowa on 4-9 shooting from three-point range. Matt Ryan scored a then-career high 11 points off the bench in the contest (his fifth game in an Irish uniform). This game is part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
North Carolina A&T
Sunday, Dec. 4, TBA, ACC Network Extra
First meeting between Notre Dame and North Carolina A&T.
Notes: Ray Martin (Notre Dame guard, 1974-77) is an assistant coach with the Aggies.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU
ND Leads Series 4-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 17, 2012, a 74-62 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 12:00 p.m. ET, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., CBS
ND trails in the series 17-19
Last Meeting: Jan. 30, 2013, a 65-60 Notre Dame victory in Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: The Irish and Wildcats, the defending National Champion, are meeting in the inaugural Never Forget Tribute Classic. Notre Dame and Villanova first met on Jan. 10, 1970, in Purcell Pavilion, a 94-92 Irish victory.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2:00 p.m. ET, at BankersLife Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN2
ND leads the series 22-20
Last Meeting: Dec. 20, 2014, a 94-63 Notre Dame victory at Bankers LIfe Fieldhouse.
Notes: Notre Dame is 2-0 versus Purdue in the Crossroads Classic (81-68 in 2012, 94-63 in 2014). Notre Dame and Purdue also met nine times in the Hoosier Classic from 1948-60 (ND was 7-2 versus the Boilermakers in that event).
Monday, Dec. 19, 7:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network Extra
ND leads the series 4-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 26, 2007, a 94-63 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: Notre Dame and Colgate first met in Feb. 11, 1914, in Hamilton, N.Y. The Irish have scored over 90 points in their previous two meetings with Colgate (92-61 in 2001, 94-63 in 2007).
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network Extra
ND leads the series 4-0
Last Meeting: Jan. 31, 1999, a 85-67 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: Notre Dame defeated St. Peter's 135-88 on Feb. 7, 1970, the most points the Irish have ever scored in a basketball game. The Irish made a school-record 60 of 112 field goals in that contest.
Saturday, Dec. 31, 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. ET at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., ACC Network
ND leads the series 31-30
Last Meeting: Jan. 9, 2016, a 86-82 Pittsburgh victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: The Notre Dame - Pitt series goes back to 1927 and both teams met each year, many times twice a year, until 1938. The Panthers have a three-game win streak in the series, of which the first victory broke a five-game win streak for the Irish.
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 9:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network
Saturday, March 4, 2:00 p.m. ET at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., CBS
ND trails in the series 13-21
Last Meeting: Feb. 13, 2016, a 71-66 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: Louisville won 12 of 13 meetings in the series from 1989-2010, but the recent history between the two former BIG EAST and current ACC members has been a see-saw affair. The Irish are 5-4 in the last nine meetings with Louisville and four of those games were pushed to overtime. Notre Dame is 2-0 vs. Louisville as a member of the ACC.
Saturday, Jan. 7, 3:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU
ND leads the series 4-0
Last Meeting: Feb. 8, 2016, a 89-93 Notre Dame victory at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.
Notes: V.J. Beachem scored 15 points with four three point field goals in the 2015-16 matchup with Clemson.
Thursday, Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m. ET at the BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla., ESPN or ESPN2
The series is tied 10-10
Last Meeting: March 2, 2016, a 68-50 Miami (Fla.) victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: Bonzie Colson scored 28 points combined in Notre Dame's two games against Miami in 2015-16. On Feb. 22, 1986, Notre Dame scored 126 points in a victory over Miami in the Knight Center, the record for a Notre Dame team on its opponent's floor.
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2:00 p.m. ET at the Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va., ACC Network
ND leads the series 6-1
Last Meeting: Jan. 20, 2016, a 83-81 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: Notre Dame has won all six meetings with Virginia Tech as a conference opponents (ACC and Big East), Virginia Tech's win in the series came in the 1973 Postseason NIT Championship game (92-91 in overtime on March 25, 1973).
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2:00 p.m. ET at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla., RSN
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN or ESPN2
ND trails in the series 1-3
Last Meeting: Feb. 27, 2016, a 77-56 FSU victory in the Tucker Civic Center.
Notes: Florida State, along with Georgia Tech, Boston College and Louisville is one of Notre Dame's four repeat ACC opponents this season ... FSU has only made one appearance at Purcell Pavilion, an 83-63 ND victory on Dec. 13, 2014.
Saturday, Jan. 21, 12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN or ESPN2
ND trails in the series 19-28
Last Meeting: Jan. 28, 2016, a 81-66 Syracuse victory in the Carrier Dome.
Notes: The Irish - Orange series dates back to 1914 and Notre Dame claimed six consecutive wins in the series from 1932-42. Notre Dame's last victory over Syracuse was a 67-58 victory over the top-ranked Orange at Purcell Pavilion on Jan. 21, 2012.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network
ND trails in the series 1-9.
Last Meeting: Jan. 2, 2016, a 77-66 Virginia victory at John Paul Jones Arena.
Notes: Notre Dame's win in the series came at Allstate Arena on Feb. 22, 1981, a 57-56 win over top-ranked Virginia.
Saturday, Jan. 28, 12:00 p.m. ET at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Ga., ESPNU
Sunday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
ND trails in the series 6-8
Last Meeting: Feb. 20, 2016, a 63-62 Yellow Jacket victory at McCamish Pavilion.
Notes: Notre Dame is 4-2 versus Georgia Tech as an ACC member. The Irish and Yellow Jackets first met Feb. 22, 1941 in the Notre Dame Fieldhouse, a 53-42 ND victory.
Monday, Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
ND trails in the series 7-20
Last Meeting: March 10, 2016, a 84-79 Notre Dame overtime victory in the ACC Championship semifinal.
Notes: Notre Dame has won five of the last six meetings with Duke, including three in a row. Bonzie Colson scored a career-high 31 points on Jan. 16, 2016 in Notre Dame's victory at Duke.
Saturday, Feb. 4, TBA, at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC, ESPN or ESPN2
ND trails in the series 7-20
Last Meeting: March 27, 2016, a 88-74 UNC victory in the NCAA Elite Eight at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
Notes: The Irish lost twice in the postseason to North Carolina in 2015-16, with the 78-47 UNC ACC Semifinal victory breaking a three-game win streak for Notre Dame in the series.
Tuesday, Feb. 7, TBA, ESPNews
The series is even at 3-3.
Last Meeting: Feb. 24, 2016, a 69-58 Notre Dame victory at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Notes: After Wake Forest won the first three meetings in the series, including the 2000 Postseason NIT Championship game, Notre Dame has won the last three meetings with the Demon Deacons.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7:00 p.m. ET at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass., ESPNU
Wednesday, March 1, 8:00 p.m. ET, ACC Network
ND leads the series 17-10
Last Meeting: Jan. 23, 2016, a 76-49 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: Boston College is one of Notre Dame's repeat ACC opponents this season, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Louisville are the four others. Notre Dame has won seven in a row over BC, including all six meetings as ACC foes.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 12:00 p.m. ET at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC., ESPN or ESPN2
ND leads the series 6-3
Last Meeting: March 5, 2016, a 89-75 Notre Dame victory at Purcell Pavilion.
Notes: Top-ranked Notre Dame squeaked by NC State at Reynolds Coliseum 53-52 on Feb. 7, 1979.
What is ACC Network Extra?
ACC Network Extra is an Atlantic Coast Conference dedicated live-events digital network available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. More than 600 sporting events will be available to stream through the channel.
How do I get access to ACC Network Extra?
ESPN3 subscribers can "authenticate" at WatchESPN.com. If you are already an authenticated user, you will automatically have access to ACC Network Extra when it launches in August.
Do I need a subscription to access ACC Network Extra?
Yes. You must be an ESPN3 subscriber to have access to ACC Network Extra content.
Where can I watch ACC Network Extra?
ACC Network Extra is a dedicated digital channel within WatchESPN and the ESPN app. In addition to the ESPN app, WatchESPN content is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices. It is available on Amazon Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
What will be available on ACC Network Extra?
600 exclusive live sporting events annually.
What is the RSN or ACC Regional Sports Network?
The ACC's Regional Sports Network (RSN) consists of FOX Sports South; FOX Sports Carolinas; FOX Sports Florida; FOX Sports Sun; FOX Sports Midwest; FOX Sports Indiana; YES Network; NESN; Root Sports Pittsburgh; CSN Mid-Atlantic