We continue our look at the non-conference opponents the ACC has scheduled.Â We're not factoring in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge since it is conference-mandated.
UNC's schedule is as usual pretty good and includesÂ Penn,Â Kentucky, at UC-Santa Barbara, Chaminade and the Maui Invitational, UNC-Asheville,Â Oral Roberts, Evansville, at Valparaiso, Rutgers, at Nevada-Reno, Boston College, College of Charleston.
Most ACC teams are using in-season tournaments as a chance to get some wins vs. reasonable opponents at a low cost.Â That's not the case in Maui, where UNC could potentially play Alabama, Indiana, Notre Dame, Oregon, St. Joe's or Texas.Â IU is in trouble of course, but everyone else other than Chaminade is at least competent.
Valpo is presumably there for Tyler Hansbrough's home game and is a quality program although a step below the ACC level.Â And it was nice of them to give Bobby Cremins an ACC game.
State plays (at) New Orleans, High Point, Winthrop, UNC-Greensboro, at Davidson, Winston-Salem State, East Carolina, Lipscomb, Marquette, Loyola-Maryland, Towson, at Florida, and NCCU. Eight or nine of those are more or less meaningless. Davidson, Marquette, and Florida will be tough.Â Â They'll be near 20 wins if they go .500 in the conference, but so what?Â The weak games will kill them come tournament time.
Virginia gets a mixed bag with VMI, South Florida, Radford, Liberty, at Syracuse, Longwood, Auburn, Hampton, Xavier and Brown.Â They'd be better off to not schedule in-state teams really. Other than Hampton periodically, they'll never be challenged.Â Syracuse and Auburn are reasonable opponents and Xavier will be tough.Â All in all, though, they could have done better.
Virginia Tech gets Gardner-Webb, Mount St. Mary's, The Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic, Elon, Navy, at Georgia, Longwood, Holiday Festival, at Charleston Southern
The Puerto Rico field is fairly tough, with Memphis, Missouri, Southern Cal, Xavier, Seton Hall, Chattanooga, and Fairfield.Â The Holiday Festival is not, with Columbia, St. John's, and Marist.
Wake Forest plays NCCU, UNC-Wilmington, Winston-Salem State, CSU-Fullerton,Â Bucknell, Wright State, at Richmond, at East Carolina, Radford, and at Brigham Young.Â Fullerton is part of the Anaheim Classic Field, which also includes Arizona State, Baylor, Charlotte, Providence, St. Maryâs, and UTEP.Â Respectable but not overwhelming.Â Wake has the potential to be really good this season, and should have scheduled better.