CLEMSON - Regular-season men's basketball schedules were released by the ACC Wednesday, and it has Clemson starting off in style.
In the Tigers' ACC opener, North Carolina will visit Clemson on Jan. 3, televised by ESPN - Clemson's first ACC regular-season appearance on the channel since hosting UNC in 2012-13. Tipoff is scheduled for either 4:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. on the one-year anniversary of Clemson's 2014 Orange Bowl football triumph.
UNC will look to extend its decade-long dominance at Littlejohn Coliseum, where the Tar Heels are 5-1 since 2003-04.
Clemson visits Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 21 against Duke, a possible preseason No. 1-ranked squad. The Tigers knocked off Duke 72-59 on Jan. 11, but they're 4-58 all-time in Durham, including a 15-game losing streak dating to 1994-95.
After hosting UNC, Clemson (23-13 and an NIT semifinalist in 2013-14) hits the road for three games at new ACC member Louisville, second-year ACC member Pittsburgh and reigning ACC champion Virginia.
That stretch is followed by a three-game homestand, beginning with Syracuse's second-ever visit to Clemson. Florida State and Wake Forest visit Littlejohn after that.
"The schedule is certainly challenging from the start, but that's to be expected in today's ACC," head coach Brad Brownell said. "Our home schedule offers our fans a number of opportunities to support the team. We have six Saturday home ACC games, which should translate to a tremendous atmosphere in Littlejohn Coliseum. We look forward to an exciting season."
Florida State and Georgia Tech are Clemson's annual home-and-road opponents. This year's rotating two-time opponents are N.C. State and Notre Dame, replacing Pittsburgh and Wake Forest.
Clemson will host UNC, Syracuse, FSU, Wake Forest and Boston College during the final season of Littlejohn Coliseum before it undergoes an eight-figure renovation beginning in the spring of 2015.
Clemson travels to Louisville, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Miami and Duke this winter.
In all, the Tigers will take on six different squads which made the 2014 NCAA Tournament - all from the ACC. N.C. State is the only returning March Madness team Clemson plays twice.