2010-2011 Men’s Basketball Schedule

September 9th, 9:15 pm: This entry originally posted on September 2nd, but got buried in the UNC scandal coverage. We’re going to bring it back to the top of the blog to correspond with the good news that Coach Lowe has a big time in home visit tonight with a top high school prospect out of DeMatha. (Click here)

What more appropriate topic for the first day of College Football season than…BASKETBALL!?  (Do you wonder why the Atlantic Coast Conference struggles to build a reputation in Football?) 

We shared a pretty good preview of NC State’s projected 2010-2011 Basketball Schedule in this link last week, but today the ACC offices have released the entire schedule (accessible by clicking here).


Day Date Opponent Time Television
Tue Nov 9th Pfeiffer (Exhibition in Reynolds)  7:00
Fri Nov 12th Tennessee Tech 7:00
Thu Nov 18th in Charleston Classic vs ECU
Fri Nov 19th in Charleston Classic ESPNU
Sun Nov 21st in Charleston Classic ESPNU
Sat Nov 27th Farleigh Dickinson 2:00
Wed Dec 1st @ Wisconsin 7:15 ESPN2
Sat Dec 4th @ Syracuse 5:30 ESPN2
Sat Dec 11th USC Upstate (Reynolds) 2:00
Thu Dec 16th Youngstown State 7:00 FSSO
Sun Dec 19th Arizona 4:45 Fox Sports
Wed Dec 22nd Delaware State 7:00
Tue Dec 28th Alabama A&M 7:00
Sat Jan 1st San Diego Noon FSNS
Tue Jan 4th Elon (Greensboro Coliseum) 7:00
Sat Jan 8th Wake Forest 2:30 Raycom
Tue Jan 11th @ Boston College 9:00 ESPNU
Sat Jan 15th @ Florida State 4:00 Raycom
Wed Jan 19th Duke 7:00 ESPN
Sun Jan 23rd Miami 12:00 Raycom
Tue Jan 25th @ Clemson 7:00 RSN
Sat Jan 29th @ North Carolina 2:00 ESPN
Wed Feb 2nd Virginia Tech 7:00 ESPN/ESPN2
Sat Feb 5th @ Duke 6:00 ESPN/ESPN2
Sun Feb 13th @ Wake Forest 1:00 Raycom
Thur Feb  17th Clemson 7:00 ESPN/ESPN2
Sun Feb 20th @ Maryland 5:30 Fox Sports
Wed Feb 23rd North Carolina 9:00 Raycom
Sat Feb 26th Georgia Tech 2:00 Raycom
Tue Mar 1st @ Virginia 7:00 RSN
Sun Mar 6th Florida State 6:00 Fox Sports
Mar 12th – 15th ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC


This link will take you to GoPack’s article.

The league’s 12 member schools are scheduled to make an ACC-record 182 national television appearances, breaking the record of 179 set a year ago. In addition, ACC teams will appear in 198 games, topping the 193-game mark first set in 2008-09 and matched last year. League schools will also make 300 overall TV appearances, tying the mark, originally set in 2008-09.

By the Numbers 182 – ACC teams are scheduled to make an all-time high 182 appearances on national television networks, including 137 appearances on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, 36 on Fox Sports Net, seven on CBS and two on HDNet.

24 – ACC teams are scheduled to play a total of 24 games against 23 non-conference opponents that earned NCAA Tournament berths in 2009-10.

20 – Fox Sports Net and affiliates will televise 20 Sunday afternoon and evening games on a national basis, starting with College of Charleston at North Carolina (5:30) and Florida State hosting Florida (7:45) on November 28. Fourteen of the 20 FSN Sunday games are conference match-ups.

This link will take you to some breakdown from Backing the Pack:

— NC State opens the season at the RBC Center on November 12th against Tennessee Tech before hitting the road for the Charleston Classic.

— No conference game in December this year–our first ACC game isn’t until January 8th. No random OOC game in the middle of league play, either.

— We’ll be on the ESPN family of networks ten times.

— Six non-conference games will be televised (two @ Charleston, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Arizona, San Diego). My memory may be off, but that seems like more than we typically get.

— As far as marquee OOC home games go, we’re out of luck. There’s Arizona and Arizona. The good stuff happens either on the road or in Charleston.

— Breaking down conference play:

x2: Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Clemson
Home-only: Miami, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech
Road-only: Maryland, Boston College, Virginia

— Beginning conference play with Wake Forest and road trips to BC and FSU gives us a shot at a good start, which would probably be a good idea. The brutal stretch begins in late January: at UNC, vs. VT, at Duke back-to-back-to-back. And that stretch is sandwiched by a pair of road games. Four road trips in five games, with the heavy-hitters in the middle. Fun times.

— OOC foes with 2010 Pomeroy Rating in parenthesis:

Tenn Tech (251)
Fairleigh Dickinson (316)
Wisconsin (9)
Syracuse (4)
USC Upstate (280)
Youngstown State (225)
Arizona (92)
Delaware State (264)
Alabama A&M (334)
San Diego (219)
Elon (260)

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30 Responses to 2010-2011 Men’s Basketball Schedule

  1. wolfbuff 09/02/2010 at 4:39 PM #

    That schedule is not driving me to the web site to buy season tickets. Maybe I’ll see if I can get discount tickets for the Arizona game – which is 6 days before Christmas – and score some for the UNC game (if none of my sons has a basketball game of their own that afternoon). Yawn.

  2. IMFletcherWolf 09/02/2010 at 4:45 PM #

    Stinks that there are not more marquee games at home, but I like that we are playing some good teams. Maybe we’ll be lucky and some of these non-conference teams listed above will have better RPI/Pomeroy scores this season vs last. Those teams in the 300’s and high 200’s kill our RPI ranking.

  3. 61Packer 09/02/2010 at 7:17 PM #

    Considering past non-conference schedules, plus next football season’s non-conference lineup of South Alabama, Liberty and Central Michigan, I’m getting used to the endless cupcake parade.

  4. 61Packer 09/02/2010 at 7:20 PM #

    I meant to say that South Alabama, Liberty and Central Michigan are our HOME non-conference opponents next season. Every time I try to edit, I get a black screen that won’t let me do anything.

  5. leewolf 09/02/2010 at 9:34 PM #

    I’ll be sending in my season ticket application next week. I don’t care who are playing really, I’m excited about this season and excited to see the Pack on the court.

  6. VaWolf82 09/02/2010 at 10:05 PM #

    General note to anyone wondering where 3 posts went:

    If you want to call other posters bad fans or push your definition of what it takes to be a good fan onto others, please find some other place to do that. Thanks.

  7. 97 pack alum 09/02/2010 at 10:25 PM #

    I am curious if there is better information on which teams are TBD for the Charleston Classic. I did a quick search and found that two teams are TBD. Is that set yet? If not, what criteria will be used to choose the other teams to be included?

  8. ruffles31 09/02/2010 at 10:48 PM #

    ^, I have not seen anywhere where the last two teams have been selected or announced yet. I hope they are better quality teams than the teams that would come here for the BCA Invitational during the previous regime. The PR for the tourney would be “featuring teams from the Pac-10, Big East, and Big 10, as well as host NC State.” They wouldn’t say that those teams were Oregon State, Rutgers, and Northwestern. HAHA!

    Overall, I like the schedule more than the past few. Although I am disappointed somewhat in the OOC home schedule, the OOC road/neutral schedule makes up for it.

    My biggest beef with the scheduling philosophies of both Sendek and Lowe is not the lack of top flight OOC teams to come to the RBC Center (although only having one top-10 OOC team to ever play in the RBC Center is utterly embarrassing), but it is the insistence of play some of the worst Division I teams out there.

    An improvement from previous years is that NC Central is not on the list. However, 8 of the 11 known OOC games (including 8 of the 9 home games) are against teams with a RPI of 219 or worse, including 2 in the 300s. Why do we have to play all of these REALLY bad teams? I don’t mind playing one or two, but 8? Unfortunately, I feel this will give our team a false sense of confidence. If we replaced the teams higher than 250 with teams between 125 and 200, then our OOC schedule would be excellent.

    But now, let’s assume we go 8-8 in the league. Assuming we win all 8 cupcakes, the team needs to probably win 2 in Charleston, Arizona, and hopefully split at Wisconsin and at Syracuse to feel good about getting into the dance. If we replaced the teams higher than 250 with teams between 125 and 200, then the team would not have as much pressure to win those road games as our OOC SOS would be somewhere in the 80s, instead of 200.

  9. Rick 09/03/2010 at 10:54 AM #

    9 out of our first 15 games are not televised.
    Last year we were one of the least televised teams in the league. That trend continues.
    That is not good IMO. Hurts exposure and recruiting.

  10. Classof89 09/03/2010 at 11:10 AM #

    The worst home OOC schedule I ever remember, even worst than some of Sendek’s doozies. Prior to the Great Scandal, we always played at least two marquee opponents at home (national TV type of opponents–Louisville, Kentuckey, SMU when they had Jon Koncak, UNLV, etc.) and then a few other good regional matchups (ECU, Richmond, etc.). I’ve never seen this many sub-200 RPI matchups in a single season.

    Evidently whoever does the hoops schedule has decided that the Colonial League is too good for us–I wonder if, given their recent success in the NCAA tourney, the members of that league (ODU, George Mason, etc.) have decided that they will no longer schedule series with the ACC without a return visit?

  11. Classof89 09/03/2010 at 11:48 AM #

    OK: here is my annual “how I’d do the schedule” exercise. I agree with those of you who think the top of the schedule is fine, it’s just the really awful teams at the bottom…I’m using the Ken Pomroy rankings ( http://kenpom.com/rate.php )

    (1) Instead of OVC also ran Tenn Tech (251), why not someone decent from the OVC like Eastern Kentucky (180), or, if you really want to get crazy, one of the GOOD OVC teams like Morehead State (96) or Murray State (50)?

    (2) Instead of NEC mediocrity Fairleigh Dickinson (316) (actually had a winning conference record, but won exactly one (1) OOC game and finished 11-21 overall), how about one of the co-champions Quinnipiac (195) or Robert Morris (176) or even old-time basketball power and past opponent Mt. St. Marys (169)? Yes, that’s right, we went and got an opponent twice as bad as Mt. St. Marys for this year’s schedule.

    (3) Instead of USC Upstate (280), a team that finished 6-23, and did Fairleigh one better by winning ZERO OOC games, how about FRIGGIN CAMPBELL–a team that is 15 MILES AWAY, and finished 8 games ahead of USC-Upstate in the Atlantic Sun standings last year? Good Lord, you wouldn’t even have to make a long distance call to schedule this game, and Campbell’s RPI was 161.

    (4) Instead of Horizon League cellar dweller Youngstown State (225) (2-16, 8-22 last year) how about Detroit (129)? Took Butler to OT last January, so we’re probably scared to play them too. Despite their lofty RPI (probably based on that one game), I’m sure they’d be overjoyed to schedule an ACC opponent.

    (5) Although I understand Sid’s trying to help out the historically black conferences by scheduling Alabama A&M (334) of the SWAC, how about a team from those leagues that are actually successful within the conference like Texas Southern (268)?

    (6) They also scheduled a MEAC team in Delaware State (264). Could have done a little better with Tarheel slayer Hampton (216), but other than league champion Morgan State, no other MEAC team has an RPI better than 200. We have scheduled Morgan State in the past, but since Delaware State did finish for 2nd, if you have to have a MEAC team, that’s not a bad choice. I’d keep Delaware State.

    (7) If you can’t replace WCC also ran San Diego (219) (3-11, 11-21) with Mountain West power San Diego State (41), they could have at least tried to get Portland (90), or even a WCC team with a rich hoops history like Loyola Marymount (186). Doubt either of the last two would demand a return visit.

    (8) Elon (260) finished DFL in the Southern Conference last year with a record of 5-13 in the conference, 9-23 overall. If we’re doing someone at Elon a personal favor, fine. Otherwise, why wouldn’t you try to schedule significantly better SC programs Appalachian State (108), Western Carolina (159), or get an old ACC connection game with Bobby Cremins and College of Charleston (145)?

    Why we continue to schedule teams that finished last in their conferences the year before and with overall losing records is utterly beyond me. And I refuse to believe many, if any of these games were scheduled prior to last March, the date of the Pomeroy rankings I used in pulling together this post.

  12. PoppaJohn 09/03/2010 at 12:29 PM #

    Is it a money issue?
    I don’t profess to know, but the OOC schedule makes no sense at all. Sid understands that to be highly thought of and ranked, he needs to beat some quality teams. He’s not stupid, there must be some behind the scenes rationale that comes into consideration in the decision making process. Maybe we’re not seen as a desirable OOC matchup????

    Beats the heck out of me, but this is embarrassing. This is a step backwards in our recent (new) trend of ‘moving in the right direction’.

  13. coach13 09/03/2010 at 1:01 PM #

    Agree with all…can we change some of this crap? Re-diculous!

  14. Classof89 09/03/2010 at 4:06 PM #

    How can it be a money issue? Don’t we cover travel expense for visiting teams? How could you possibly justify passing over Campbell, and instead scheduling USC-Upstate? All Campbell has to do is climb on a bus and take a short ride up 401 to play us.

    It’s embarrassing, is what it is. Lowe has evidently adopted the John Thompson philosophy of OOC home scheduling (for those that don’t remember, Georgetown was notorious for assembling lineups of patsies to play in Nov/december when Thompson was there).

  15. rky 09/09/2010 at 10:22 PM #

    Still cannot get accustomed to ending the regular season against anyone other than Wake.

  16. StateFans 09/09/2010 at 10:25 PM #

    ^ Totally agree. I can’t stand the new ACC

  17. tjfoose1 09/09/2010 at 10:43 PM #

    Expansion killed the king. ACC BASKETBALL no longer exists.

  18. hball57 09/09/2010 at 10:48 PM #

    I had convinced Taylor Zarxour to do a show this summer about how basketball schedules are constructed and how much it costs to get teams to play you. then of course the UNC mess happened.

    My understanding is that you actually pay a team to come (you don’t just cover travel expenses). So we may have a budget for scheduling Non-Conference teams, so for every Arizona, you need a SC-Upstate, for example.

    As proof look at NC Central the last few years. the had 20+ road games to make money for the program.

  19. Moox 09/09/2010 at 11:12 PM #

    This is how OOC games are scheduled.



    “Georgetown University needs one game to complete our schedule.
    Preferably a guarantee @ our place (up to 90K).
    But willing to start a H/H (starting @ our place).
    Dates are: Dec 4, 7 & 28.
    Please contact Mike Brennan @ 202-687-2391.”

    You will note, there is top 25 teams using that board to advertise.

  20. StateFans 09/09/2010 at 11:14 PM #

    Moox…that is really interesting. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope to see more posts from you in the future! Thanks

  21. Moox 09/09/2010 at 11:24 PM #

    Thanks for the welcome! Had that site bookmarked for a year or so, fun to read teams advertise themselves as guaranteed losers to D1 programs.

    That being said, if we want to bolster our OOC schedule for next year we need to jump on the Mich state postings or this doozie.

    The University of Kentucky is looking for several home guarantee games for the 2011-12 season to be played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Very competitive guarantee offered. Several dates are available for the ’11-’12 season. If interested please contact Assistant Coach John Robic at [email protected] or by phone at 859-257-5999.

  22. PoppaJohn 09/10/2010 at 8:15 AM #

    Moox – fascinating to see that site – I am amazed it is that simple


  23. Classof89 09/10/2010 at 9:20 AM #

    Check out what Arizona posted on the board for 2011-12. I guess SOME universities care about what they force their season ticket holders to spring $25+ a ticket for:

    “Looking for Guarantee games to be played in Tucson. Would like RPI between 75-175”

  24. Moox 09/10/2010 at 9:43 AM #

    You have to remember of course that the ACC schedule is all sub 125 RPI teams and that the Charleston classic has in it’s field thus far #7 RPI Georgetown and #157 RPI George Mason with the potential for two more high RPI teams.

  25. hball57 09/10/2010 at 4:32 PM #

    So Georgetown was offering up to $90,000 for a game. That goes with my opinion that we have a budget for our home OOC. If we could only offer an average of 20K – 40K, we may be priced out of some opponents.

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