Virginia's defense of its ACC title next men's basketball season will include home games against four conference opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament this year.
The ACC released conference matchups for the next two basketball seasons on Tuesday. The upcoming 2014-15 season will mark Louisville's first in the conference. The Cardinals replace Maryland, who will join the Big Ten next season after 61 years in the ACC.
"With the addition of Louisville, the ACC schedule gets even stronger," UVa coach Tony Bennett said in a release on Tuesday. “Our fans have played a big part in our success at home and the impact they had in our postseason run this past year was noticeable. We’re certainly going to need them again with the schedule we’ll face moving forward.”
Bennett's teams are a perfect 18-0 at home against ACC opponents over the past two seasons. This past season, the Cavaliers went 16-2 in the league to win the ACC's regular season title, then followed that with the program's first ACC Tournament championship since 1976.
Louisville also replaces the Terrapins on UVa's schedule, meaning the two programs will play home-and-home series in each of the next two seasons. The Cardinals join Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and NC State as teams UVa will face twice on the 2014-15 schedule.
Louisville and NC State were both NCAA Tournament teams this past season. They join Duke and Pittsburgh as tournament teams set to visit John Paul Jones Arena next season. The Cavaliers will visit the ACC's other tournament teams from this past season, North Carolina and Syracuse.
Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Clemson round out UVa's home opponents next season, while the Cavaliers will also travel to Miami, Boston College, and Notre Dame.
Game dates and times have not yet been determined.
Virginia's 2015-16 ACC schedule will include home games against North Carolina, NC State, Boston College, Syracuse, and Notre Dame, and trips to Florida State, Georgia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, and Pitt. The Cavaliers will play Louisville, Virginia Tech, Miami, and Clemson twice.