Proposed Basketball Scheduling for ACC: Updated
Update: With Credit to Bleedinorange44, and some further analysis by the author, here is a revised version!
With the outstanding ratings being drawn by Syracuse-Duke, the question that begs is whether the ACC can configure the schedule to allow Duke-Syracuse to play annually, without interfering with other obligations and rivalries. The Confidential has a proposal.
1. As is now, you play every team once.
2. You play four teams twice. A home and home.
3. Each team has four “rivals,” for lack of a better term. The goal is history, regionality, and some sense of balance, if possible. You want all of the elite teams having one lesser opponent. And all of the lesser opponents having at least one elite team.
Here are the proposed rivalries:
Duke: UNC, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Clemson
UNC: Duke, Virginia, NC State, Notre Dame
Virginia: Virginia Tech, UNC, NC State, Pitt
Syracuse: Duke, Boston College, Pitt, Louisville
Notre Dame: Pitt, Boston College, Wake Forest, UNC
BC: Notre Dame, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech
Wake Forest: Duke, NC State, BC, Notre Dame
NC State: UNC, Wake Forest, Virginia, Va Tech
Virginia Tech: Virginia, Miami, Pitt, NC State
Pitt: ND, Syracuse, Virginia, Va Tech
Florida State: Miami, Ga Tech, Clemson, Louisville
Miami: FSU, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Louisville
Ga Tech: FSU, Boston College, Clemson, Louisville
Louisville: FSU, Miami, Ga Tech, Syracuse
Clemson: FSU, Miami, Ga Tech, Duke
4. UPDATE: Notre Dame is now fixed–has North Carolina as a match! Notre Dame has it easy, but there is just no other way to make it work. The football schools generally have it pretty well–but that is the thanks for being big money generators on the gridiron. Every team plays every team, so it is not THAT big a deal really.
If anyone has any MORE ideas to tweak it, go for it. If I made any mistakes–sorry, did not spend hours on it. Idea went from “idea” to “post” pretty quickly.