NCAA Basketball Picks: Atlantic Coast Conference Schedule Preview

Joe Freda

Sunday, September 22, 2013 5:45 PM GMT

The Atlantic Coast Conference is loaded with its share of college hoops contenders this year, including new additions like the Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers.
<p style="text-align: center;"><em><a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: 2013-14 NCAAB Betting Strategies" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-2013-14-ncaab-betting-strategies-a-32514/">Are you prepared for the upcoming NCAA basketball season</a>?</em></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Schedule strength throughout the season should set the table for the Atlantic Coast Conference's top challengers to have a hefty presence in March’s “Big Dance.” Which of these schedules bodes best for our <a target="_blank" title="For the latest in NCAA basketball odds, info, picks & predictions, visit!" href="/ncaa-basketball/">NCAA basketball picks</a>?</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;"><a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: Duke Blue Devils 2013-14 Futures Update" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-duke-blue-devils-2013-14-futures-update-a-33452/">Duke Blue Devils</a></b></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><img style="font-size: 1em;" src="/picks-pictures/DukeBlueDevilNCAAB_September2013_200.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />Duke’s first marquee date comes against the <a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: Kansas Jayhawks & Wiggins Preview" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-kansas-jayhawks-wiggins-preview-a-31652/">Kansas Jayhawks</a> as part of Chicago’s State Farm Champions Classic, while finishing November with the <a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: NIT Season Tip-Off Analysis" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-nit-season-tip-off-analysis-a-32535/">Preseason NIT</a>. December’s action features Mike Krzyzewski’s squad battling the <a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines 2013-14 Preview" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-michigan-wolverines-2013-14-preview-a-32682/">Michigan Wolverines</a> in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;">North Carolina Tar Heels</b></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">UNC has a trio of big dates in December, facing the <a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: Michigan St. Spartans 2013-14 Preview" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-michigan-st-spartans-2013-14-preview-a-32681/">Michigan State Spartans</a>, <a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: Kentucky Wildcats to win Title in 2014?" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-kentucky-wildcats-win-title-2014-a-30682/">Kentucky Wildcats</a>, and Texas Longhorns. The Tar Heels’ rivalry meetings with Duke will come as ACC play nears its end, including a regular season finale in Durham.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;"><a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: Syracuse Orange 2013-14 Preview & Odds" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-syracuse-orange-2013-14-preview-odds-a-32849/">Syracuse Orange</a></b></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Syracuse heads west for the <a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: Maui Invitational Predictions" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-maui-invitational-predictions-a-32586/">Maui Invitational</a> in its early action, followed by <a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Betting: Big East Betting Preview " href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-betting-big-east-betting-preview-a-33605/">facing some of its former Big East rivals</a>. Jim Boeheim’s troops square off with the St. John’s Red Storm and Villanova Wildcats, while the Indiana Hoosiers make their way to Carrier Dome for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;">Pittsburgh Panthers</b></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><a target="_blank" title="Free live and updated NCAA basketball odds, at!" href="/betting-odds/ncaa-basketball/">NCAA basketball odds</a> show that Pittsburgh’s slate shapes up lighter than their above rivals, hoping to run up some attention in November’s ‘cupcake’ contests. The Fresno State Bulldogs and Lehigh Mountain Hawks visit Petersen Events Center, while a step up in class comes as part of Brooklyn’s Legends Classic against Texas Tech.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;"><a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: N. C. State Wolfpack Odds Update" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-n-c-state-wolfpack-odds-update-a-33467/">NC State Wolfpack</a></b></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">NC State finds itself <a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Betting: N.C. State 2013-14 Preview & Futures Odds" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-betting-n-c-state-2013-14-preview-futures-odds-a-32846/">crunched in a year of rebuild</a>, beginning with early televised matchups against the Cincinnati Bearcats and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. The Wolfpack could find themselves on the losing end of their start to ACC play, with road dates at Notre Dame, Virginia and Duke in the first five contests.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;">Virginia Cavaliers</b></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Virginia draws in-state foe VCU for its second contest of the year, while December duels loom with the Wisconsin Badgers and Tennessee Volunteers. Tony Bennett’s boys could pick up late steam with a February stretch that includes home matchups against Boston College and Maryland.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;">Florida State Seminoles</b></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Florida State has some early challenges, including the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and road dates with the <a target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Picks: Florida Gators 2013-14 Future Odds" href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-florida-gators-2013-14-future-odds-a-31999/">Florida Gators</a> and Minnesota Golden Gophers. Look for the Seminoles to pull off one or two early upsets, setting FSU up as a sleeper team when the heart of ACC play hits.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;">Miami Hurricanes</b></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">The Hurricanes will be a long shot to defend last year’s ACC Tournament title in this season’s campaign, while taking on a lighter early schedule. <a href="/" title="For free sports picks, odds and predictions, visit!" target="_blank">Sports betting</a> highlights have Miami heading to Anaheim for November’s Wooden Classic, followed by a road battle with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size: 1em;">Notre Dame Fighting Irish</b></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Notre Dame has its chances to run the table early, with nine of its first 10 contests at Purcell Pavilion. The schedule steps up with December matchups against the Indiana Hoosiers and Ohio State Buckeyes, while opening ACC play at home against Duke.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><em>Discuss the upcoming 2013-14 NCAA basketball season! <a href="" title="Join the discussion at SBRForum's NCAA basketball message boards!" target="_blank">Log on to our forum</a>!</em><br /></span></p>