David Teel of the Richmond Times-Dispatch kicked out a couple of ACC basketball schedule updates on Twitter Friday afternoon.
First up, the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Usually, the two leagues and ESPN waiting until after the withdraw deadline for the NBA Draft to set the schedule. However, with that date pushed back indefinitely, all three parties will look to finalize the 14 pairings.
The ACC, Big Ten and ESPN annually wait until after deadline to withdraw from NBA draft to determine matchups. But with the June 3 deadline delayed indefinitely, parties will move to finalize 14 pairings. …
— David Teel (@ByDavidTeel) May 15, 2020
Additionally, there will be changes to the conference schedule for ACC hoops, too. According to Teel, the league won’t open the 2020-21 season as it did the 2019-20 campaign: conference games for season-openers. This, of course, was done as a boost for the ACC Network, which launched last August.
In lieu of that, the ACC will open conference play with a round of games during the first week of December. This same mechanism took place this season, too, but it didn’t serve as the league’s opener. The next round of ACC games will take place between Christmas/Dec. 25 and New Year’s.