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Irish learn 2013-14 ACC opponents

Notre Dame's first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference will feature three games against traditional men's basketball powers North Carolina and Duke.

The Irish's opponents for the 2013-14 season were announced by the conference Tuesday, and Notre Dame will play North Carolina at home and on the road and will play Duke at home.

Time and dates for Notre Dame's 18-game ACC schedule, as well as the team's entire 2013-14 schedule, will be announced at a later date.

North Carolina is one of four repeat opponents for Notre Dame, joining Boston College, Georgia Tech and Virginia. The Irish move from the Big East to the ACC this summer for all sports except football and hockey, and they had already been paired with the Eagles and Yellow Jackets as yearly repeat home-and-away opponents.

Along with playing Duke at home, Notre Dame will play host to Clemson, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.

The Irish's road-only opponents are Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

The ACC tournament will be March 12-16 at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.

Notre Dame's trip to North Carolina will be the first time the Irish have visited the Tar Heels since an 85-56 loss in 1993. North Carolina last visited Notre Dame in 1994, beating the Irish 80-71.

The Tar Heels hold a 16-4 edge in the series and have won the last three meetings as they beat the Irish 102-87 in the 2008 Maui Invitational.

Duke will come to Notre Dame for the first time since the Blue Devils defeated the Irish 87-74 in 1995. Duke holds a 19-2 advantage in the series and has won its last 11 games against Notre Dame with the last victory, 84-77, coming in the second round of the 2002 NCAA tournament.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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