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BREAKING: ACC Expands to 20 Conference Games for 2019-20 Season

The toughest conference in the nation got even tougher for its teams.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference will expand their conference basketball schedule from 18 to 20 games per team as of the 2019-20 season.

ACC teams will continue to play their two primary rivals twice per year, with four additional conference teams to be on the schedule twice in any given year on a rotational basis. Previously, that number was just two additional teams. Each team will also play eight other conference teams once per year. That number will be down from 10 teams. Every team still plays every other conference team at least once.

Miami’s two rivals in terms of ACC scheduling are Florida State and Virginia Tech.

In the new system set to take effect in 2019-20, the Hurricanes will play Duke, North Carolina State, Louisville and Pittsburgh twice next year, along with the usual home-and-home setup with FSU and VT.

The system will be in effect for at least three years through the 2021-22 season, when each ACC team will have played each ‘non-rival’ team an equal number of times.

Under the current rotation used, the Canes play North Carolina and Wake Forest twice this season. The soon-to-be-retired current scheduling formula has been in place since the 2014-15 season.

The ACC joins the Big Ten Conference in expanding the conference slate to twenty games.