Duke will appear three times on ESPN Big Monday broadcasts this upcoming season, as announced by the network Wednesday. The Blue Devils are set to host two of the three contests, welcoming Syracuse to Cameron Indoor Stadium Jan. 18 and Louisville Feb. 8. Duke is also scheduled to make a trip to Coral Gables, Fla., Jan. 25 for a game against Miami.
Duke, entering its third season as a participant of ESPN’s Big Monday, is a perfect 4-0 in the series following victories against Pittsburgh and Florida State last year. During the 2013-14 season, the Blue Devils defeated Virginia and Pittsburgh in ESPN Big Monday meetings.
Eight ACC games will be broadcast on Mondays beginning Jan. 4 and running until Feb. 29. Each ACC contest is set for a 7 p.m. (ET) start and will be televised nationally by ESPN. Big Monday takes a one week hiatus Jan. 11 as ESPN showcases the College Football National Championship game.
Overall, ESPN networks will offer more than 125 games from each conference during the 2015-16 season. Full conference schedules will be announced at a later date. ESPN’s 2014-15 season was its second most-viewed season to date.
All games will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
The ACC ESPN Big Monday Schedule (subject to change)
Jan. 4 – No. 2 North Carolina at Florida State (ESPN)
Jan. 18 – Syracuse at No. 6 Duke (ESPN)
Jan. 25 – No. 6 Duke at Miami (ESPN)
Feb. 1 – No. 2 North Carolina at Louisville (ESPN)
Feb. 8 – Louisville at No. 6 Duke (ESPN)
Feb. 15 – NC State at No. 4 Virginia (ESPN)
Feb. 22 – No. 4 Virginia at Miami (ESPN)
Feb. 29 – Syracuse at No. 2 North Carolina (ESPN)
- North Carolina enters the season ranked No. 2 and has three appearances on Big Monday: at Florida State Jan. 4, at Louisville Feb. 1 and home against Syracuse Feb. 29.
- Duke – fresh off its national title and ranked preseason No. 6 – is on the schedule three times: at home vs. Syracuse on Jan. 18, on the road vs. Miami on Jan. 25 and at home against Louisville on Feb. 8.
- The Blue Devils add the ESPN 100 No. 3 incoming recruit in small forward Brandon Ingram, in addition to top 30 recruits in No. 11 Chase Jeter (center), No. 17 Derryck Thornton (point guard) and No. 24 Luke Kennard (shooting guard).
- Seven of the last 15 NCAA Basketball Championships have been won by teams currently competing in the ACC. The American Athletic Conference and the SEC are tied for second with three titles each.