ACC Mulls 18 Game Schedule...Again

They are also talking about two divisions as well.

Via Andy Katz:

The current scheduling format calls for every school to have two primary partners it plays twice each. Then they play the other nine schools either home or on the road and then home and road in one year for a select number of schools. The current schedule is on a three-year rotation.

Hicks said if the ACC went to 18 league games, it would add another primary partner which each school would always play twice.

Hicks said the division concept is separate from the 18-game schedule.

The ACC has two divisions in football: the Atlantic and the Coastal. The Atlantic has Florida State, Boston College, Maryland, Wake Forest, Clemson and NC State. The Coastal has Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg said he's against the divisional concept because it hasn't proven to work out well in football. He said you couldn't have a basketball division with Duke and North Carolina in the same half because they've been so dominant in winning the league recently. He's also against an 18-game schedule because it would limit the opportunities for nonconference games. Greenberg said the NCAA tournament selection committee has shown they don't value more conference games. Instead, they put more emphasis on nonconference schedules that schools can control.

Greenberg wants a new formula for the 16 games. He'd like to see 11 games against every team and then five more that are randomly rotated every season. He isn't for locking in two teams playing twice every season. But television partners, and the schools themselves, would likely demand that Duke and Carolina have to play twice. The same is probably true of Virginia Tech and Virginia, not because of TV demands, but due to the two administrations.

The ACC's imbalanced schedule always has imperfections. This past season, Clemson beat Duke at home but didn't have to go to Cameron. Wake Forest beat North Carolina in Winston-Salem but didn't have to go to Chapel Hill.

If the league went to divisions, the ACC tournament would also be affected. Hicks said there are two models for the coaches: one in which the division winners are seeded 1 and 2 and another one that's similar to the SEC model, which has an East 1 and West 1 as co-equals in seeding. The SEC has divisions in football and basketball.

The Big 12 has one division in basketball, but its scheduling format is like the SEC's divisional rotation (each team plays the team in its football division twice and the other side once: three home and three road).

My take is the ACC should move to an 18 game schedule after jettisoning Boston College and Miami. Sadly, the ACC wants its precious, poorly attended, much mocked championship game in football so we basketball traditionalists have to deal with a crappy imbalanced scheduleon the hardwood.

Since BC and Miami appear to be staying, I am probably still in favor of an 18 game schedule if it means adding another primary partner.  Under that scenario, UNC would hopefully get Wake Forest twice each season and Duke could do the same with NC State brining us closer to having the Big Four play round robin with each other.  Granted that seems a little North Carolina-centric of me, but we all know which side the ACC's bread is buttered on in basketball.

As for two divisions.  That is nonsense along the lines of NC State unitards and 3/4 of calls made by Karl Hess. Besides that VT's Seth Greenberg makes one good point among some fairly asinine ones saying that UNC and Duke most certainly would have to be in the same division which would means the other four schools in that group are royally screwed. If they do decide go with two divisions then it should be: UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, NC State and Maryland in one division with Miami, FSU, Clemson, BC, VT and Georgia Tech in the other one. In other words, schools who have a clue(and care) about basketball vs the ones that don't. Having all of the ACC titles ever won save four in one division seems fair right? Not to mention the NCAA title score between the two divisions would be 11-0.

By the way, Greenberg is against the 18 game schedule because he needs to keep those two dates available for some cupcake goodness on his non-conference slate which then enables him to complain at season's end about his 18-14 Hokies and their SOS of 187 missing the NCAA Tournament. Not that two more ACC games would help in that regard, at least according to College RPI's Jerry Palm. Still, let's not act like Greenberg or anyone else is protecting two vital non-conference games for the purposes of emboldening their NCAA resume.  And rotating the partners Seth? On what planet do you think we are living that UNC-Duke would not be a set home and away every season?

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