The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will open its 2019-20 season with an Atlantic Coast Conference game against Miami on Nov. 5, announced today in a news conference highlighting the upcoming ACC Network.
It will be the earliest opening game ever for the Cardinals and the first time they have played a conference opponent to open the season.
In a press conference today at the 2019 New York Life ACC Tournament, ESPN announced four games will be broadcast on the ACC Network, the new 24/7 national platform that will launch on August 22, 2019. The exclusive early-season basketball broadcasts include: Louisville at Miami and Georgia Tech at NC State (Nov. 5); and Notre Dame at North Carolina and Virginia at Syracuse (Nov. 6).
Three additional conference games will be aired on ESPN2 or ESPNU including Virginia Tech at Clemson (Nov. 5), Wake Forest at Boston College (Nov. 6), and Florida State at Pitt (Nov. 6). As was previously released by ESPN, Duke is set to compete in the State Farm Champions Classic (Nov. 5), which will be aired on ESPN.
All seven conference game times will be determined at a later date.
Miami (14-18, 5-13 ACC) tied for 11th in the ACC this season and was the only power conference team to have five players average at least 10.9 points per game, led by sophomore guard Chris Lykes’ 16.2 average. Louisville has an 11-4 series advantage over the Hurricanes and the Cardinals prevailed 90-73 over Miami in UofL’s opening ACC game this season on Jan. 6 in the KFC Yum! Center.
In its first season under head coach Chris Mack, Louisville has achieved a 20-13 record to date while facing the nation’s second-toughest schedule. Picked to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL achieved a 10-8 conference record and attained a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings. The Cardinals have beaten four Associated Press Top 25 teams this year and currently stand at No. 22 in the nation in the NCAA’s NET rankings. Louisville ranks among the nation’s top 30 teams in both offensive (29th) and defensive efficiency (16th). Entering this season, the Cardinals had returned one starter and about a third of its scoring and rebounding from last season’s team.
Next season, the Cardinals will welcome their 2019 signing class which is ranked second in the nation by ESPN.com and fifth by both Rivals.com and 247sports.com.
Owned and operated by ESPN in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, ACC Network (ACCN) is a new 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports set to launch August 22, 2019. Approximately 450 live contests including 40 regular-season football games, 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, and 200 other regular-season competitions and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports will be televised annually, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. Together, the ACCN and its digital platform, ACC Network Extra (ACCNE), will feature 1,300 ACC events in its first year. ESPN has been televising ACC content since 1979 and has exclusive rights to every conference-controlled game across sports and championships.
Fans interested in learning more about the ACCN can visit www.GetACCN.com.
In 2019-20, the first year of a 20-game conference schedule and UofL’s sixth as a member of the ACC, the Cardinals’ home ACC opponents will include Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. UofL’s 10 league road games will be at Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Virginia.