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UofL basketball schedule: Cards get Duke, UNC at home

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville Cardinals' inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will feature 21 home games at KFC Yum! Center, at least 20 nationally televised games, and appearances in six special early season events.

Nearly half of the Cardinals' 31 games will be played against teams that participated in post-season competition last season, including 11 from the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Twenty-one of the Cardinals games will be played against teams that won at least 17 games last season.

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"This will be one of the biggest challenges we've had since I've been at Louisville,” said UofL head basketball coach Rick Pitino, whose team has played a schedule ranked among the top 12 toughest by the ratings percentage index (RPI) in six of the last seven seasons. "It's not only a fantastic league schedule, where three of our four repeat opponents are ranked high in the polls, but our non-conference schedule, which includes three Big Ten schools, will present a significant task. We believe our veterans will be prepared for it, and certainly we look forward to the challenge. This should be one of the most exciting schedules in UofL history with our first season in the ACC."

Twelve of the Cardinals' first 15 games, including a pair of exhibition games, will be played at home at KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals will face their first outside competition in an exhibition game against Barry on Nov. 1 at KFC Yum! Center. Bellarmine, which, like Barry, reached the NCAA Division II tournament, will provide the opposition in the Cards' second home exhibition game on Nov. 9. 

UofL officially opens its season against Minnesota on Nov. 14 on ESPN in the Armed Forces Classic, to be played at U.S. Air Station Borinquen, a U.S. Coast Guard base in Puerto Rico. The 2014 NIT Champion Golden Gophers are coached by Richard Pitino, a former UofL assistant and son of the Cardinals' Hall of Fame head coach.

A number of the games will air on WAVE 3 News, part of the ACC Network.

Click here for the full 2014-15 schedule for the UofL men's basketball team.

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