LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eight regionally or nationally televised broadcasts highlight the University of Louisville women’s basketball program’s 2015-16 Atlantic Coast Conference schedule that the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Arguably the top conference for women’s basketball, the ACC saw eight schools earn bids to the NCAA Tournament and a league-record five advance to last year’s NCAA Sweet 16, the most of any conference that year and a figure that tied for the second-most by a league in tournament history.
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The Cardinals, who compiled a 12-4 mark in their inaugural season in the ACC in 2014-15, open the slate against Elite Eight participant Florida State on Jan. 1 on ESPNU at 4 p.m. The Seminoles finished the year ranked seventh in the final Associated Press Poll.
Following a road trip to Georgia Tech on Jan. 3, Louisville returns to the KFC Yum! Center for contests against Virginia Tech (Jan. 7) and Duke (Jan. 10). Television coverage between the Cardinals and Blue Devils will be announced a later date.
Louisville then begins a three-game swing on the road, its longest span away from home, with a Jan. 14 matchup at Virginia. Louisville and NC State tangle on Jan. 17 in Raleigh, N.C., before the Cardinals fly north a week later to play at Syracuse on ESPN3 on Jan. 25.
Closing out January, Louisville plays host to Clemson on Jan. 28 and Wake Forest on Jan. 31. The Cardinals beat both programs last year, registering an 81-49 victory over the Tigers and a 79-68 win at the Demon Deacons.
Louisville starts the eight-game month of February at North Carolina, tipping off against the Tar Heels at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. The programs met twice last year – both resulting in Louisville victories. The Cardinals won on their home court 75-66 and then, in one of the most thrilling games of the ACC Tournament, outlasted North Carolina 77-75 in overtime.
In one of the most anticipated games of the season, Louisville welcomes national runner-up Notre Dame on Feb. 7 for the Cardinals’ 11th home game of the year. It is the Fighting Irish’s first trip to Louisville since 2012. The contest will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 at a time later to be announced.
Louisville plays Pittsburgh twice during the month, first on the road on Feb. 11 and then at home to close the season on Feb. 28, a contest that will air on ACC’s Regional Sports Network. Between that timeframe, the Cardinals play host to Virginia – Louisville’s other repeat opponent – on Feb. 18 and then take part in consecutive road games at Boston College (Feb. 21) and Miami (Feb. 25).
The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, held at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., runs from March 2-6.
Louisville is coming off its sixth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history under head coach Jeff Walz, the winningest coach in school history. All-Americans Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen headline the returnees from last year’s 27-7 team, coupled with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.