Duke to face Virginia, Pitt on ESPN’s Big Monday

DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke Blue Devils will appear twice on ESPN Big Monday broadcasts this season as announced by the network on Wednesday.

The Blue Devils kick off Big Monday with a Jan. 13 home game against the Virginia Cavaliers and will travel to face the Pittsburgh Panthers on Jan. 27.

Eight Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) games will be broadcast on consecutive Mondays between Jan. 13 and March 3.

“ESPN Big Monday provides a terrific window to further showcase ACC Basketball,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

‘“This opportunity provides our players, coaches and fans with unprecedented appointment viewing, and it will be exciting to watch all 15 member schools compete throughout the season.”

Each of the ACC’s three newest members – Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse – has at least one game scheduled as part of the ESPN Big Monday package.

The Big Monday lineup will feature college basketball’s two-all time winningest coaches in Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (957 career wins) and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (920), and three of the four active NCAA coaches with 700 or more wins in Krzyzewski, Boeheim and North Carolina’s Roy Williams (700).

The ACC trio, which has combined for seven NCAA titles, comprises three of the five active Division I coaches in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The complete 2013-14 ACC basketball schedule, with dates, starting times and television broadcast information, will be released later this month.

ACC Big Monday lineup

January 13 – Virginia at Duke (ESPN), 7 p.m.

January 20 – North Carolina at Virginia (ESPN), 7 p.m.

January 27 – Duke at Pitt (ESPN), 7 p.m.

February 3 – Notre Dame at Syracuse (ESPN), 7 p.m.

February  10 – Maryland at Virginia (ESPN), 7 p.m.

February  17 – North Carolina at Florida State (ESPN), 7 p.m.

February  24 – Syracuse at Maryland (ESPN), 7 p.m.

March 3 – Notre Dame at North Carolina (ESPN), 7 p.m.