ACC hoops schedule is out: Here are the highlights

DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) -- After a 1-2 start from our Triangle ACC football teams, many folks (myself included) are pining for the start of college hoops. 2017-18 schedules are out. Here are a few highlights.

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The Kevin Keatts era at N.C. State will officially begin on Friday, November 10 when the Wolfpack host VMI.

The Pack will have 13 games under their belt before opening ACC play at Clemson on December 30. As far as area rivals are concerned, State hosts Duke January 6 in the two schools' only regular-season meeting.

The first of a home and home with North Carolina is in Chapel Hill on Saturday, January 27. Two Saturdays later they'll play again at the PNC, one of 19 home games.

Meanwhile, the defending NCAA champion Tar Heels tip things off November 10 at home against Northern Iowa.

Conference play begins December 30 against Wake Forest at the Smith Center.

UNC has back-to-back games against rivals N.C. State and Duke. The Heels host Duke on February 8 and play the Pack two days later.

Duke hosts the annual "battle of the blues" regular-season finale on March 3.

The Blue Devils begin the season November 10 vs. Elon in Durham.

Eleven games later Duke opens ACC action at Boston College on December 9.

I'm already salivating!

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