Irish announce full season schedule for 2017-18
Observer Sports Staff | Friday, September 8, 2017
On Thursday, the Irish announced their full 2017-2018 schedule, which is highlighted by a trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational in November, an ACC/Big Ten Challenge showdown on the road with Michigan State and conference home clashes with North Carolina and Louisville.
Notre Dame opens the season with several big tests, as the Irish will help christen DePaul’s new arena in Chicago on Nov. 11, before traveling to Hawaii for the nationally-televised Maui Invitational. Irish head coach Mike Brey’s squad will face the hosts Chaminade in the opening round, with the winner of Michigan-LSU waiting in the second round. If the Irish win their bracket, they would face a potential matchup against Wichita State in the final game.
The Irish then face Michigan State on the road in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. This will mark the 96th time the Spartans have faced Notre Dame, but only the second meeting since 1979.
Notre Dame’s final road test to close out the beginning of the season is the annual trip to Indianapolis for the Crossroads Classic, where the Irish will face Indiana.
On Dec. 30, Notre Dame opens its conference schedule with a home matchup against Georgia Tech. The Irish play eight ACC games in both January and February, before closing out the regular season with a trip to Virginia on March 3.
Notable games in January include a Jan. 6 road bout with Syracuse, where the Irish have not won since 2007, back-to-back home games against defending national champions North Carolina and Louisville on Jan. 13 and Jan. 16 and a road battle with Duke, who beat the Irish in the ACC championship last season, on Jan. 29.
In February, Notre Dame welcomes Florida State to Purcell Pavilion on Feb. 10 before playing the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Two days later, a Feb. 19 battle with Miami at home and Senior Night Feb. 18 against Pittsburgh round out the February slate.
The ACC tournament is scheduled for March 6-10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with the NCAA tournament beginning March 14.