What’s Clemson basketball’s schedule look like heading into next season?

It’s a special time at Littlejohn Coliseum for Clemson basketball, who head into their 2024-2025 season following the team’s first Elite Eight appearance since 1980.

With new faces, usual suspects and Brad Brownell back at the helm for his 15th season as head coach of the program, the Tigers are beginning to see their schedule come to form, most recently headlined by a SEC/ACC Challenge matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats at home. 

With most of the opponents set for the upcoming season, here is who Clemson will face, also with where they will face them. 

In-Conference Opponents

Brownell and his squad already know who they will be facing around the ACC next season, with the conference opponents being announced in late February. No opponent was given a date yet, but those will be announced come later on this year. 

The Tigers will face Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech twice each, with a home and away game being allotted to both teams. 

At home, they will face California, Wake Forest, Stanford, Syracuse and Notre Dame. In addition, they will host both Duke and North Carolina in Littlejohn Coliseum as well, with both of those teams expected to being in Top-10 quality. 

Away from home, Clemson will play Boston College, Miami, Louisville, NC State, Virginia, SMU and Pittsburgh. 

In all, that will mark 20 games in the ACC, which is typical. There were talks to change the amount of games to be played, which Brownell has spoke about in interviews before to change the weight of in-conference games, but the ACC will not change that going into next season. 

Non-Conference Opponents

With the announcement of Kentucky a week ago, it makes eight confirmed opponents that the team will play out of their conference. 

First are your in-state games as well as your rematches from last season, in which Clemson has made a two-year deal to play a home and away game against their respective opponent. 

Charleston Southern, Eastern Kentucky, and Florida A&M are the first three that have been confirmed. Those are all at home. The Tigers will also have their rematches with Boise State and Memphis, hosting the Tigers (of Memphis) while traveling west to face the Broncos. 

Kentucky marks the team’s ACC/SEC Challenge opponents, but Clemson will also travel to Columbia to face their in-state rival, South Carolina, in their annual rivalry game. 

Similar to last season with the Asheville Championship, the team will have another in-season tournament with the Sunshine Slam, where Clemson will meet Penn State, San Francisco and Fordham for a two-game tournament. That will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

With that, there are only nine confirmed opponents for the Tigers, which means that they still have space for one more game, if they choose to add one. 

Despite this, the team knows who they will end up playing going into next season, with many different chances throughout the season to build up Clemson’s resume for another memorable NCAA Tournament run. 

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