Chris Mack will lead the Louisville men's basketball team in a 27-game schedule that was released Tuesday. (Louisville Athletics photo)

However, it's not quite complete because U of L has seven midweek games whose dates still need to be finalized. They will be played either on Wednesday or Thursday. Game times and TV information are also yet to be determined.

But here's what we know about the overall schedule:

As expected, U of L's meeting with Kentucky in the KFC Yum! Center will be on Dec. 26, the Cards' final non-conference foe on its 27-game schedule, reduced by four games this season by the NCAA because of the virus.

The ACC schedule features six opponents that Louisville will play twice: Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Pittsburgh. The Blue Devils and Cavaliers are expected to be the two strongest teams in the league.

U of L will open its ACC slate on Dec. 16 against North Carolina State in the KFC Yum! Center, but will play four of its first seven games on the road before playing five of seven at home in January, including three in a row late in the month.

The Cards will open the season on Nov. 25 against Southern Illinois in the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic. Their other four games in the tournament are Nov. 27 against Seton Hall, Nov. 29 against Prairie View A&M, Dec. 1 against Western Kentucky and Dec. 4 vs. UNC Greensboro.

Louisville's only game between the UNC Greensboro and N.C. State games will be at Wisconsin on Dec. 9 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

"Although it's been a long time coming, we sure look forward to a competitive schedule as usual," U of L coach Chris Mack said in a statement. "I give a lot of credit to (assistant coach) Dino Gaudio, who worked the phones like an operator putting together our non-conference schedule. The ACC schedule is always a challenge no matter how they put the games together. We're looking forward to November 25th!"

Besides N.C. State and the home-and-home series against the six ACC opponents, U of L's other three home games will be against Georgia Tech, Florida State and Notre Dame. Its four road games, other than the six, will be at Wake Forest, Miami, North Carolina and Clemson.

ACC Commissioner John Swafford said that constructing the basketball schedule was far more difficult than compiling the football schedule due to the much larger number of games, among other factors.

"To be honest with you, it was a challenge," Swafford said. "Even more of a challenge than football, for instance, because of the sequencing of the games, the officials traveling all around the country and officiating as many games as they officiate.

"We coordinate with our television partners and they have various conferences to work with. So we all work together to try and put that to bed. A lot of conversations about the testing and protocols that will come into play. And because you're sometimes playing three games a week, as opposed to one in football, it's a different sequencing there, both for the players and the officials."

Swafford said the ACC worked with its Medical Advisory Group and public health officials to uphold the necessary measures to compete "in a safe and responsible manner." Unlike football, a COVID-19 outbreak among just a few players could impact games.

"You only have 12 to 15 players," Swofford said. "If you have a virus outbreak, it can be really problematic for a while in terms of the testing and the tracing. We're trying to deal with that, where we continue to be really cooperative with the local communities and regulations from attendance to contact tracing and so forth."

Attendance in the KFC Yum! Center for each game will be limited to 3,000 fans. A U of L spokesman said season ticket holders will receive communication via email about their seat selection time in the coming days.

Louisville 2020-2021 schedule

Nov. 25 Southern Illinois

Nov. 27 Seton Hall

Nov. 29 Prairie View A&M

Dec. 1 Western Kentucky

Dec. 4 UNC Greensboro

Dec. 9 at Wisconsin

Dec. 16 N.C. State

Dec. 22 at Pittsburgh

Dec. 26 Kentucky

Jan. 2 at Boston College

Jan. 5/6 Virginia Tech

Jan. 9 Georgia Tech

Jan. 12/13 at Wake Forest

Jan. 16 at Miami

Jan. 18 Florida State

Jan. 23 Duke

Jan. 30 Boston College

Feb. 2/3 Syracuse

Feb. 6 at Virginia

Feb. 9/10 Pittsburgh

Feb. 13 at Virginia Tech

Feb. 16/17 Syracuse

Feb. 20 at North Carolina

Feb. 23/24 Notre Dame

Feb. 27 at Duke

March 2 at Clemson

March 6 Virginia

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