As North Carolina's winter athletic season continues and postseason competitions begin, spring teams are looking to make a statement in the opening weeks of their seasons. Take a look at what's on the slate this weekend for UNC athletics.
Coming off a tough loss against No. 4 Virginia, the No. 8 men’s basketball team plays at Wake Forest at noon on Saturday. After exiting with an ankle injury early on against the Cavaliers on Monday, Nassir Little will likely join fellow first-year Leaky Black on the injury list against the Demon Deacons. The Tar Heels will look to go to 10-2 in conference in Winston Salem before a big rivalry game against No. 2 Duke next week.
The women’s basketball team beat Clemson last Sunday, 70-64. The Tar Heels continue conference play into the weekend, facing off against Virginia on Sunday. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. in Carmichael Arena.
JV men’s basketball closes out a busy hoops weekend, hosting First Love Christian Academy at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The team is coming off a 95-61 home win on Monday against Fayetteville Tech.
After advancing to the College World Series last year, the UNC baseball team kicks off its season against Xavier at 3 p.m. on Friday. North Carolina continues the series into Saturday, playing at 2 p.m. and again Sunday at 1 p.m. The Tar Heels return 19 players from the 2018 season who lettered and 13 who played in the College World Series.
The Tar Heels host the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this weekend, starting off against No. 17 Michigan on Friday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Then, they’ll face Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. and face the school again on Saturday at 3 p.m. The team finished 2-2 in its season-opening tournament last weekend, highlighted by a shutout win against No. 9 South Carolina.