With the men's basketball season right around the corner, North Carolina's schedule was released on Tuesday afternoon, giving fans a glimpse at what’s to come this season.
Just months removed from reaching the national championship game, the Tar Heels will officially tip off the new campaign on Oct. 28 when they take on Johnson C. Smith in an exhibition matchup.
Here’s a look at a few takeaways from the new schedule:
Elite non-conference exposure
Before last season’s March breakthrough, the Tar Heels struggled to defeat quality opponents, evident in losses to Purdue and Tennessee in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off and a 29-point drubbing to Kentucky in Las Vegas. This year, the team will have plenty of early opportunities to see how it stacks up against the nation’s best programs.
Following four particularly light home games to open the year, UNC will head to Portland, Ore. to partake in the Phil Knight Invitational, which features Villanova, Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan State and Iowa State – five teams that made the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Just three days later, the Tar Heels will face Indiana, another tournament team, on the road in a raucous Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
After opening ACC play with a road game at Virginia Tech and hosting Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels will play The Citadel at home before traveling once again to face two other imposing non-conference foes – Ohio State and Michigan.
Head coach Hubert Davis said at last year’s ACC Basketball Tipoff that he wanted his team to play a game at Madison Square Garden. When the Tar Heels take on the Buckeyes in the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 17, he’ll get his wish.
The team will then go to Charlotte to face Michigan in the inaugural Jumpman Invitational in a rematch of UNC’s 72-51 win in Chapel Hill last December.