North Carolina will host Florida State on Dec. 2 to open ACC play. A quick three-day turnaround will then take UNC to Madison Square Garden in New York, where the Tar Heels will face the defending national champions, the Connecticut Huskies, in the Jimmy V Classic.
Preseason No. 6 UConn will return with most of its offense from last year, with key players like sophomores Donovan Clingan and Alex Karaban looking to expand their roles.
An 11-day break will allow North Carolina to regroup ahead of this year's CBS Sports Classic in Atlanta, where UNC will face No. 16 Kentucky. The last meeting between the Tar Heels and Wildcats was in the 2021 CBS Sports Classic, with UNC losing 98-69, despite a 22-point double-double from then-junior Armando Bacot.
North Carolina will play its third consecutive neutral-court game on Dec. 20 in Charlotte, facing Oklahoma in the second annual Jumpman Invitational.
After a final nonconference game against Charleston Southern, the Tar Heels will dive into ACC play in early January with a three-game road stretch against Pittsburgh, Clemson and N.C. State. The rebuilding Wolfpack team will be looking for new pieces alongside center D.J. Burns after star guard Terquavion Smith left for the NBA.
On Jan. 13, UNC will return home to play Syracuse for the first time since the retirement of longtime head coach Jim Boeheim. After matchups against Louisville, Boston College, Wake Forest, FSU and Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels will compete in one of the most anticipated matchups of the season — a home game against preseason No. 2 Duke on Feb. 3. Since the Blue Devils got the better of the Tar Heels in both meetings last year, North Carolina will be looking to defeat Duke for the first time in the Jon Scheyer era.
After that rivalry matchup, UNC will face Clemson at home, travel to face No. 13 Miami and Syracuse, and then return back home to play Virginia Tech — all in the first half of February. The Tar Heels will then make the trek up to Charlottesville to take on Virginia on Feb. 24 — facing the team that ended the Tar Heels’ season last March, after North Carolina lost 68-59 in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
UNC will once again match up against Miami and N.C. State at home before facing Notre Dame on March 5, which will see graduate guard Cormac Ryan match up against his former team.
The final game of the regular season will feature none other than Duke on March 9. The following Tuesday will mark the start of the ACC Tournament which will be held in Washington, D.C.
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