UNC releases men's basketball schedule

September 10, 2012 11:39:44 AM PDT
The University of North Carolina men's basketball team opens regular-season play at home against Gardner-Webb on Friday, Nov. 9, one of 16 games to be played in the Smith Center.

In addition to the first-ever 18-game Atlantic Coast Conference slate, the Tar Heels will play 13 non-conference games. UNC will play host to Gardner-Webb, Florida Atlantic, UAB, East Tennessee State, East Carolina, McNeese State and UNLV.

Former UNC assistant coach Jerod Haase is the head coach at UAB and former Tar Heel captain Jeff Lebo is the head coach at East Carolina.

This season Carolina will play at least 12 games against teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Preseason events include the 10th annual "Late Night with Roy Williams" on Fri., Oct. 12, and an exhibition game against Shaw on Fri., Oct. 26.

The Tar Heels will play four games in the Maui Invitational, beginning with the home game against Florida Atlantic on Nov. 11. Carolina will then fly to California to play Long Beach State on Nov. 16, before embarking for Hawaii. UNC opens play in Maui on Nov. 19 against Mississippi State. Second round opponents are either Butler or Marquette and Chaminade, Illinois, Southern California and Texas are in the other bracket.

The Tar Heels return to Bloomington, Ind., to play the Hoosiers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27. This is UNC's first appearance at Indiana since the 2004-05 season.

ACC play opens Jan. 6 at Virginia with the ACC home opener set for Jan. 10th against Miami.

The ACC Tournament is March 14-17 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

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