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2010-11 Basketball Schedule Released

Apparently this was pushed back a week because of...LeBron James? ESPN and company took longer than expected to finalize their NBA television schedules since they had to wait for the free agency circus to settle down. As a result, it took about a week longer to get the college basketball schedule clarified. You can view the full schedule on Tar Heel Blue.

By way of analysis the schedule is less arduous than last season, especially on the non-conference side. UNC will play three games in Puerto Rico on Nov. 18th, 19th and 21st. The Heels open with Hofstra then get either Western Kentucky or Minnesota. After that it could be anyone from a group of Davidson, WVU, Nebraska or Vanderbilt with the good money being on WVU or Vandy should UNC advance to the title game. After Puerto Rico, the toughest stretch of the non-conference schedule comes with UNC traveling to Illinois for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge followed by a home date with Kentucky. Two weeks later UNC will also host Texas on December 18th in Greensboro with a pair of games sandwiched in between. Overall UNC will play away from Chapel Hill for half of the out of league slate though one of those is Greensboro. Four other games are neutral court affairs and two are true road games, Illinois and Evansville. The trip to Evansville is the Tyler Zeller homecoming game.

On the ACC side of things, UNC only gets Virginia Tech once and that is in Chapel Hill. VT could be picked as high as 2nd in the ACC. The Heels last ten games has two dates each with FSU, Duke and BC. Considering how depleted BC is, those two games should not be an issue, the four vs Duke/FSU are a different story. UNC also travels to Clemson and NC State in February. The road games with Clemson comes immediately following the trip to Durham and marks the only time UNC plays on the road in back-to-back games.

Other tidbits: UNC will attempt to extend The Streak vs Clemson on January 18th in Chapel Hill. John Henson will be looking to ruin someone's college career on November 28th when UNC hosts College of Charleston. Oh and UNC plays Georgia Tech Atlanta.

I hate it when they play in Atlanta.