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ACC Basketball Schedules Released: UNC Is in for a Tough, Televised Ride

Streeter Lecka

The ACC chose to divert everyone's attention from the impending start of football today by announcing the conference basketball schedules today. UNC's full slate is below, or in PDF form here.

Date Opponent Time TV
Fri. 11/1 UNC Pembroke (exhibition) Internet
Fri. 11/8 Oakland
Fri. 11/15 Holy Cross (HoF Tipoff) ESPNU
Sun. 11/17 Belmont (HoF Tipoff) 4 pm ESPNU
Sat. 11/23 vs. Richmond Noon ESPN3
Sun. 11/24 vs. Fairfield or Louisville
Sun. 12/1 at UAB
Wed. 12/4 at Michigan State 9 pm ESPN
Sat. 12/7 UNC Greensboro 7pm ESPNU
Sat. 12/14 Kentucky 5:15 pm ESPN
Wed. 12/18 Texas 7 pm ESPN2
Sat. 12/21 Davidson 5 pm ESPNU
Fri. 12/27 Northern Kentucky 7 pm ESPNU
Tue. 12/31 UNC Wilmington ESPNU
Sun. 1/5 at Wake Forest 8 pm ESPNU
Wed. 1/8 Miami 9 pm ESPN2
Sat. 1/11 at Syracuse Noon ESPN
Sat. 1/18 Boston College Noon ESPN/ESPN2
Mon. 1/20 at Virginia 7 pm ESPN
Sun. 1/26 Clemson 6 pm ESPNU
Wed. 1/29 at Georgia Tech 7 pm ESPN2
Sat. 2/1 N.C. State 2 pm ESPN/ESPN2
Tue. 2/4 Maryland 8 pm ACCN
Sat. 2/8 at Notre Dame Noon ACCN
Wed. 2/12 Duke 9 pm ESPN/ACCN
Sat. 2/15 Pittsburgh 1 pm CBS
Mon. 2/17 at Florida State 7 pm ESPN
Sat. 2/22 Wake Forest Noon ACCN
Wed. 2/26 at N.C. State 8 pm ACCN
Sat. 3/1 at Virginia Tech 2:30 pm ACCN
Mon. 3/3 Notre Dame 7 pm ESPN
Sat. 3/8 at Duke 9 pm ESPN

We already knew the non conference slate was going to be brutal, with games against Kentucky and Michigan State plus a possible meeting with Louisville all before the middle of December. So it's good to see the conference slate isn't too demanding. UNC catches their only meeting with Syracuse in the Carrier Dome while the university is on winter break, which is the best we could hope for there. The Heels also have only two Saturday-Monday games; one of the Monday matches is on the road against Virginia, where at least the team ail have time to rest during the Cavaliers glacial-paced offense. The other comes against Florida State, who are still rebuilding after winning the conference title two seasons ago.

Tar Heel fans won't have to search the dial for many games, as only two conference meetings are broadcast on the often hidden ESPNU — games against Wake and Clemson. They're joined by the early Hall of Fame Tipoff matchups in Chapel Hill, and the stretch of winter break games in the Dean Dome where Carolina plays some sacrificial lambs. Everything else is headed to ESPN 1 and 2, CBS, or your local affiliate.

Oh, and here's an interesting fact courtesy of Adam Lucas: UNC hasn't beaten Wake Forest in an ACC opener since 1968. Look for that to change as Jeff Bzdelik is still at the helm in Winston-Salem. Heck, UNC fans might even outnumber Demon Deacons in the crowd.