The North Carolina Tar Heels have finished their “secret” scrimmage against Villanova and exhibition versus Winston-Salem State. Now, it is on to the real deal.
The introduction of the 20-game ACC schedule begins this season. As he mentioned in the ACC Media Days, head coach Roy Williams is not thrilled with the idea. However, he and the Heels will take what the conference gives them.
With the 2019-20 season opening up next Wednesday, take a look at the full slate of games below:
2019-20 UNC Basketball Schedule
|Wednesday, November 6||Notre Dame||Chapel Hill, NC||7:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Friday, November 8||UNCW||Wilmington, NC||7:00 PM||Flosports|
|Friday, November 15||Gardner-Webb||Chapel Hill, NC||9:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Wednesday, November 20||Elon||Chapel Hill, NC||8:30 PM||RSN|
|Wednesday, November 27||Alabama - Battle 4 Atlantis||Paradise Island, Bahamas||2:30 PM||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Thursday, November 28||Iowa State or Michigan - Battle 4 Atlantis||Paradise Island, Bahamas||1:30 PM or 6:30 PM||TBA|
|Friday, November 29||TBA||Paradise Island, Bahamas||TBA||TBA|
|Wednesday, December 4||Ohio State - ACC/Big Ten Challenge||Chapel Hill, NC||9:30 PM||ESPN|
|Saturday December 7 or Sunday, December 8||Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||TBA||ACC Network|
|Sunday, December 15||Wofford - Carmichael Arena||Chapel Hill, NC||4:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Wednesday, December 18||Gonzaga||Spokane, WA||9:00 PM||ESPN2|
|Saturday, December 21||UCLA - CBS Sports Classic||Las Vegas, NV||3:00 PM||CBS|
|Monday, December 30||Yale||Chapel Hill, NC||7:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Saturday, January 4||Georgia Tech||Chapel Hill, NC||6:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Wednesday, January 8||Pitt||Chapel Hill, NC||7:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Saturday, January 11||Clemson||Chapel Hill, NC||4:30 PM||RSN|
|Saturday, January 18||Pitt||Pittsburgh, PA||12:00 PM||ESPN Network|
|Wednesday, January 22||Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, VA||8:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Saturday, January 25||Miami||Chapel Hill, NC||12:00 PM||ESPN Network|
|Monday, January 27||NC State||Raleigh, NC||7:00 PM||ESPN|
|Saturday, February 1||Boston College||Chapel Hill, NC||6 or 8:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Monday, February 3||Florida State||Tallahassee, FL||7:00 PM||ESPN|
|Saturday, February 8||Duke||Chapel Hill, NC||6:00 PM||ESPN|
|Tuesday, February 11||Wake Forest||Winston-Salem, NC||8:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Saturday, February 15||Virginia||Chapel Hill, NC||6 or 8:00 PM||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Monday, February 17||Notre Dame||Notre Dame, IN||7:00 PM||ESPN|
|Saturday, February 22||Louisville||Louisville, KY||6 or 8:00 PM||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Tuesday, February 25||NC State||Chapel Hill, NC||9:00 PM||ESPN Network|
|Saturday, February 29||Syracuse||Syracuse, NY||4, 6, or 8:00 PM||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Tuesday, March 3||Wake Forest||Chapel Hill, NC||7:00 PM||ESPN Network|
|Saturday, March 7||Duke||Durham, NC||6:00 PM||ESPN|
|Tuesday, March 10 to Saturday, March 14||ACC Tournament||Greensboro, NC||TBA||TBA|
|Tuesday, March 17 to Monday, April 4||NCAA Tournament||Various||TBA||CBS Sports�and�Turner Sports|
Preseason Top 25
With Carolina at No. 9, there are three other ACC teams ranked in the preseason AP Top 25: No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Louisville, and No. 11 Virginia.
UNC plays Duke and Virginia twice while facing Louisville just once in Kentucky.
The Tar Heels have two more ranked teams on their schedule with No. 18 Ohio State and No. 8 Gonzaga. In December, the Heels host the Buckeyes in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and travel to Spokane to wrap up their home-and-home series with Gonzaga.
Non Conference Opponents
Most notably, Carolina will participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Click the image below to view the bracket.
Carolina plays Alabama first, then either Iowa State or Michigan. On the other side of the bracket in the tournament, teams include Gonzaga, Southern Miss, Seton Hall, and Oregon. Yes, UNC and Gonzaga could play twice in the regular season.
Winter Commencement at UNC will be December 15, at 2:00 PM at the Dean E. Smith Center. UNC hosts Wofford at 4:00 PM. Will there be an expedited ceremony this year?
No, commencement exercises will continue as planned. Therefore, the Heels will play the Terriers in Carmichael
Auditorium Arena in the first game for the men’s basketball team in the old barn since the 2010 NIT.
Another highlight of the non conference schedule is UNC’s participation in the CBS Sports Classic again this season. This year, Carolina plays UCLA in Las Vegas.
ACC Regular Season
Carolina hosts Notre Dame for the season opener on November 6. You read that correctly. With the expanded schedule, two games were added before the 18-game stretch. The other game will be in Charlottesville against Virginia, but the date and time have not been announced.
UNC will face six ACC opponents in home-and-homes: Duke, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
The rest of the league opponents will be one-time matchups, four at home and four on the road.
The Tar Heels face Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Miami in Chapel Hill. UNC will travel to Florida State, Louisville, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech.
Carolina opens will three straight home games in conference play. These teams, Pitt, Clemson, and Georgia Tech, were ranked 10, 11, and 12 in the league preseason poll. Needless to say, UNC can, and should, have a hot start to the traditional league calendar.
They should give it all they have in that game against Clemson on January 11 because they will face a week break before traveling to Pitt on the next Saturday.
Based on preseason team projections, Carolina’s schedule gets tougher as the season progresses. After traveling to Florida State on February 3 and hosting Duke on February 8, UNC will have three of four on the road against Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and Louisville. The home game in that stretch will be versus Virginia.
The last game of the regular season will be in Durham on a Saturday night. The next Tuesday, the ACC Tournament returns to the Greensboro Coliseum.
What game are you most looking forward to? What will be the toughest test for the Heels? Let us know in the comments below.