CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina (1-0) and Holy Cross (1-1) will meet on the hardwood for the first time in nearly 57 years when the Crusaders visit the Smith Center for a matchup on Friday Nov. 15. The Tar Heels and Crusaders will tipoff just after 8 p.m.
The game is the first game of the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament for each team. Carolina will host Belmont on Sunday afternoon in another Hall of Fame Tipoff contest before it travels to Uncasville, Conn., next weekend for the semifinal and championship rounds of the event next Saturday and Sunday.
Friday's game against Holy Cross will be televised live nationally by ESPNU. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will have the call. The game also will be carried nationally on Sirius satellite radio channel 157.
The Tar Heels hope to win their second contest in a row to start this season, having beaten Oakland 84-61 last Friday night at home.
Holy Cross started its 2013-14 season with an 82-72 loss to Harvard on Sunday in Boston. Center Dave Dudzinski led all scorers in the game with 25 points.
On Wednesday night, the Crusaders hosted Sacred Heart and won in double overtime, 122-118. Dudzinski had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Cullen Hamilton scored 35 points.
A LOOK AHEAD ...
The matchup against Holy Cross is Carolina's opener in the Hall of Fame Tipoff. The Tar Heels also will host Belmont on Sunday afternoon in the event.
Next weekend, Carolina will head to Uncasville, Conn., to play two more games in the Hall of Fame Tipoff, starting with Richmond on Saturday Nov. 23. UNC will face either Louisville or Fairfield on Sunday Nov. 24 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville.
THE SERIES VS. HOLY CROSS ...
North Carolina and Holy Cross have met twice previously in men's basketball, with the series tied, 1-1.
Friday's game will be the first meeting between the Tar Heels and Crusaders in nearly 57 years (since Dec. 22, 1956).
Holy Cross won the first matchup between the schools, an 85-73 win on Dec. 29, 1952, in the Dixie Classic in Raleigh. Tom Scott was the Tar Heel head coach.
The Tar Heels evened the ledger against Holy Cross four years later with an 83-70 win in the Boston Garden under head coach Frank McGuire. That win came during the undefeated, NCAA championship season of 1956-57.
Roy Williams is 2-0 as a head coach vs. Holy Cross with both wins coming while he was at Kansas.
The most recent connection between Carolina and Holy Cross is former 7-foot-five-inch center Neil Fingleton, who was at UNC for two seasons (receiving a medical redshirt in 2000-01 and appearing in one game in 2001-02) before transferring to Holy Cross.
SMITH CENTER NEARING MILESTONES
Carolina has played 398 games in the Smith Center and will reach the 400-game plateau on Sunday against Belmont.
Carolina has a 339-59 record (.852) in the Smith Center.
The Tar Heels are nearing the eight million-fan mark in the Smith Center. UNC's all-time attendance in the arena is 7,971,190 since the building opened on Jan. 18, 1986, with a Carolina win over Duke.