A capsule look at this weekend's key Tar Heel sporting events:
Marquee Matchup: Spring football game (Saturday, 3 p.m.)
It's your last chance to get a Kenan Stadium fix until the 2014 season opener, which is over four months away. Spring games have transformed from a nice little intrasquad scrimmage into a true extra home game. This year's event features numerous gameday activities to provide that Kenan-in-the-fall flavor, and it looks like it will be accompanied by a terrific weather forecast.
Three things you should know:
1. Keep an eye on the quarterback battle between Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky.
2. Everyone knows the Tar Heel offense should be prolific in 2014. But keep an eye on what defensive playmakers have emerged during the spring.
3. For those who can't be in Chapel Hill in person, Jones Angell will have the call on the ESPN3 broadcast of the game.
Baseball: Three-game series vs. Wake Forest (Friday at 7, Saturday at 6, Sunday at 1)
This has quietly become a big series on Carolina's remaining calendar. The Deacons already stand 10-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Carolina needs to start climbing the standings before a loaded end-of-season schedule. Don't forget that fireworks are included after Saturday's game in what should be a packed Boshamer Stadium following the spring football game.
Men's and women's lacrosse: Road doubleheader at Syracuse (No. 1 women at No. 3 Syracuse 3 p.m. Saturday, No. 4 men at No. 7 Syracuse 6 p.m. Saturday)
Women: Syracuse is tied for second in the ACC and has four wins over national top-10 teams.
Men: The Tar Heels haven't been to the Carrier Dome in 20 years. If Carolina beats the Orange, they clinch a spot in the four-team ACC Tournament. The match will be shown on ESPNU.
Also in Chapel Hill this weekend: Men's tennis hosts Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. today. Track kicks off the Joe Hilton Invitational tomorrow at 10 a.m. There are a pair of tennis matches on Sunday--the men against Clemson at 11 a.m. and the women against Maryland at 2 p.m.
On the road this weekend: Softball visits Georgia Tech for a three-game set starting Saturday. Rowing is at the Knecht Cup in New Jersey.