CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina men’s basketball team will play eight of its final 10 regular-season games against teams that played in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including a pair of games against Duke, Pittsburgh and Virginia and games against Miami and Notre Dame.
The other two games in that final 10-game stretch are at NC State and home against Louisville, which won 23 games last year and finished fourth in the ACC standings.
Carolina plays at least 14 of its 32 scheduled games against NCAA qualifiers from a year ago, and could face two more such teams in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
The Tar Heels’ non-conference schedule includes the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Indiana on Nov. 30, the CBS Sports Classic vs. Kentucky in Las Vegas on Dec. 17, home games against Chattanooga, Radford, Davidson, Tennessee, Northern Iowa and Monmouth, and road games at Tulane and Hawaii.
Carolina opens regular-season action in New Orleans on November 11against Tulane, then plays host to Chattanooga in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at the Smith Center on Nov. 13. Following a home game vs. Long Beach State (Nov. 15), the Tar Heels will depart for Hawaii where they play in Honolulu at the University of Hawaii (Nov. 18).
Maui host-school Chaminade is Carolina’s opponent in the first round of the Maui Jim Invitational in Lahaina, Maui, on November 21. Carolina will play either Connecticut or Oklahoma State on day two in Maui with Georgetown, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin on the other side of the bracket.
Carolina has won the Maui tournament three times, twice under head coach Roy Williams. UNC won the Maui title in 1999-2000, 2004-05 and 2008-09. Williams also won the title once with Kansas.
UNC returns to Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., to play the Hoosiers on the road for the third time in the 18-year history of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Tar Heels beat Indiana in 2004-05 and lost to IU in 2012-13. Carolina is 9-8 overall, 1-2 vs. Indiana, 9-4 under Williams and 3-4 on the road in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Smith Center contests vs. Radford (Dec. 4), Davidson (Dec. 7) and Tennessee (Dec. 11) begin play in December before UNC meets Kentucky in Las Vegas in the third year of the CBS Sports Classic. Carolina is 2-0 in the CBS Sports Classic with wins in the previous two seasons over Ohio State in Chicago and UCLA in Brooklyn.
Non-conference play concludes with home games against Northern Iowa (Dec. 21) and Monmouth (Dec. 28). UNI handed the Tar Heels one of their seven losses last year, 71-67 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Monmouth, coached by former Tar Heel captain King Rice, won 28 games last season.
The final day of 2016 marks the opening of Atlantic Coast Conference play as the Tar Heels travel to Atlanta for a Noon or 2 p.m. start on New Year’s Eve afternoon against Georgia Tech.
The first two ACC games are on the road (Georgia Tech and Clemson) for the first time since 1997-98. Last year, UNC opened conference play with consecutive home games against Clemson and Georgia Tech.
Carolina plays home-and-home series in ACC play against Duke, NC State, Pittsburgh and Virginia.
The Tar Heels play twice on ESPN’s Big Monday – a home game against Syracuse (Jan. 16) and in Charlottesville against the Cavaliers (Feb. 27).
Carolina’s final 10 regular-season games are at Miami (Jan. 28), vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 31), vs. Notre Dame (Feb. 4), at Duke (Feb. 9), at NC State (Feb. 15), vs. Virginia (Feb. 18), vs. Louisville (Feb. 22), at Pittsburgh (Feb. 25), at Virginia (Feb. 27) and vs. Duke (March 4).
The 2017 ACC Tournament will be played March 7-11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Tar Heels won their 18th ACC Tournament title last year and played in the championship game for a record 34th time.
UNC and Duke resume their rivalry on Thursday, February 9, at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8 p.m. The teams meet in the ACC regular-season finale at the Smith Center on Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m.
Carolina plays UNC Pembroke in an exhibition game at the Smith Center on Friday, November 4. That is one of 17 home games on the 2016-17 schedule.
The Tar Heel Ticket Package is now on sale. The package includes tickets for all home games in 2016-17 except the Duke game. That includes eight games against ACC opponents, seven non-conference games and one pre-season game.
Seating for the Tar Heel Ticket Package is in the upper level of the Smith Center and will be assigned in mid-September. Rams Club members receive priority for seating. Once those seats are assigned, the remainder of tickets in the Tar Heel Package are assigned in the order in which they were received.
Tickets in the package are $670 per seat. Fans may purchase the tickets at GoHeels.com/tickets, by clicking here, by calling (919) 962-2296, or in person at the UNC Athletic Ticket Office located at the front of the Ernie Williamson Athletic Center at 450 Skipper Bowles Drive in Chapel Hill.
Purchasers of the first 1,000 Tar Heel Ticket Packages will receive a Roy Williams bobble head. The bobble heads must be picked up in person at a home game. Details on distribution will be announced at a later date.
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