Yesterday afternoon, the ACC released its conference men’s basketball matchups for next season. While we don’t yet know all the dates and times, we now have a good idea of the Tar Heels’ schedule for 2017-18, and it’s somewhat daunting.
In conference, Carolina will play
Home/Road: Duke, NC State, Clemson, Notre Dame
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Pitt, Boston College
Road: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse
Out of conference, Carolina will host Northern Iowa, then travel to Stanford to take on Jerod Haase and the Cardinal on their way to the Phil Knight Invitational, where they will face Portland, then Arkansas or Oklahoma, then Connecticut, Georgetown, Michigan State or Oregon.
The next week, Carolina and Michigan tangle in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and then, Carolina and Davidson will meet in Charlotte.
The Tulane Green Wave come to Chapel Hill on December 3. The Tar Heels also will face Tennessee on the road and host Wofford over Christmas Break, then two days before the holiday, play Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans.
The schedule is a daunting one for the defending national champions.
Carolina has 10 conference games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, and four of their five road-only opponents were NCAA Tournament teams.
As far as out of conference foes who appeared in the NCAA Tournament, Carolina will definitely face Michigan, then potentially Arkansas and either Michigan State or Oregon.
It’s a gauntlet, and the Tar Heels will be tested early, and late, and often.
19-year NBA veteran Vince Carter joined the Sacramento Kings this off-season, and he’s ready to be a mentor to what should be a fun young group.
“It’s funny, as soon as I was announced, Justin [Jackson] texted me immediately and said, ‘Hey I’m ready to learn, let’s get to work,’” said VC when asked about the team’s trajectory. “I like being around young guys that are thirsty to learn and get better.”
Speaking of Tar Heels on new teams, Tyler Hansbrough has been signed by the Guangzhou Lions in China. All the Psycho T in China. What a world.
On to football, where Mark Carroll of FanRag Sports says the Tar Heels should embrace their low preseason ranking (they were chosen fifth in the Coastal Division). Carolina has generally outperformed preseason expectations under Larry Fedora, to the tune of about one place per season.
And Meet The Heels is set for August 5 at The Plaza at 140 West Franklin, where the program will unveil its new Jordan uniforms. So that should be interesting.
Carolina graduate and Friend of Argyle Katherine Fitzgerald now writes for USA Today Sports. She spoke to Simone Biles on her campaign to encourage kids to lead healthy lives.
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