Non-conference games against defending NCAA champion Connecticut, Indiana and Kentucky, a regular-season opening game in California and an early-season tournament in Hawaii against a strong field highlight the 2004-05 University of North Carolina men's basketball schedule, released today by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Tar Heels begin their second year under head coach Roy Williams against Santa Clara on Friday, Nov. 19. The game will begin at 9 p.m. Eastern Time in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif. This is Carolina's second appearance in the Pete Newell Challenge. The Tar Heels played California on Dec. 29, 1998. (Tickets will be available through the UNC Athletic Ticket Office for the Newell Challenge. Stanford plays San Francisco in the second game of the doubleheader.)
Following the Santa Clara game, the Tar Heels travel to Hawaii to compete during Thanksgiving week in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. UNC opens tournament play on Monday, Nov. 22, against BYU. Host Chaminade, Iowa, Louisville, Stanford, Tennessee and Texas are also in the event, which spans three days.
Carolina returns home for the Smith Center opener against Southern California on Sunday, Nov. 28.
The next three games are against former NCAA champions Indiana, Kentucky and Loyola, (Ill.). Carolina travels to Bloomington, Ind., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, to play the Hoosiers in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge. This is Carolina's first trip to Assembly Hall since Dec. 22, 1979.
Kentucky comes to Chapel Hill for the third time in five years for a Noon matchup on Saturday, Dec. 4. This is the fifth game in a six-game series between the two winningest programs in college basketball history.
The Tar Heels begin ACC action on Sunday, Dec. 19, at Virginia Tech. The Hokies will be making their ACC debut in that contest. Carolina leads the series, 53-10, and will be playing in Blacksburg, Va., for the first time since Feb. 17, 1975.
Following the ACC opener at Virginia Tech, the Tar Heels play six consecutive home games between December 21 and January 12. Capping that stretch of games are ACC contests against Maryland (Jan. 8) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 12).
The Tar Heels play Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Miami one time apiece and Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, NC State and Virginia two times each. The Demon Deacons will not play against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill for the first time since the 1943-44 season. This will be the first time Carolina does not play at Georgia Tech since 1978-79.
The Tar Heels play defending NCAA champion Connecticut on Sunday, Feb. 13. The game will be played either on campus in Storrs or in Hartford, Conn., pending release of the Big East schedule.
The ACC Tournament is March 10-13 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The top five teams in the regular-season standings receive a bye. Seeds six through 11 play on Thursday, March 10. The championship is slated for 1 p.m. on March 13.
Carolina is scheduled to be televised nationally by ABC (2), CBS (3), ESPN/ESPN2 (11) and Fox Net (5) in at least 21 games, not including the postseason.
The Tar Heels will play exhibition games in November against Winston-Salem State University (Nov. 5) and Mount Olive College (Nov. 12). "Late Night with Roy Williams and the Tar Heels," the team's opening night practice is scheduled for Friday night, October 15, at the Smith Center. There is no Blue-White Game scheduled this season.