CHAPEL HILL—The University of North Carolina men’s basketball team opens the 2015-16 regular season on November 13th against Temple in the Veterans Classic at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Wednesday the schedules for all 15 teams, including the Tar Heels, who are slated to play 13 games against schools that played in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. That includes seven conference games against five different opponents and six non-conference games.
"Last year our scheduled was ranked No. 1 in the country by the Sagarin ratings and No. 2 by the (NCAA) Tournament committee," UNC head coach Roy Williams said in a video released by the school. "I think this year's schedule is even tougher than last year's was, but I do think it gets you ready for conference play because it gives you a true picture of what your club is like.
"We've got a chance to be a very good team if I don't screw it up."
The six non-ACC games against teams in the 2015 NCAA Tournament include three home games against Wofford, Davidson and Maryland, road games at Northern Iowa and Texas and a neutral site contest vs. UCLA.
Head coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels play host to Maryland on December 1st in the 17th ACC-Big Ten Challenge. It will be the 180th time the schools have played, but the first since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten Conference.
The Tar Heels and Terrapins last played on Feb. 4, 2014, a 75-63 Carolina victory in the Smith Center. Last season was the first in which the teams did not play one another since the 1953-54 season.
The season opener against Temple is UNC’s first game against the Owls since the 1991 NCAA East Regional final at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The Tar Heels won, 75-72, behind 19 points from both Rick Fox and current UNC assistant coach Hubert Davis. The teams have split six previous games.
Carolina plays UCLA in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on December 19th in the second year of the CBS Sports Classic. This is UNC’s first appearance in the Barclays Center.
Last year, UNC defeated Ohio State in Chicago in the first year of the CBS Sports Classic. The Buckeyes play Kentucky in the second game of this year’s doubleheader. Next season, UNC plays the Wildcats in Las Vegas in the third year of the event.
The Tar Heels and Bruins are meeting for the second consecutive year and the 11th time overall. Carolina leads the series, 7-3, with wins in six of the last seven games. UNC beat UCLA, 78-56, last year in the Bahamas.
In addition to games against Temple and UCLA, the Tar Heels also play a pair of neutral site games at the Sprint Center in Kansas City in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. UNC plays Northwestern on November 23rd and either Kansas State or Missouri on November 24th. Carolina is 3-1 against Northwestern, but the teams have not met since November 29, 1978, in Chicago.
UNC split a pair of games in the Sprint Center three years ago, beating Villanova and losing to Kansas in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Former Tar Heel All-America Charles Scott will be inducted in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on November 20th. Scott will be the 10th Tar Heel inducted in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Ben Carnevale, Frank McGuire, Dean Smith, Billy Cunningham, Robert McAdoo, Larry Brown, James Worthy, Roy Williams and Phil Ford.
Carolina plays the first of 16 regular-season games at the Smith Center on November 15th against Fairfield and November 18th against Wofford. Both games are also part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. This is the first meeting between UNC and Fairfield since the opening round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament when the top-seeded Tar Heels overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to win, 82-74, in Winston-Salem. The victory was No. 876 for Coach Smith, which tied Adolph Rupp for the most all-time wins.
The Tar Heels open ACC play on December 30th at home against Clemson. UNC also has ACC home games against Georgia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Duke, Miami and Syracuse. UNC travels to Florida State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame, Boston College, NC State, Virginia and Duke.
Carolina plays Boston College, Duke, NC State and Syracuse twice and the other 10 ACC opponents one time.
The 63rd annual ACC Tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on March 8-12. The 2016 championship game will be played at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 12th. This is the first time the ACC Tournament is being played in the nation’s capitol since 2005.