The Tar Heels will play at least 10 games in 2005-06 against teams that earned bids to the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including matchups against ACC foes Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State and Wake Forest and non-conference opponents Arizona, Kentucky and Illinois. Boston College will be joining the ACC as the conference's 12th team this season.
In Atlantic Coast Conference play, Carolina will play Virginia, Maryland, Duke, NC State and Miami twice each in home-and-home series. UNC will play Boston College (home), Clemson (home), Florida State (away), Georgia Tech (home), Virginia Tech (away) and Wake Forest (away) once apiece.
One highlight of the schedule will be a rematch with Illinois in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 29 in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels defeated the Fighting Illini, 75-70, in the 2005 NCAA championship game in St. Louis. The two teams have split two previous meetings in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, with Carolina winning in Greensboro, N.C., in 2003-04 and Illinois winning in Champaign, Ill., in 2002-03.
Carolina also will play an early-season, non-conference game at Kentucky on Dec. 3. The Tar Heels defeated the Wildcats last year in Chapel Hill but lost in Lexington, Ky., in 2001-02 and 2003-04.
At least 25 of 27 Carolina games will be televised in 2005-06, including all 16 conference games. The Tar Heels will play at least 17 games on national television, not including ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament contests. Carolina will have 10 games nationally televised by ESPN/ESPN2, four by Fox Sports Net, two by CBS and one by ABC.
UNC will play Fayetteville State and Catawba in exhibition games in the Smith Center on Nov. 4 and 12, respectively. There will be no Blue-White game this season. "Late Night with Roy Williams and the Tar Heels," the squad's opening practice, will be held on Friday, Oct. 14.