Tar Heels Announce 2006-07 Schedule

CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina will play at least 24 nationally-televised games this season as the Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2006-07 men's basketball schedule today.


    The Tar Heels went 23-8 a year ago, finished second in the ACC and were a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

    Carolina plays on national television eight straight times from January 13 to February 7 and seven consecutive times from December 16 to January 7. In that stretch, 15 of UNC's 16 games will be nationally televised.

    UNC is slated to play at least 15 games on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, four times on Fox Sports Net, three times on CBS and twice on ABC. That does not include the ACC Tournament or postseason.

    Carolina opens the season with a pair of exhibition games against St. Augustine's College on November 1 and Pfeiffer University on November 11. The starting time for the Pfeiffer game will not be determined until a time is established for the UNC-Georgia Tech game football game, which will also be played that day at Kenan Stadium.

    Regular-season action for the Tar Heels gets underway on November 14 and 15 in the first two rounds of the NIT Tip-Off (previously known as the Preseason NIT). Carolina plays Sacred Heart on the 14th at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

    Iona and Winthrop also are paired on the 14th. The winners and losers play each on the 15th, also in Charlotte. The team that wins two games in Charlotte advances to New York's Madison Square Garden for games on November 22 and 24.

    UNC opens regular-season home action on November 19 against Gardner-Webb. That is one of 17 regular-season home contests scheduled for the Dean E. Smith Center. Non-conference home opponents include Gardner-Webb, Ohio State (in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge), Kentucky, High Point, UNC Asheville, Florida Atlantic, Rutgers, Dayton and Penn. ACC opponents slated to play in Chapel Hill are Florida State, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, NC State and Duke.

    Florida Atlantic is coached by Rex Walters, who played for UNC head coach Roy Williams at Kansas.

    Carolina plays two non-conference road games in addition to the NIT Tip-Off with games on December 22 at Saint Louis and January 27 at Arizona. The Arizona game will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Mountain Time in Tucson).

    The Tar Heels, 7-1 in conference road games last year, play at Virginia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest, NC State, Duke, Boston College, Maryland and Georgia Tech.

    The Tar Heels will play at least 10 games against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament (either Iona or Winthrop, Ohio State, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arizona, NC State twice, Duke twice and Boston College).

    Late Night with Roy Williams, the annual kickoff to preseason practice open to fans, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

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