North Carolina releases loaded non-conference schedule

The North Carolina Tar Heels fell inches short of winning their sixth national championship earlier this year as the Villanova Wildcats’ Kris Jenkins nailed a last-second three pointer to win the title game.

The Tar Heels look to rebound this year, but it won’t be easy as their non-conference schedule seems to be pretty tough.

North Carolina released their non-conference schedule on Thursday afternoon and it seems fitting of a team that will be in the top ten to start the year. It also seems pretty tough for a team that lost a number of their best players to graduation and the NBA this year.

Roy Williams’s club opens up the season with an exhibition game against Division II UNC Pembroke, but the regular season starts on the road. They will face off against Tulane in New Orleans with a true road game on Nov. 11.

Their non-conference slate also features matchups with five teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year, including road games against Hawaii and Indiana, as part of the the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in late November.

They also have a matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats in Las Vegas as a part of the CBS Sports Classic on December 30.

Here is the full schedule the Tar Heels must face before beginning ACC play in January.

Nov. 4 vs. UNC Pembroke (exhibition)
Nov. 11 at Tulane (New Orleans, La.)
Nov. 13 vs. Chattanooga (Chapel Hill)
Nov. 15 vs. Long Beach State (Chapel Hill)
Nov. 18 at Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Nov. 21-23 in Maui Invitational
Nov. 30 at Indiana (ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Bloomington, Ind.)
Dec. 4 vs. Radford (Chapel Hill)
Dec. 7 vs. Davidson (Chapel Hill)
Dec. 11 vs. Tennessee (Chapel Hill)
Dec. 17 vs. Kentucky (CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.)
Dec. 21 vs. Northern Iowa (Chapel Hill)
Dec. 28 vs. Monmouth (Chapel Hill)

It should be a very fun run for the Tar Heels as they look to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for a seventh straight season.

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