CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina men’s basketball team will begin the 2022-23 regular season at home against UNCW on Monday, November 7. The season opener against the Seahawks is one of five regular season games and one exhibition contest scheduled against non-conference opponents the Dean E. Smith Center.
Carolina is coming off a 29-10 season in which the head coach Hubert Davis led the Tar Heels to the NCAA East regional title, a Final Four victory in the semi-finals in New Orleans and an appearance in the national championship game. UNC fires four starters, including senior All-America Armand Bacotfifth year senior leaky black and junior guards RD Davis and Caleb Love.
The public’s first look at the Tar Heels against outside competition will be an exhibition game against Johnson C. Smith on Friday, October 28. It’s the night before the UNC football team hosts Pittsburgh on homecoming weekend.
The Tar Heels’ first four regular season contests will be played at the Smith Center, including games against UNCW, College of Charleston (November 11), Gardner-Webb (November 15) and James Madison (November 20).
Carolina returns to Portland, Oregon for the second time in six seasons for the Phil Knight Invitational (PKI) hosted by Nike. The Tar Heels will play Portland three times on November 24, 25 and 27. The field includes UNC, Alabama, UConn, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oregon, Portland and Villanova. The Tar Heel women’s basketball team is one of four teams also playing in the PKI.
The Tar Heels went 2-1 in PK80 in November 2017.
Indiana hosts UNC in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30. After the IU game, Carolina will open Atlantic Coast Conference play and take a break for exams before hosting The Citadel on Dec. 13.
Carolina wraps up its non-conference portion of the regular season Dec. 17 in the CBS Sports Classic and Dec. 21 in Charlotte in the inaugural Jumpman Invitational.
The pairings for the PKI, CBS Sports Classic and Jumpman Invitational and location for the CBS Sports Classic will be announced later this summer. Kentucky, Ohio State and UCLA are the other teams in the CBS Sports Classic. Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma join UNC in the Jumpman Invitational.
Ticket information for Carolina’s home games at the Smith Center will be finalized and released in the coming weeks. Fans are encouraged to check GoHeels.com for up-to-date information regarding dates and ticket availability.
2022-23 University of North Carolina Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Oct. 28 vs. Johnson C. Smith (Exhibition Play, Chapel Hill)
Nov. 7 vs. UNCW (Chapel Hill)
November 11 vs. College of Charleston (Chapel Hill)
Nov. 15 vs. Gardner-Webb (Chapel Hill)
Nov. 20 vs. James Madison (Chapel Hill)
November 24-25, 27 at the Phil Knight Invitational (Portland, Oregon)
Nov. 30 at Indiana, ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Bloomington, Ind.)
December 13 vs La Citadelle (Chapel Hill)
December 17 at CBS Sports Classic (location, opponent to be announced)
Dec. 21 at Jumpman Invitational (opponent TBD, Charlotte, NC)