The UNC Tar Heels have one of the most renowned basketball programs in the country, one that doesn’t usually have a shortage of unbelievable talent or on-court drama. This year, with another highly skilled squad that is sure to give the other teams in the ACC nightmares, the Tar Heels and their fans are thinking big as we move closer to the start of the season. Here’s a look at the top games on the North Carolina Tar Heels Schedule that will rank as some of the best games in all of college basketball this season.
Nov. 20, Mississippi Valley State at UNC:
The first home game of the season is sure to have plenty of passion and excitement, as fans look to see how the new recruits click in the offense. The Tar Heels should be heavy favorites in this one, but each UNC team needs to prove they can win the games they’re expected to.
Nov. 30, Wisconsin at UNC:
The Wisconsin Badgers have one of the better athletic programs in the entire nation, making for a matchup between true heavyweights. In the Tar Heels’ first test against a major program, we’ll start to get a feel for how this group is capable of playing in big games.
Dec. 3, UNC at Kentucky:
If there is another program in the country with a similar level of history and fan passion, it might just be Kentucky. Kentucky looks to be back on the up and up, giving Tar Heels fans a great reason to hit the pavement with a couple friends and see a premier matchup between two very talented teams with high aspirations.
Dec. 21, Texas at UNC:
They may not have Kevin Durant on their squad anymore, but no one takes the Texas Longhorns lightly no matter the sport that they play. Before a break for the holidays, the Tar Heels would love to get a big win to propel them into the second half of their schedule.
Feb. 8, Duke at UNC:
You would have to be living under a rock for the last couple of decades to not know the history behind this one. The biggest rivalry in all of college basketball – by far – brings the Tar Heels up against the deeply talented Duke Blue Devils, another matchup that will have fans from both schools pouring in to show their support. If you’ve never been to a Duke-UNC game but love college basketball, it’s time to change that.
Feb. 29, Maryland at UNC:
In their home finale of the 2011-2012 season, the Tar Heels will be looking to impress the NCAA Tournament panel by beating another strong ACC opponent to propel them into the conference tournament.
Mar. 3, UNC at Duke:
No matter where these two teams are in the standings, this one will be a grudge match for whichever team lost the first matchup of the season. Don’t expect anything less than another heart-pounding atmosphere packed to the brim with some of the best players in the entire nation, which is another way of saying that this one will be status quo for one of the best rivalries in all of sports.