And, at last, we have a complete North Carolina basketball schedule. You can find it right here.
We already knew about a lot of the highlights on the schedule. We've known for a while now about the trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis, where UNC will open against Butler before possible games with Oklahoma or UCLA and Florida or Wisconsin. We've known about the trip to Lexington to play Kentucky on Dec. 13, and the game in Chicago on Dec. 20 against Ohio State.
And we've known for a while which ACC teams UNC will play. Now, though, we know the dates.
The Tar Heels open the conference portion of their schedule on Jan. 3 at Clemson. After that are two home games against Notre Dame and Louisville before a short trip to N.C. State on Jan. 14. The Tar Heels play Duke in Durham on Feb. 18, and then in Chapel Hill on March 7.
The game at Duke on Feb. 18 is the last of a five-game stretch in which UNC plays four games on the road. The other road games: Louisville, Boston College and Pitt. The home game, by the way, is against Virginia. So that'll be a difficult stretch.
That's the first time, by the way, that UNC will play four of five ACC games on the road since 1997, which was Dean Smith's final season. UNC won all five of those games that year amid a 16-game winning streak it rode into the Final Four.
That note, by the way, comes courtesy Steve Kirschner, UNC's basketball spokesman and note and tidbit extraordinaire. Some of his others:
--Carolina plays Davidson in Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. This is the Tar Heels’ first appearance in that arena since beating Long Island and Washington in the 2011 NCAA East Regional. The Tar Heels are 10-0 in the arena dating back to their first games there in November 2006 against Sacred Heart and Winthrop in the Preseason NIT Tipoff.
--Carolina plays three games at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas, in the Battle 4 Atlantis. This is UNC’s first regular-season action outside the United States since playing three games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 18-21, 2010. The only other games UNC has played outside the United States came on December 21 and 23, 1984, when the Tar Heels played Wichita State and Arizona State in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan, in the Suntory Bowl.
--The Tar Heels play either Oklahoma or UCLA on Thanksgiving in the Bahamas. Carolina is 3-0 against Oklahoma and 6-3 vs. the Bruins. The most recent game against Oklahoma came in the 2009 NCAA South Regional, a 72-60 win over the Blake Griffin and Jeff Capel-led Sooners in Memphis that sent the Tar Heels to the Final Four in Detroit.
--Carolina and UCLA have not played since an 80-70 UNC win at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 23, 2000, in Matt Doherty’s first season as the Tar Heels’ head coach.
--Iowa is the sixth different opponent for the Tar Heels in the 16-year history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Carolina is 3-2 against Michigan State, 2-0 vs. Ohio State, 1-0 vs. Wisconsin, 1-2 vs. Indiana and 1-3 vs. Illinois in challenge play.
--The Tar Heels are 1-2 all-time against Iowa, including 0-1 in Chapel Hill. The Hawkeyes won, 98-97, in the Smith Center on Jan. 7, 1989, and defeated the Tar Heels the following year in Iowa City. Tournament MVP Raymond Felton starred in the most recent meeting, a 106-92 UNC win in the Maui Invitational championship game on November 24, 2004.
--Carolina and Kentucky are playing for the 15th time in as many seasons with the teams splitting those games, 7-7. Overall, Carolina leads the series against the Wildcats, 23-13, including wins in seven of the last 10 meetings.
--Carolina’s 23 wins against Kentucky are the second-most of any of UK’s non-Southeastern Conference opponents. Indiana (24) is the only non-SEC foe that has beaten UK more than North Carolina.
--Carolina opens ACC play at Clemson. This is the third consecutive year the Tar Heels have started conference play on the road. It is the first time Carolina opens with Clemson since the Tar Heels beat the Tigers, 90-88 in overtime, at Littlejohn Coliseum in 2008.
--Carolina is 9-3 all-time against Louisville, but only three of those dozen games have been at home sites. The Cardinals have won both games in Louisville (1929 and 1999) and the Tar Heels are 1-0 in Chapel Hill. That was a 77-72 victory on December 17, 1998, behind Ademola Okulaja’s 23 points and 15 rebounds.
--Syracuse will be playing in Chapel Hill for the first time. The teams are 4-4 in eight previous games with two of those being played at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. They have also met one time each in Philadelphia, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; Charlotte, N.C.; East Rutherford, N.J.; Springfield, Mass.; and New York City.
--Six of Carolina’s first nine ACC games are against teams that were not members of the ACC in 1987-88 in Roy Williams’ last season as Dean Smith’s assistant coach (Notre Dame, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Syracuse and Louisville).
--Carolina and Duke square off for the first time on February 18, 2015. That is the latest scheduled first meeting between the two schools ever. The teams met for the first time two seasons ago on February 13, 2013. Last year, they were scheduled to meet on February 12, but an ice storm delayed that game until February 20, which is the latest the teams have ever waited to play for the first time in a season.
--The Tar Heels are not scheduled to play a game in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the first time since 1961-62. UNC played the University of Virginia twice that year in the regular season –Dean Smith’s first as UNC’s head coach– once in Chapel Hill, the second time in Greensboro but not in Charlottesville.