Live Action details and how to watch if you can’t attend

By R.L. Bynum

You’ll get your first look at UNC men’s and women’s basketball teams that both have high expectations at Live Action with Carolina Basketball at 7:30 Friday night, Oct. 7.

It was originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, but was postponed.

The name comes from one of Coach Hubert Davis’ frequently used phrases, “live action,” which fans first learned about during a halftime television interview during the Final Four. While “Late Night” was the traditional name of the event, it never really happened late in the evening.

Like last year, the new version of the preseason basketball event doesn’t include the players performing skits or dances.

Davis’ men’s team went 29–10 last season and made the NCAA championship game. UNC finished the season No. 2 in the final coaches poll and is No. 1 in Blue Ribbon Magazine’s preseason ranking.

Coach Courtney Banghart’s women’s team made the Sweet 16 last season and finished 25–7, falling to eventual national champion South Carolina in the Gamecocks’ toughest NCAA tournament game. Carolina’s women are also expected to be highly ranked in the preseason polls.

If you can’t make it to the Smith Center, the event will stream on ACC Network Extra (ESPN3), with Kyle Straub, Matt Krause (the voice of Carolina women’s basketball) and former UNC player Marcus Ginyard on the call.

Brian “B Daht” McLaughlin, the in-game host during regular season home games, will be the host for the event, which will include player and staff introductions, a 3-point shooting contest involving men’s and women’s players and intra-squad scrimmages for both teams.



If you plan to attend, the event is free, with the arena opening at 6 p.m. and most of the arena is general admission seating. Students should enter at Gate C, reserved-seating guests in Gate D and all other fans at gates A and B.

Parking passes will be required for the Bowles Lot and the Craige Deck, with general parking for $10 available at the Bell Tower Deck, the Manning lot, the Jackson Deck and the Rams Head Deck.

The Tar Heel Express shuttle service that takes you from the Friday Center Park to the front of the Smith Center costs $5 for a roundtrip and $3 one way.

In some scheduling news Tuesday, UNC’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge men’s game at Indiana will start at 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 30 and air on ESPN. The women’s team’s game at Indiana the next night, on Dec. 1, was previously announced as a 6 p.m. start to air on Big Ten Network.

Men’s schedule

(current ranking)
28FridayW, 101–40Johnson C. Smith HomeExhibition
7MondayW, 69–56UNCWHome1–0
11FridayW, 102–86College of CharlestonHome2–0
15TuesdayW, 72–66Gardner-WebbHome3–0
20SundayW, 80–64James MadisonHome4–0
Phil Knight Invitational
24ThursdayW, 89–81First round: PortlandPortland5–0
25FridayL, 70–65Semifinals:
Iowa State
27SundayL, 103–101,
4 OTs
No. 18 Alabama
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
30Wednesday9:15 No. 11 IndianaBloomington, Ind.ESPN
4Sunday3 p.m.Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.ACCN
10Saturday3:15Georgia TechHomeESPN
13Tuesday7 p.m.The CitadelHomeESPN2
CBS Sports Classic
17Saturday3 p.m.Ohio StateNew YorkCBS
Jumpman Invitational
21Wednesday7 MichiganCharlotteESPN
30 Friday TBAPittsburghPittsburghACCN
4Wednesday9 p.m.Wake ForestHomeACCN
7Saturday11:30 a.m.Notre DameHomeESPN2
10Tuesday9 p.m.No. 5 VirginiaCharlottesvilleESPN or ESPN2
14Saturday2 p.m.LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.ESPN
17Tuesday7 p.m.Boston CollegeHomeRSN
21Saturday5 p.m.N.C. StateHomeACCN
24Tuesday9 p.m.SyracuseSyracuse, N.Y.ESPN
1Wednesday7 p.m.PittsburghHomeACCN
4Saturday6:30No. 8 DukeDurhamESPN
7Tuesday7 p.m.Wake ForestWinston-SalemESPN or ESPN2
11Saturday2 p.m.ClemsonHomeESPN or ESPN2
13Monday7 p.m.MiamiHomeESPN
19Sunday1 p.m.N.C. StateRaleighESPN
22Wednesday9 p.m.Notre DameSouth Bend, Ind.ESPN or ESPN2
25Saturday6 or 8No. 5 VirginiaHomeESPN
27Monday7 p.m.Florida StateTallahassee, Fla.ESPN
4Saturday6 or 6:30No. 8 DukeHomeESPN
ACC Tournament
If tickets for home games are available, you can purchase them here. ACCN means the game airs on ACC Network. RSN means the game airs on regional sports networks (in many cases, Bally Sports but also MASN, NESN and Yes Network.)

Women’s schedule

(current ranking)
9Wednesday91–59Jackson StateHome1–0
16Wednesday93–25South Carolina StateHome3–0
20Sunday76–65James MadisonHarrisonburg, Va.4–0
Phil Knight Invitational
24Thursday85–79No. 18 OregonPortland5–0
27Sunday73–64No. 5 Iowa State Portland6–0
DecemberACC/Big Ten Challenge
1Thursday6 p.m.No. 6 IndianaBloomington, Ind.Big Ten Network
7Wednesday6 p.m.UNCWHomeACCNX (ESPN3)
11Sunday1 p.m.WoffordHomeACCNX (ESPN3)
16Friday6 p.m.South Carolina – UpstateHomeACCNX (ESPN3)
Jumpman Invitational
20Tuesday7 p.m.No. 22 MichiganCharlotteESPN2
ACC season begins
29Thursday8 p.m.Florida StateHomeRSN
1Sunday4 p.m.No. 11 Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.ACCN
5Thursday6 p.m.MiamiCoral Gables, Fla.ACCNX (ESPN3)
8Sunday4 p.m.No. 7 Notre DameHomeACCN
12Thursday7 p.m.VirginiaCharlottesville, Va.ACCNX (ESPN3)
15Sunday3:30No. 13 N.C. StateHomeESPN
19Thursday8 p.m.DukeHomeACCN
22Sunday4 p.m.Georgia TechHomeACCN
26Thursday6 p.m.PittsburghPittsburghACCNX (ESPN3)
29Sunday4 p.m.ClemsonClemsonACCN
2Thursday6 p.m.VirginiaHomeRSN
5SundayNoonNo. 10 LouisvilleLouisvilleESPN2
9Thursday7 p.m.SyracuseSyracuseACCNX (ESPN3)
12SundayNoonBoston CollegeHomeACCNX (ESPN3)
16Thursday8 p.m.No. 13 N.C. StateRaleighACCN
19Sunday4 p.m.Wake ForestHomeACCN
23Thursday8 p.m.No. 11 Virginia TechHomeRSN
ACC Tournament
1–5Wednesday–SundayTBATBAGreensboroACCN Wed.-Sat.; final on ESPN or ESPN2
You can buy tickets to home games here. ACCN means the game air on ACC Network. ACCNX means that the game is only streaming on ACC Network Extra (ESPN3.) RSN means the game airs on regional sports networks (in many cases, Bally Sports but also MASN, NESN and Yes Network.)

Photo via @UNC_Basketball


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