Carolina’s women play 4 games at 8 p.m., 3 at noon or earlier

By R.L. Bynum

The higher the expectations, the more likely a team will play games that start later, which is the case for Carolina’s women’s basketball team.

After playing only two ACC games that started at 8 p.m. last season, the Tar Heels have four such games this coming season, including home games against Florida State (Dec. 29), Duke (Jan. 19) and Virginia Tech (Feb. 23) and a road game against N.C. State (Feb. 16). There could potentially be a fifth since the time for the Jan. 15 home game against the Wolfpack hasn’t been set.

The ACC announced the starting times for all of its women’s basketball games on Wednesday afternoon.

UNC plays one game at 11 a.m. (Nov. 16 against South Carolina State) and two games at noon (Feb. 5 at Louisville and the regular-season finale on Feb. 26 at Duke.)

Coach Courtney Banghart’s fourth season comes after the Tar Heels went 25–7 and earned the program’s first Sweet 16 berth since 2015, which has helped boost the sale of season tickets, which can be purchased here. UNC returns junior starters in guards Deja Kelly and Kennedy  Todd-Williams, wing Alyssa Ustby and center Anya Poole.

In an odd scheduling quirk, James Madison’s men’s team plays Carolina on Dec. 20 at the Smith Center in a noon game, and the Dukes’ women’s team plays host to the Tar Heels at 2 p.m. that day.

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On Sunday, Feb. 19, the men’s team plays N.C. State in Raleigh at 1 p.m. and the women’s team faces Wake Forest at home at 4 p.m. That men’s game probably would have been scheduled for the day before if not for the Feb. 18 NHL Stadium Series game at Carter-Finley Stadium between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals.

Carolina plays in three events in the same cities as the men’s team.

Both play in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, with the women meeting Oregon at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (ESPNU) in the four-team event. The Tar Heels will play against either Iowa State or Michigan State in the consolation game (1 p.m., ESPN2) or the championship game (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Bookmark this page for scores and schedules for all UNC teams.

Both play at Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, with the women’s team facing the Hoosiers on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., one day after the men’s teams meet.

Both play Michigan in the Jumpman Invitational in Charlotte at the Hornets’ arena. The women face the Wolverines at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, one day before the men’s teams play.

Carolina schedule

DateMonth/dayTime/scoreOpponent/event
(current ranking)
LocationTV/record
November
9Wednesday91–59Jackson StateHome1–0
12Saturday75–48TCUHome2–0
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
January
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
February
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
26SundayNoonDukeDurhamRSN
March
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 courtesy of the ACC

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