By R.L. Bynum
Depending on where you live and your television provider, it may be a challenge to watch top-ranked Carolina’s game Friday night against College of Charleston.
The 7:04 p.m. game will be one of only two UNC men’s games all season that will air on regional sports networks, which aren’t wide availability. Your regional sports network depends on where you live, with the possibilities including Bally Sports regional networks, MASN, NESN and Yes Network.
In North Carolina, most viewers can watch the game on Bally Sports Southeast (available on Spectrum Cable and DirecTV, among others) and MASN (available on DirecTV, among others). In New England, the best bet is NESN, with Yes Network as the best option in the New York City area and Marquee Sports Network as the place to watch in the Chicago area.
If you live outside of the ACC’s geographic footprint, you can stream the game on ESPN3. People living in ACC markets will be blacked out from watching on ESPN3.
If you live in the ACC region and subscribe to Dish Network or other services that don’t offer regional sports networks, you can stream the game using Bally Sports+. That service costs $19.99 a month (or $189.99 a year), but you can get a free seven-day trial subscription if you are a new customer of the service.
Bally Sports+ also offers access to the pro sports in your region, with North Carolina viewers getting Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Hurricanes games.
UNC’s home game on Jan. 17 against Boston College will also air on regional sports networks.
Carolina women’s basketball games that air on RSNs are home games on Dec. 29 against Florida State, Feb. 2 against Virginia, Feb. 23 against Virginia Tech and the Feb. 26 game at Duke.
The UNC-Charleston game is a battle of teams coming off home Monday opening-game wins, with the Tar Heels beating UNCW 69–56 and the Cougars topping Chattanooga 85–78.
Last season, Armando Bacot led UNC with 24 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in a 94–83 win at Charleston. Carolina leads the all-time series 6–3 and has won three in a row since an 82–79 overtime loss on Jan. 4, 2010, in Charleston. The Cougars won the first meeting 66–64 on Dec. 5, 1998, in Charlotte.
This will be a good game to attend in person, though, because Carolina will honor at halftime the legendary Lenny Rosenbluth, who died in June.
UNC vs. College of Charleston
UNC leads series 6–3
Dec. 5, 1998 — L, 66–53 at Charlotte Coliseum under Coach Bill Guthridge
Dec. 3, 1999 — W, 72–54 at Charlotte Coliseum under Guthridge
Dec. 30, 2000 — W, 64–60 at Charlotte Coliseum under Coach Matt Doherty
Dec. 21, 2001 — L, 66–60 at Charlotte Coliseum under Doherty
Jan. 7, 2009 — W, 108–70 at Smith Center under Coach Roy Williams
Jan. 4, 2010 — L, 82–79 (OT) at Charleston under Williams
Nov. 28, 2010 — W, 74–69 at Smith Center under Williams
Nov. 25, 2020 — W, 79–60 at Smith Center under Williams
Nov. 16, 2021 — W, 94–83 at Charleston under Coach Hubert Davis
|28||Friday||W, 101–40||Johnson C. Smith||Home||Exhibition|
|11||Friday||W, 102–86||College of Charleston||Home||2–0|
|20||Sunday||W, 80–64||James Madison||Home||4–0|
|Phil Knight Invitational|
|24||Thursday||W, 89–81||First round: Portland||Portland||5–0|
|27||Sunday||L, 103–101, |
No. 18 Alabama
|ACC/Big Ten Challenge|
|30||Wednesday||9:15||No. 11 Indiana||Bloomington, Ind.||ESPN|
|4||Sunday||3 p.m.||Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, Va.||ACCN|
|13||Tuesday||7 p.m.||The Citadel||Home||ESPN2|
|CBS Sports Classic|
|17||Saturday||3 p.m.||Ohio State||New York||CBS|
|4||Wednesday||9 p.m.||Wake Forest||Home||ACCN|
|7||Saturday||11:30 a.m.||Notre Dame||Home||ESPN2|
|10||Tuesday||9 p.m.||No. 5 Virginia||Charlottesville||ESPN or ESPN2|
|14||Saturday||2 p.m.||Louisville||Louisville, Ky.||ESPN|
|17||Tuesday||7 p.m.||Boston College||Home||RSN|
|21||Saturday||5 p.m.||N.C. State||Home||ACCN|
|24||Tuesday||9 p.m.||Syracuse||Syracuse, N.Y.||ESPN|
|4||Saturday||6:30||No. 8 Duke||Durham||ESPN|
|7||Tuesday||7 p.m.||Wake Forest||Winston-Salem||ESPN or ESPN2|
|11||Saturday||2 p.m.||Clemson||Home||ESPN or ESPN2|
|19||Sunday||1 p.m.||N.C. State||Raleigh||ESPN|
|22||Wednesday||9 p.m.||Notre Dame||South Bend, Ind.||ESPN or ESPN2|
|25||Saturday||6 or 8||No. 5 Virginia||Home||ESPN|
|27||Monday||7 p.m.||Florida State||Tallahassee, Fla.||ESPN|
|4||Saturday||6 or 6:30||No. 8 Duke||Home||ESPN|
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