Watching No. 1 UNC on TV Friday could be a challenge

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

(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.)

Photo via @UNC_Basketball


  1. M P Arizona says:

    Tonight’s game against College of Charleston was listed on the game schedule as being on ACCNX. I pay for SlingTV and an extra amount that affords me access to sports that includes ACCNX. I could see the game on the guide but when I selected it, I was informed it was “restricted” in my area. I live in Clayton, NC. What I object to is being misled. There’s no way to know how to select what to subscribe to in order to see the Tarheel games listed on their published schedule if the designation of ACCNX can be negated by a blackout.


    1. R.L. Bynum says:

      RSN games are always going to be blacked out in the ACC region on ACC Network Extra/ESPN3. I know it’s frustrating.


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