North Carolina basketball to play Alabama in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament

North Carolina will play Alabama in its first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Nov. 27, ESPN announced Thursday.

The game, which will be played in Paradise Island, Bahamas, will be broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2.

UNC is 5-4 head-to-head against Alabama.

UNC would play either Michigan or Iowa State in the next round on Nov. 28.

In the third game of the tournament, the Tar Heels could play either Gonzaga, Southern Miss, Seton Hall or Oregon, which are all in the lower part of the bracket.

UNC released its 2019-20 non-conference schedule last month, which includes games against Gonzaga, Wofford, Ohio State, UCLA, Gardner-Webb, Yale, UNC-Wilmington and Elon.

The Tar Heels will also host Winston-Salem State in a preseason game on Nov. 1 and Notre Dame in their season-opener on Nov. 6.

In other news

UNC will play Wofford at Carmichael Arena on Dec. 15, the school announced Thursday.

It will be the first time the men’s basketball team has played a regular season game at Carmichael since 1986, and first game at the arena since 2010.

On March 16, 2010, UNC defeated William and Mary, 80-72, in the first round of the NIT.

Carmichael Arena seats 6,822 people compared to the Dean Smith Center, which seats 21,750.

The game on Dec. 15 is the same date as UNC’s commencement ceremony.

“Carmichael brings back great memories of my first eight years as an assistant to Coach Smith and the exciting game we played against William and Mary in 2010,” UNC head coach Roy Williams said in a press release. “Wofford will bring an outstanding team and the environment will be electric. I’m sure it will be a tough ticket to get and a special day for everyone who is lucky enough to be there for that game.”

UNC and Wofford have played each other in each of the last two seasons with both teams winning on the road.

Jonathan M. Alexander has been covering the North Carolina Tar Heels since May 2018. He previously covered Duke basketball and recruiting in the ACC. He is an alumnus of N.C. Central University.
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