2020 Schedule Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are the 38th DI team to release their 2020 schedule. North Carolina comes into the 2020 season after going 8-7 overall, 1-3 in the ACC in 2019. The Tar Heels lost in the semifinals of the ACC tournament after beating Syracuse in the first-round. 

Schedule

Date Home Away Notes
1/18 North Carolina Jacksonville/Navy Scrimmages
1/25 High Point North Carolina Scrimmage
2/1 North Carolina Colgate
2/8 North Carolina Mercer
2/15 North Carolina Lafayette
2/22 Johns Hopkins North Carolina
3/1 Denver North Carolina
3/6 Furman North Carolina
3/10 North Carolina Bryant
3/14 North Carolina Georgetown
3/17 North Carolina Dartmouth
3/21 North Carolina Maryland
3/26 Duke North Carolina ACC
4/2 North Carolina Virginia ACC
4/11 Syracuse North Carolina ACC (@ Cicero-North Syracuse HS)
4/18 North Carolina Notre Dame ACC

Key Games

2/22 @ Johns Hopkins

As usual, the Tar Heels will have a late February meeting with Johns Hopkins will be their first big test of the season. Last season, the Blue Jays defeated the Tar Heels 11-10 in a game that was played in a literal mud pool. This years matchup should be another good one. 

3/1 @ Denver

The Tar Heels will travel out west to face Denver for another matchup that is always one of the best early season contest. In 2020, North Carolina will be looking to secure their first win over Denver since 2014. The Pioneers defeated the Tar Heels 12-10 in Chapel Hill last season. 

3/26 @ Duke

North Carolina will begin conference play against archrival Duke in the ‘ole Tobacco Road showdown. It’s a backyard brawl and one of those games that you throw out the record books each and every year. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils have split the past eight meetings and North Carolina won last year’s battle 10-8 to capture their only ACC win. 

4/18 vs Notre Dame

Anything can happen in conference play, especially in ACC. The Tar Heels meeting with the Fighting Irish to end their season could have some serious implications as far the ACC tournament and possible NCAA berths go, especially with the Tar Heels and Irish not being too impressive until late last year and many projecting similar performances from both in 2020. Notre Dame won last year’s contest 12-10 at home in South Bend. 

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