2023 Schedule Breakdown: North Carolina Tar Heels

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are the 68th DI program in the 2023 schedule breakdown series. The Tar Heels are coming off a 2022 campaign in which they went 8-6 overall and 1-5 in ACC play.

North Carolina’s 2023 slate features 14 games with eight coming at home, four on the road, and one at a neutral site. North Carolina opens the season on February 10th at home against Mercer. The Tar Heels open ACC play on February 26th against Syracuse on the road.

North Carolina’s 2023 Schedule

2/10North CarolinaMercer
2/14Johns HopkinsNorth Carolina
2/19Ohio StateNorth Carolina
2/26SyracuseNorth CarolinaACC
3/4North CarolinaDenver
3/11North CarolinaBrown
3/17DukeNorth CarolinaACC
3/19North CarolinaDartmouth
3/22North CarolinaHigh Point
3/25North CarolinaProvidence
4/7North CarolinaVirginiaACC
4/15North CarolinaSyracuseACC, Neutral Site
4/22Notre DameNorth CarolinaACC
5/6North CarolinaNotre DameACC

New Opponents

Dartmouth, Mercer, Providence

Teams Dropped

Bellarmine, Colgate, Richmond

Key Games

2/14 @ Ohio State: The biggest early-season test for the Tar Heels, perhaps, comes on the road against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Last season, Ohio State came to Chapel Hill and throttled North Carolina in a 20-8 victory. The Tar Heels will be looking to flip the script this year. And if so, it would be a sign of serious improvement and whats to come.

2/26 @ Syracuse: North Carolina opens ACC play on February 26th at Syracuse. It will be the first of two meetings between the Tar Heels and the Orange this season. North Carolina beat Syracuse 14-13 last season as its lone ACC win. This game pits two ACCs looking to turn things around, and heavily impacted by the transfer portal, against each other.

4/7 vs Virgnia: North Carolina opens the month of April at home against rival Virginia. It will be the lone meeting between the two after having played twice in each of the past two season. The Tar Heels lost 15-11 and 11-4 to the Cavaliers last spring. Securing a win over the Cavaliers would be huge for Joe Breschi’s squad as they try to bounce back from last season.


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