2016-17 Schedules: North Carolina Tar Heels

After falling just short of a national title in 2015-16, Joel Berry and the North Carolina Tar Heels have their sights set on returning to the championship game this season and being the ones cutting down the nets. (Source: Inside Carolina)
After falling just short of a national title in 2015-16, Joel Berry II and the North Carolina Tar Heels have their sights set on returning to the championship game this season and being the ones cutting down the nets. (Source: Inside Carolina)

All that separated the North Carolina Tar Heels from extending the national championship game and giving themselves another chance at winning was a three pointer at the buzzer from Kris Jenkins. That shot will be in the memory bank of all North Carolina fans for a long time.

But, it’s in the past, and the Tar Heels are prepared to fight their way back to the national championship game in 2016-17. They will have to do so without the likes of Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, both of whom have graduated.

Coach Roy Williams has a ton of talent back in Chapel Hill this season, led by Joel Berry IIKennedy Meeks, and Theo Pinson. Several players will see their roles increase this season, and the experience they gained during the Tar Heels’ run to the finals is something you can’t put a value on.

In a move not typically seen by power conference teams, the Tar Heels will open the season on the road before returning home for their second game of the year.

North Carolina Tar Heels

2015-16 Record: 33-7 (14-4 in ACC; 1st)
Key Returnees: Joel Berry II, Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson, Nate Britt
Key Departures: Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, Joel James

2016-17 Schedule
(** Denotes Conference Play)

11/4/2016: v. UNC Pembroke (Exhibition)
*Chapel Hill, NC

11/11/2016: @ Tulane Green Wave
*New Orleans, LA

11/13/2016: v. Chattanooga Mocs (Maui Invitational)
*Chapel Hill, NC

11/15/2016: v. Long Beach State 49ers
*Chapel Hill, NC

11/18/2016: @ Hawaii Warriors
*Honolulu, HI

11/21/2016: TBD (Maui Invitational)
*Lahaina, Maui, HI

11/22/2016: TBD (Maui Invitational)
*Lahaina, Maui, HI

11/23/2016: TBD (Maui Invitational)
*Lahaina, Maui, HI

11/30/2016: @ Indiana Hoosiers (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
*Bloomington, IN

12/4/2016: v. Radford Highlanders
*Chapel Hill, HC

12/7/2016: v. Davidson Wildcats
*Chapel Hill, HC

12/11/2016: v. Tennessee Volunteers
*Chapel Hill, NC

12/17/2016: v. Kentucky Wildcats (CBS Sports Classic)
*Las Vegas, NV

12/21/2016: v. Northern Iowa Panthers
*Chapel Hill, NC

12/28/2016: v. Monmouth Hawks
*Chapel Hill, NC

Conference Schedule: TBD