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UNC to play App State in December

UNC to play App State in December

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Members of the media and supporters of athletics at UNC Chapel Hill gather for a press conference announcing Hubert Davis' promotion to head coach for the men's basketball progam on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Winston-Salem Journal/Andrew Dye) 040721-wsj-spt-hubert

North Carolina has released its nonconference basketball schedule, which includes a December matchup between the Tar Heels and App State. 

Carolina and Appalachian State have met six previous times, going back to a 58-49 victory in January 1940. The series resumed in January 1998, when Bill Guthridge, in his first year as head coach succeeding Dean Smith, led the Tar Heels to a 96-63 victory. Ten months later, Guthridge coached Carolina to an 87-64 season-opening victory over the Mountaineers, who were coached in those two seasons by former Tar Heel guard Buzz Peterson.

Their last meeting was on Dec. 21, 2015, which Carolina also won, 94-70.

UNC released its 10-game non-conference slate Tuesday that includes games against UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic and Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. T

The Heels will also participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off in Uncasville, Connecticut. They'll face Purdue in the first game and play either Nova or Tennessee in the second game. The Boilermakers return their top eight scorers, led by Trevion Williams' 15.5 points and 9.1 rebounds. They're another team that will likely find a spot in the top 10 of preseason polls.

One change Davis made from how former coach Roy Williams liked to prepare in the preseason is that the Heels will play both of their allotted exhibition games against Elizabeth City State and Loyola, Maryland. Williams generally preferred to use one of those games to have a closed scrimmage with another Division I school.

Carolina will only have one true road game in non-conference play, and that's a trip to the College of Charleston. The Cougars also feature a new coach with Pat Kelsey, who replaced Anthony Grant after he took head coaching job at the Boston College.

The Hubert Davis' era will officially begin on Nov. 12 against Brown in the Dean E. Smith Center.

The ACC usually releases its 20-game conference schedule in August. The Heels will play their first conference game the first weekend of December.

UNC men's basketball non-conference schedule:

Nov. 5 Elizabeth City State

Nov. 9 Loyola (Md.)

Nov. 12 Brown

Nov. 16 at College of Charleston

Nov. 20 vs Purdue

Nov. 21 vs. Villanova/Tennessee

Nov. 23 UNC Asheville

Dec. 1 Michigan

Dec. 11 Elon

Dec. 14 Furman

Dec. 18 vs UCLA

Dec. 21 Appalachian State

*CBS Sports Classic, location TBA

C.L. Brown, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) contributed to this story. 

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