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Tar Heels Basketball Basics

  • Current Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

  • Current Division: NCAA Division I 

  • Last NCAA Championship Title: 2017

  • Cheerleading Squad: UNC-Chapel Hill Cheerleading

  • Dance Squad: The Carolina Girls

  • Band: Marching Tar Heels or The Pride of the ACC

  • Mascot: Rameses (Ram Representing Ramses the Great)

  • Fan Chant: “TAR-HEEL”

  • Team Colors: Carolina Blue and White

The North Carolina Basketball Schedule

The North Carolina Tar Heels Men's Basketball schedule features a mix of intense conference battles, traditional rivalries, and intriguing matchups with teams from across the country. Fans can anticipate games against storied opponents, bringing a blend of strategy, talent, and high-energy basketball to each contest.

Key UNC Competitors

  • Duke University: The rivalry with Duke University, one of the most intense in college basketball, always promises high-stakes and fiercely competitive games. These matchups between the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels are crucial for conference standings and are eagerly anticipated for their intensity and historical significance.

  • North Carolina State University: The regional rivalry with North Carolina State University brings a unique intensity to their games. These matchups are more than just basketball contests; they are deeply rooted in local pride and tradition, making each game a significant event in North Carolina sports.

  • University of Virginia: The Cavaliers, with their renowned defensive strategy, consistently challenge the Tar Heels in games that are as much a tactical battle as they are a physical one. Each encounter in the ACC between these two teams is a display of disciplined basketball and strategic gameplay.

  • Wake Forest University: The long-standing ACC rivalry with Wake Forest University is marked by memorable and historic games. These matchups against the Demon Deacons are not just basketball games; they are chapters in a storied rivalry, rich in tradition and competitive spirit.

  • University of Notre Dame: The historic rivalry with the University of Notre Dame always adds a layer of prestige and competitiveness to their matchups. Games against the Fighting Irish are not just about winning but also about upholding a legacy of sportsmanship and rivalry.

Dean Smith Center

The North Carolina Tar Heels Men's Basketball team plays at the Dean E. Smith Center, commonly known as the “Dean Dome.” Named after legendary coach Dean Smith, it's located on the campus in Chapel Hill and opened in 1986. The arena seats about 21,750 spectators and, aside from basketball games, hosts concerts and other events.


Multiple lots can be found in the vicinity of the arena, but finding vacancies on game day can be tough. To alleviate stress on arrival, we highly recommend reserving parking when you buy your North Carolina basketball tickets.

Alternative Transportation

Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) is the second largest transit system in the state of North Carolina, and they provide fare-free services in the area. Additionally, UNC shuttle services offer convenient transportation to and from the Dean Dome on game days. Check the official website of the town of Chapel Hill for up-to-date routes and schedules.

Notable North Carolina Basketball Players

The University of North Carolina has had quite an impactful list of alumni. Just think—when you purchase Tar Heels tickets, you could be putting yourself in the presence of a future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer

This list spotlights some of  the most successful players to pass through Chapel Hill on their way to the NBA. Each of these athletes has made a significant impact on the league and, in some cases, the world:

  • Billy Cunningham (1962–1965): Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1965, Cunningham's professional career was marked by his energy and rebounding ability. He was a four-time All-Star and won a championship in 1967, Hall of Famer, and earned the nickname "The Kangaroo Kid" for his athletic play.

  • Bob McAdoo (1971–1972): Selected first overall by the Buffalo Braves (now LA Clippers) in 1972, McAdoo became a prominent figure in the league. He was a five-time All-Star, three-time scoring champion, and the 1975 MVP. McAdoo also won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s.

  • Michael Jordan (1981–1984): Jordan, drafted third overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1984, is arguably the greatest basketball player ever. A six-time champion, five-time MVP, and fourteen-time All-Star, his impact on the game is unparalleled, with numerous records and accolades to his name.

  • Jerry Stackhouse (1993–1995): Drafted third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995, Stackhouse played in the NBA until 2013. A two-time All-Star, he was known for his scoring ability and had a standout season in 2000-2001, averaging over 29 points per game.

  • Vince Carter (1995–1998): Selected fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors in 1998 and traded to the Toronto Raptors, Carter had an illustrious career spanning over two decades. He has actually played in 4 different decades (1990’s, 2000’s, 2010’s, and 2020’s). An eight-time All-Star, he is known for his spectacular dunks. Carter played a significant role in popularizing the sport globally, earning a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. 

Ready for UNC Tar Heels Basketball Game?

The University of North Carolina stands by its tradition of excellence, and that extends to its athletics program. Expect thrilling and memorable moments, from the moment you enter the arena to the stirring sound of the final buzzer. Secure your Tar Heels tickets today, and prepare to experience the magic on the hardwood!