Jonathan M. Alexander | The News & Observer

The non-conference schedule is complete, and on paper it appears North Carolina will once again have one of the toughest schedules in college basketball next season.

With UNC looking to get back to the NCAA title game next year, having a tough schedule tends to bode well in March when the NCAA selection committee evaluates how well teams play against the top competition.

Of the 13 non-conference opponents UNC will face next season, six made the NCAA tournament. It will play teams like Michigan, which lost in the NCAA tournament championship game to Villanova last season, Kentucky, and either Michigan State, UCLA, and/or Texas.

Here’s a breakdown of UNC’s non-conference schedule:

Nov. 6 at Wofford

Call it a revenge game if you will. Last year, when UNC and Wofford faced off in Chapel Hill, it didn’t end well for the Tar Heels. Wofford upset UNC 79-75 behind its junior guard Fletcher Magee’s 27 points. Magee is returning for his senior season, and the Tar Heels will get another crack at him and the rest of the Terriers, who finished last season with a 21-13 record, which was fourth best in the Southern conference. This game will be an away game for the Tar Heels in Spartanburg, S.C.

Nov. 9 at Elon

UNC will play at Elon in the opening of its new arena. Elon was not good last season. It finished with a 14-18 record, which was seventh best out of 10 teams in the CAA conference. It has also lost two of its top three scorers, who were seniors. Elon’s leading scorer, forward Tyler Seibring (15.4 points per game), will return next season as a senior.

Nov. 12 vs. Stanford

This will be UNC’s first home game of the season. Stanford, which has struggled to make the NCAA tournament in recent years, will have to make up for two big losses next season. Its leading scorer, Reid Travis (19.5 points per game), transferred to Kentucky, and its second leading scorer, Dorian Pickens (14.5 points per game) graduated. Coached by second-year head coach and former UNC assistant Jerod Haase, Stanford finished tied for third in the Pac-12 conference and finished with a 19-16 overall record. Last season, the Tar Heels beat the Cardinals on the road 96-72.

Nov. 16 vs. Tennessee Tech

Tennessee Tech finished tied for fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference last season and a 19-14 overall record. The Golden Eagles have made it to two NCAA tournaments in school history. But the last one was in 1963. This is a home game for the Tar Heels, and should be a fairly easy win.

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