Hold off on booking your flights and hotels for the ACC games, as the dates may change over the next month or so. But with 144 days until tip-off, at least we have something to look forward to.
On Monday, the University of North Carolina released most of its schedule, with tentative dates on the Tar Heels' 18 conference games.
They are the finalized matchups and are in the proper order, but as you will see, all the games have multiple dates stamped beside them. We won't find out the dates until the ACC releases the final schedule later this summer, which will include all of the non-conference games, too.
Tentative 2012-13 ACC Schedule:
Jan. 5/6 at Virginia
Jan. 8/9/10 vs. Miami
Jan. 12/13 at Florida State
Jan. 19/20 vs. Maryland
Jan. 22/23/24 vs. Georgia Tech
Jan. 26/27 at NC State
Jan. 29/30/31 at Boston College
Feb. 2/3 vs. Virginia Tech
Feb. 5/6/7 vs. Wake Forest
Feb. 9/10 at Miami
Feb. 12/13/14 at Duke
Feb. 16/17 vs. Virginia
Feb. 19/20/21 at Georgia Tech
Feb. 23/24 vs. NC State
Feb. 26/27/28 at Clemson
Mar. 2/3 vs. Florida State
Mar. 5/6/7 at Maryland
Mar. 9/10 vs. Duke
Mar. 14-17, ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum
Who Will Win the ACC Title in 2012-13?
If you didn't notice, Carolina will face the top-seven finishers from the 2011-12 season two times. The bottom-four teams will only be played once. Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College and Georgia Tech all finished last season 4-12.
As always, North Carolina will bring in the new season at Late Night with Roy. What fresh new moves will Coach Williams break out this year? Or will he will he go back to his ever-popular Saturday Night Fever rendition?
Find out October 12—tentatively.
The opponent is unknown at this time, but an exhibition game will be scheduled for October 26.
The highly-anticipated season will officially begin on November 10, against Luke Davis' former school, Gardner-Webb. On their way to Maui, the Tar Heels will hit up Long Beach State.
The championship rounds of the Maui Invitational will be held November 19-21.
I know, I know. It must be rough—Long Beach, then Maui.
We don't have a clue on most of the dates and opponents in the non-conference games, but there are two set.
UNC will face Indiana in the RCA (Hoosier) Dome for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge—one year too late. It would have been nice to see Tyler and Cody Zeller duke it out. UNC will also be traveling to Austin, Texas to face the Longhorns on December 19.
There will be home games against UAB, UNLV and ECU. The rest of the non-conference games we will just have to wait for.
Let the countdown begin.