When: Sunday, Nov. 24 (Time TBA)
Where: Uncasville, Conn.
I know this game isn't actually scheduled, but I have a feeling it will go down on the last Sunday in November. The only programs standing in the way of this prime time matchup is Richmond and Fairfield.
That shouldn't be an issue for UNC or Louisville. This was meant to be.
There are a plethora of reasons this game is a "can't miss." For one, the Cardinals are the reigning champions, and every Tar Heel should want a piece of that. This is also a battle between two Hall of Fame coaches with multiple titles to their names.
What's more, this game will be a preview of years to come, as Louisville will be joining the ACC in place of Maryland next season.
Leading scorer Russ Smith (18.7 PPG) will return for his senior season with the Cardinals, posing a very difficult match up for the Tar Heel wings—who will most likely be without the services of junior P.J. Hairston. However, Louisville's Chane Behanan has also been suspended indefinitely and may miss this contest.
But that doesn't make this Louisville squad any easier. The team is stacked with blossoming returners Luke Hancock, Wayne Blackshear and Montrezl Harrell, along with newcomers Chris Jones, Terry Rozier, Anton Gill and Akoy Agau.
The Cardinals could very well make another run at the title, and this will be a chance for the Tar Heels to show they can hang with the big boys again.
Last Meeting: North Carolina topped Louisville 83-73 to move on to the 2008 Final Four. Tyler Hansbrough led the way with 28 points and 13 rebounds.
You Should Know: Roy Williams was inducted into the Hall of Fame before the 2007-08 season, when he last met with Rick Pitino's squad. Pitino was inducted this September.