Every year the big time programs in D1 Basketball try to set their schedules to provide top competition early. They see it as a way to prepare their team for March in Nov. One coach that seems to do this every year is UNC's Roy Williams.
Down the road this schedule may prove to be vital to a strong post season run, but there is a real chance that the Tarheels of UNC could have three losses all before Dec 6th! Possibly up to 5 before Christmas.
The Heels have already suffered defeat this season from a talented Syracuse team. Jim Boeheim had his Orangemen ready for the Roy's boys. The game finished with a 87-71 score but the game wasn't really that close.
The next big test for Carolina will be against the guys from East Lansing. Arguably one of the best teams in the nation and what is sure to be a battle with Michigan State. This is a very tough game for the Heels, and one that they will have to play very well to win.
That game is December first. Four days later they head to Rupp Arena and take on Kentucky. Also one of the best teams in the nation. UNC has shown one key weakness so far, and if UNC is going to have trouble with young athletic teams, this one could be a very lopsided loss.
Two games later they play Texas (another top 5 team). Yet again a very tough game, and one that the Heels could drop.
UNC is not the team they were last season. They lost their top 7 scorers. They are supposed to be a top ten team but maybe the talks were very premature.
If Roy gets through that part of his schedule then this team will be ready for ACC play. A conference that some will argue is the third best!
You never know what can happen, that is why they play the games. UNC is poised to challenge the Dukies for the ACC title. They are going to lose some games this season, but they are still dangerous.
Watch out for a late season run, that is all possible because of this stretch of tough basketball games.