The North Carolina men’s basketball team will tip off next season by paying respect to the troops. The Tar Heels will join Temple, Florida and Navy at the Veterans Classic, held at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
UNC will face off against Temple on Nov. 13 in a game that will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
But it won’t all be about basketball for the Tar Heels. The team will have the chance to tour the Naval Academy and immerse themselves in the culture and tradition of the midshipmen.
“It’s a tremendous honor for Carolina Basketball to visit the Naval Academy and play in an event that pays tribute to the brave men and women who safeguard our country,” UNC head coach Roy Williams says. “Four years ago we were privileged to play on an active aircraft carrier; we are again blessed with the opportunity to learn more about life at the Academy. Our players, coaches and staff certainly will have an unforgettable experience.”
Carolina will be facing Temple for the first time since the NCAA Tournament East Regional final in 1991. UNC won that contest 75-72 to advance to the Final Four.