GAME 1: UNCW
• Carolina opens the 2022-23 season at home on Monday, Nov. 7, against UNCW.
• Tip time is 9:05 pm The game will be televised on the ACC Network (Doug Sherman and Randolph Childress).
• This is the 113th season of Carolina Basketball. The Tar Heels are 100-12 in season-opening games with wins in each of the last 17 season openers.
• The Tar Heels have won their last 20 home openers at the Dean E. Smith Center.
PRESEASON NO. 1
• Carolina is No. 1 in the nation in the preseason Associated Press poll.
• The Tar Heels have been voted No. 1 in the preseason in 1977-78, 1981-82, 1983-84, 1986-87, 1993-94, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2015-16 and 2022-23.
• This is the record 10th time the Tar Heels have been ranked No. 1 to begin a season. UNC’s 10 preseason No. 1 rankings are the most all-time, breaking a tie with Duke. UCLA is third with eight, Kentucky is fourth with six and Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and Michigan are tied with three.
• The UNCW game is the Tar Heels’ first game as the AP’s No. 1 team since Nov. 21, 2015, when he lost at Northern Iowa without injured senior guard Marcus Paige.
• Carolina’s No. 1 ranking in the 2022-23 preseason poll marks the 66th season UNC has been ranked at least once in the 75-year history of the Associated Press poll. In 58 of those 66 seasons, the Tar Heels have been ranked in the top 10 at least once.
• This is the 21st season UNC has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll at some point in the season. It’s the first time UNC is the preseason No. 1 team since 2015-16; the Tar Heels played in the national championship game that year.
• This is the 111th time UNC is ranked No. 1 in an AP poll, fourth most in NCAA college basketball history.
• Carolina is also No. 1 in the coaches poll and Sports Illustrated, No. 2 in CBSSports.com and The Sporting News and No. 2 9 in KenPom.
• This is the 10th time UNC is No. 1 in the first coaches’ poll (1957-58, 1981-82, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2015-16 and 2022-23).
• Head coach Hubert Davis‘s Tar Heels were picked to finish No. 1 in the ACC at the conference’s preseason media day in Charlotte.
TAR HEELS AS NO. 1
• Carolina is 188-31 in 20 previous seasons as the No. 1 1 team in the AP poll.
• Carolina’s last game as No. 1 was a 71-67 loss at Northern Iowa on Nov. 21, 2015.
• Carolina last win as No. 1 was a 78-58 win over Wofford in Chapel Hill on Nov. 18, 2015.
• Dean Smith led UNC to 100 wins (100-18) in games as the No. 1 1 team in the AP poll.
• The highest the Tar Heels were ranked in five previous games against UNCW was No. 4 in a 96-75 win in the Smith Center on Dec. 28, 2004.
SERIES VS. UNCW
• The Tar Heels are 5-0 all-time vs. the Seahawks, including 3-0 in the Smith Center.
• The teams last played in Wilmington on Nov. 8, 2019, a 78-62 Carolina victory.
• Cole Anthony (20 points/10 rebounds), Garrison Brooks (18/12) and Justin Pierce (18/12) had double-doubles. It was the sixth time since 1970 three Tar Heels had double-doubles in points and rebounds.
• Armando Bacota freshman playing in his second game as a Tar Heel, was struck by an elbow early in the game and played less than three minutes.
• Leaky Black tied his then-career highs with eight points and seven rebounds.
• Carolina is 176-18 all-time against in-state, non-ACC opponents.
• The Tar Heels have won the last 46 times they played an in-state, non-ACC opponent.
• This season is the 38th in which the Tar Heels will play in the Dean E. Smith Center. That is the most years UNC has played in a home venue (played 26 seasons at Woollen Gym from 1939-65).
• The Tar Heels are 451-83 in 534 games in the Smith Center, including 218-18 against non-ACC opponents.
• Last season, the Tar Heels went 15-2 in the Smith Center, including 7-0 against non-ACC opponents.
RETURNING TAR HEELS
• Carolina returns four starters from last season’s team that went 29-10 overall, 15-5 in the ACC, was the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament, No. 8 seed in the East Regional in the NCAA Tournament, won the NCAA East Regional and advanced to the national championship game.
• The four returning starters include graduate student small forward Leaky Blacksenior forward/center Armando Bacot and junior guards RJ Davis and Caleb Love.
• UNC returns 71.2% of the scoring from a year ago in addition to 58.5% of its rebounding, 82.3% of its assists and 58.5% of its three-point field goals.
• Brady Manek, a fifth-year grad student from Oklahoma, averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, made 98 threes, the second most in UNC single-season history, and led the ACC in a three-point percentage (.403). Manek is currently playing professional basketball in Australia.
• Senior forward/center Armando Bacot was one of five players named to the Associated Press’s 2022-23 Preseason All-America team. Bacot is joined on the AP team by Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky), Drew Timme (Gonzaga), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) and Marcus Sasser (Houston).
• Bacot was chosen the Preseason ACC Player of the Year at the league’s media day.
• Bacot also was named a preseason first-team All-America by The Athletic, CBSSports.com, Fox, Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Dick Vitale, College Hoops Today and Field of 68.
• Junior guard RJ Davis was named preseason first-team All-America by Lindy’s. He received second-team All-America recognition from Dick Vitale and third team from College Hoops Today.
• Davis was selected to the All-ACC third team at the league’s media day and was also chosen by Lindy’s as part of the No. 1 backcourt in the country with junior guard Caleb Love.
• Love was named to the preseason All-ACC team and a second-team All-America by The Athletic, CBSSports.com, College Hoops Today and Dick Vitale.
• Lindy’s tabbed Love as the top playmaker and most entertaining player in the ACC.
• Field of 68 chose Pete Nance as the No. 2 transfer player to watch. Nance previously played four seasons at Northwestern, where he led the Wildcats last season in scoring, rebounding, three-point percentage and blocks. He scored 1,025 points (9.6 per game) in 107 career games.
• The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced preseason watch lists for its positional awards and four Tar Heels were named to the respective lists: Caleb Love (Bob Cousy Award for point guards), Leaky Black (Julius Erving Award for small forwards), Pete Nance (Karl Malone Award for power forwards) and Armando Bacot (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for centers).
• Bacot (No. 3), Love (No. 10), Davis (No. 31) and Black (No. 95) were named among CBSSports.com’s top 100 players.
• Three Tar Heels – Bacot, Davis and Love – are among 20 players on the NABC Player of the Year watch list. UNC is the only team with three players on the NABC list (Baylor has two).
IN THE RECORD BOOK
• Carolina has an NCAA-record 79 1,000-point scorers, including Armando Bacotwho scored his 1,000th point on 1/29/22 against NC State. Caleb Love needs 74 points and RJ Davis needs 228 to reach the 1,000-point mark.
• Louisville is second all-time with 69 1,000-point scorers.
• Bacot set UNC single-season records last year with 511 rebounds, 31 double-doubles, five 20-rebound games (tied), 32 games with 10 or more rebounds, rebounds in an NCAA Tournament and rebounds by a Tar Heel in the Elite 8, national semifinal and national championship games.
• Bacot became the first player in NCAA Tournament history with six double-doubles in one year and tied the NCAA single-season record for double-doubles with 31 (Navy’s David Robinson also had 31 in 1895-86).
• Bacot enters the 2022-23 third season in UNC history in double-doubles (49) and offensive rebounds per game (3.44), tied for sixth in rebounds per game (10.0) and 10th in rebounds (1,001). He is one of eight Tar Heels to average a career double-double (13.0/10.0). Sean May and Bacot are the only Tar Heels to average a double-double over a career in the last 50 seasons.
• Leaky Black has played in 122 games over the previous four seasons. He could break Deon Thompson’s school record for games played (152).
• Caleb Love is fifth in UNC history in free throw percentage at .844.
• RJ Davis is 12th in free throw percentage at .829.
EXHIBITION GAME RECAP
• Caleb Love had 20 points and eight assists and Armando Bacot finished with 12 points and 20 rebounds in Carolina’s 101-40 win over Johnson C. Smith on October 28.
• Pete Nance added 19 points, hitting 7 of 8 two-point shot attempts, while freshman Seth Trimble had 11 points and five assists.
• The Tar Heels led, 18-3, in the opening minutes and forced a Golden Bull timeout at the 13:54 mark of the first half. Bacot had a first-half double-double with 10 points and 12 boards in 17 minutes.
• UNC shot 50 percent in the first half (20 of 40) in running out to a 53-29 lead at the break. Carolina also shot 50 percent in the second half (19 for 38) and for the game (39 for 78). The Tar Heels hit 11 three-pointers as a team in 35 attempts.
• Carolina’s defense held Johnson C. Smith to 23.1 percent shooting in the game, including 12.1 percent in the second half (4 for 33 for 11 points).
• Justin McKoy (non-Covid illness), RJ Davis (sprained right hand), Puff Johnson (right knee soreness) and freshman Jalen Washington (rehabbing injured knee) did not play.
NBA TAR HEELS
Cole Anthony3rd year Orlando
Harrison Barnes11th year Sacramento
Tony Bradley6th year Chicago
Reggie Bullock10th year LA Clippers
Danny Green14th year Memphis
Justin Jackson6th year Boston
Cameron Johnson4th year Phoenix
Nassir Little4th year Portland
Theo Pinson5th year Dallas
Day’Ron Sharpe2nd year Brooklyn
Coby White4th year Chicago
The following players are playing professional basketball overseas:
Reyshawn Terry (Argentina); Brady Manek (Australia); Kennedy Meeks (Dominican Republic); Kenny Williams (Greece); JP Tokoto (Israel); Isaiah Hicks, Brice Johnson and James Michael McAdoo (Japan); Christian Keeling (Finland); Justin Pierce (Montenegro); Walker Miller (The Netherlands); Tyler Hansbrough and John Henson (Puerto Rico); Joel James (Russia); Justin Knox (South Korea); Luke Maye and Marcus Paige (Spain); Deon Thompson (Turkey)