The first edition of “Live Action with Carolina Basketball” will take place on Friday night in the Smith Center. Doors open at 6 pm and the event starts at 7:30 pm. “Live Action” is the rebranded version of “Late Night,” a celebration of North Carolina basketball and the unofficial beginning of the college basketball season. The Tar Heels began practice for the 2022-23 season on Monday, Sept. 26.
The new “Live Action” name refers to a comment from North Carolina coach Hubert Davis during an in-game interview at the NCAA championship game in April. He excitedly told television reporter Tracy Wolfson: “Pretty fun game, isn’t it? We’re competing out there. It’s live action, Tracy. It’s live action out there.”
“Live Action” will feature both the men’s and women’s teams. Carolina Basketball’s GameDay host B Daht will emcee the festivities, which will include player and staff introductions, a combined three-point shooting contest and intra-squad scrimmages by both teams.
Here is what you need to know to get ready for the event and how to watch from home:
Where: Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill
Admission is free. Entry Locations: Gates A & B general public, C students, D reserved seating guests.
– Doors open: 6:00 p.m.
– Event starts: 7:30 p.m.
How to Watch: ACC Network Extra will stream ‘Live Action with Carolina Basketball
“ACC Network Extra” is the ACC’s streaming-only platform that can be accessed through the ESPN app or watchespn.com (click the link above) if you get the ACC Network through your television provider.
(Kyle Straub, Matt Krause and former UNC forward Garrison Brooks will be on the call for ACC Network Extra)
Car park: General Public parking on campus is $10 per vehicle. Multiple on-campus lost included the Bell Tower Deck, Bowles lot, Craig Decj, Manning Lot, Jackson Deck, and Rams Head. Lots open at 5 pm
Tar Heel Express shuttle service from the Friday Center Park beginning at 6 pm ($5 round-trip or $3 one-way, drop-off and pick up in front of the Smith Center)
North Carolina enters the 2022-23 ranked No. 1 in many early preseason polls. The Tar Heels return four of five starters from last year”s team that made it to the Final Four before losing to Kansas in the National Championship game. Back for UNC are RJ Davis, Caleb Love, Leaky Black, and Armando Bacot and reserves including Puff Johnson and Dontrez Styles. The team’s offseason additions were Northwestern frontcourt transfer Pete Nance and three freshmen — guard Seth Trimble, wing Tyler Nickel, and forward Jalen Washington, plus forward Will Shaver who joined the program in January.
“The thing that I like about our team right now is there’s a hunger and a thirst and a desire and it’s coming from the returning payers, from what they experienced last year, and then the newness of the freshmen that are really excited,” Davis said during an offseason press conference. “Combining that together, I think we’re in a good spot. We’re always actively looking to improve our team and it’s not just about basketball. One thing we have is great chemistry.”
“Having that senior leadership is a huge part of us having success next year. We basically have our entire team coming back. Having that veteran leadership is huge in terms of developing a team.”
Fans got a first look at the 2022-23 squad late last month for the NLI-inspired Blue-White Scrimmage (video highlights). The Tar Heels were led by those returning veterans in that exhibition, as the high scorers were RJ Davis (24 points), Love (22 points), and Bacot (19 points, 20 rebounds).
UNC has an exhibition game vs. Johnson C. Smith scheduled on Oct. 28 and the season opener is Nov. 7 at the Smith Center against UNC Wilmington.