- Robbi Pickeral, College Basketball
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And it looks like a couple of former Tar Heels are coming back.
North Carolina’s full 2012-13 basketball schedule won’t be released until later this summer, but here’s what we know so far:
The Tar Heels are in negotiations to play UAB at the Smith Center. A contract has not been signed yet, team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Monday, but the game will mean a return for former UNC assistant coach Jerod Haase, who left Chapel Hill after last season to become head coach in Birmingham.
UNC will also play East Carolina (coached by former UNC player Jeff Lebo), Gardner-Webb, and UNLV at the Smith Center.
True road games will be at the Hoosiers, at Texas and at Long Beach State (on the way to the Maui Invitational).
As for the Maui Invitational, that field will include Butler, Texas, Illinois, Marquette, Southern Cal, Mississippi State and Chaminade.
And in the expanded 18-game ACC schedule, North Carolina will play NC State, Duke and Maryland twice, as well as Clemson once on the road, ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported. In addition, according to The News & Observer, UNC will play Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia twice, plus Virginia Tech and Wake Forest at home and Boston College on the road.
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