It’s official! UNCW hoops to host UNC, travel twice to Chapel Hill in next 3 seasons


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many basketball fans in the Port City will finally see their hoop dream come true.

According to a contract between the two schools obtained by WWAY, the North Carolina Tar Heels and UNCW Seahawks men’s basketball teams will meet December 5 in Chapel Hill. No time for the game has been set.

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The contract is dated April 2. UNC Athletics Director Larry Cunningham signed it Thursday. UNCW’s Jimmy Bass signed it a day later.

It is a three-year, two-for-one series with the Heels traveling to Trask Coliseum during the 2019-2020 season and the two teams meeting once again at the Dean Dome during the 2020-2021 season. No dates have been set for the last two games.

The contract calls for a $100,000 “Amount of Guarantee” for the first game to be paid to UNCW. A guarantee is typically paid by the home team to the visiting team. The Amount of Guarantee for games two and three is $0. Any team who breaks the contract owes the other $100,000.

A visit by the Tar Heels has long been rumored since UNCW hired C.B. McGrath as head coach last year. McGrath spent 18 years as an assistant under Roy Williams, including 14 years at UNC after four years together at Kansas.

UNCW last played UNC in the regular season on New Year’s Eve 2013. That’s when former Tar Heel Buzz Peterson coached the Seahawks at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heel won that game 84-51.

Back in November, the two teams were among the four that took part in a jamboree in Chapel Hill to benefit the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund. The Tar Heels topped the Seahawks in their head-to-head battle. The even also included UNC Greensboro and East Carolina.

A match-up this season with the Tar Heels would mean a second game against a major conference team early in the season for the Seahawks. Last month UNCW announced it will host Stanford of the Pac-12 on November 9. The two teams will meet again in Palo Alto, CA, the following season.