UNC will play in 2023 Battle for Atlantis

North Carolina basketball returns to heaven. According a report by Jon Rothstein, the Tar Heels will compete in the 2023 Battle for Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas as part of their 2023-24 non-conference schedule. Held inside the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, the event usually takes place during Thanksgiving week.

The Battle for Atlantis 2023 slate also includes Villanova, Arkansas, Michigan, Memphis, Oklahoma, Stanford and northern Iowa.

UNC last played in the Battle for Atlantis tournament in November 2019. The Tar Heels went 2-1. They beat Alabama 76-67, lost to eventual tournament champion Michigan 73-64, then beat Oregon 78-74 in the third-place game.

This team included freshmen Cole Anthony and Armando Bacot as well as Leaky Black, Garrison Brooks, Brandon Robinson, Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce.

College basketball teams can rotate into non-conference tournaments every four seasons. Historically, UNC has always been selected in the Battle of Atlantis and the Maui Invitational every four years. The 2020 Maui Invitational was held in Asheville, North Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tar Heels will likely play in the 2024 Maui Invitational.

UNC’s Armando Bacot vs. Oregon in Battle for Atlantis 2019 (Photo: Jim Hawkins, Inside Carolina)

UNC ACC slate and home and away schedule for the next three seasons was released on Wednesday.

In 2022-23, North Carolina will play home and away series with Duke, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Tar Heels will play home games against Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami and road games at Florida State, Louisville, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

Far from home: Duke, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Virginia, Wake Forest
Only at home: Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami
Outside only: Florida State, Louisville, Syracuse, Virginia Tech

Far from home: Duke, NC State, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Syracuse
Only at home: Louisville, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Outside only: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Virginia

Far from home: Duke, NC State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Virginia Tech
Only at home: State of Florida, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia
Outside only: Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, Wake Forest

North Carolina is expected to enter the 2022-23 season as one of the top-ranked teams in the nation. The Tar Heels fire four of five starters from the 2021-22 team that went to the Final Four and lost to Kansas in the national championship game. UNC is bringing back starters RJ Davis, Caleb Love, Leaky Black and All-ACC first-team big man Armando Bacot. The Tar Heels are also returning in Puff Johnson and Dontrez style, who are expected to play bigger roles next season, alongside Justin McKoy and D’Marco Dunn.

Freshmen Seth Trimble, Tyler Nickel, Jalen Washington and Will Shaver will all be on campus by Thursday to start the second semester of summer school and immerse themselves in the Carolina basketball program .

UNC has one scholarship that remains open.

Tar Heel head coach Hubert Davis spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon at the Smith Center.

“One of the things I told them last year was always to block out noise — negative noise, whether it’s from the phone or from family or friends,” Davis said. “It’s something that I felt like our team had done a much better job of, whether it was putting it out or turning it down last year. And so when they came back to campus ( this year) we had a meeting and I just wanted to set the tone and let them know where I’m from I told them this year a huge determining factor and the biggest key for us now is positive noise “Oh, you’re great. You’re in this lane too soon top 25, you’re ranked number one”, which Absolutely means nothing. “You go back to the Final Four, you have four starters coming back.” It’s noise. And for us to focus on what’s real and that’s our preparation, our practice and how we can improve this summer to eventually put ourselves in a position where we were last year and see what happens. But I don’t take them easily. I come stronger against them.”

“I’m just that kind of guy. I’m ready to go…I’m ready to compete?”