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UNC’s men’s basketball program to be featured in series on the ACC Network

The ACC Network and UNC announced that the school’s basketball program will be featured on the network in a multi-part series that chronicles its 2019-20 basketball season. It’s expected to start airing in October.

The network will follow practices, games, team bonding activities, pick-up games and Late Night with Roy for the show.

The network will follow the team for the entire regular season. Cameras have already begun filming for the show, Steve Kirschner, a UNC spokesperson said Thursday. UNC has held a handful of basketball practices this offseason.

The series will air monthly throughout the 2019-20 regular season, Amy Ufnowski, a spokesperson for the ACC Network, said. She added that it will appear exclusively on the ACC Network and not on ESPN+.

The network previously announced an all-access program that will follow Clemson and Louisville football.

This is the first time North Carolina has been the centerpiece of a “behind-the-scenes,” or an “all-access” show similar to this.

The Tar Heels finished the 2018-19 season 29-7 and lost in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. Despite losing their top five scorers from that team, the Tar Heels will likely enter the 2019-20 season as one of the top teams in the country after securing one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.

The Tar Heels also return a number of key pieces from the 2018-19 team, including Garrison Brooks, Leaky Black and Brandon Robinson.

Roy Williams, who is in both the Naismith and College Basketball Hall of Fame, is entering his 17th season as the head coach at UNC. He spent the previous 15 years as head coach at Kansas.

The ACC Network, which launches on Aug. 22, has agreements with DirecTV, Verizon Fios, Google Fiber, Hulu Live, Optium/Altice, Sony PlayStation Vue and NCTC to carry the network.

It is still in negotiations with other television providers.

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Jonathan M. Alexander has been covering the North Carolina Tar Heels since May 2018. He previously covered Duke basketball and recruiting in the ACC. He is an alumnus of N.C. Central University.
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