Oct 26, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Leslie McDonald (2) scores in an exhibition game at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Basketball: A Look at the Soft and Tough Spots on Carolina's schedule

The North Carolina Tar Heels 2012-2013 schedule isn’t very difficult. It could get harder depending on what happens in the Maui Invitational. Here are some tough and soft games on the Heel’s schedule.

Nov. 9 vs Gardner-Webb

This will be the opener for the Tar Heels . I except some ups and downs during this game because it is a young team. In the end, the Tar Heels should win by 15-20 points at least.

Nov. 19 vs Mississippi State

This is their first game of the Maui Invitational and this is no cupcake. This is a game UNC should win, but if they underestimate them, you never know. Heels should win by 10.

Nov.27 at Indiana

The Heels first huge test on the road and it is against the number one ranked team in the country. Cody Zeller will pose problems for the Tar Heels . Joel James will be up against Zeller, but it might be a bit much to ask him to slow down the preseason All-American. The Tar Heels I believe will suffer their first lost here.

Dec.29 vs UNLV

UNLV game the Tar Heels a surprising lost last season. The Tar Heels will have to deal with one of the best players in the Mountain West in Mike Moser. UNLV is currently ranked 18 in the country and should provide the Heels a good challenge. The Rebels are well coached and have a mix of veteran and talented freshmen.

Jan 26. at NC State

We will finally see if the Wolfpack are for real. They have been beaten by the Tar Heels every time in the 2010s. State is as talented as they have been in maybe 20 years. I’m not a believer in NC State in winning the ACC, but they can prove their doubters wrong with a win over their biggest rival. Anytime UNC goes into Raleigh, I expect a tough game and it is no different here.

Feb.13 at Duke

Best rivalry in college basketball by far. Not really a need to build this game up, but the heels will get to measure themselves against  Coach K and the Blue Devils.

The Tar Heels doesn’t have the toughest schedule in college basketball, but they do have some tough games ahead.

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