The UAB men's basketball team will play NCAA perennial power North Carolina in each of the next three seasons beginning with the 2012-13 campaign, according to an announcement Tuesday by head coach Jerod Haase.
The Tar Heels will welcome the Blazers for the first of the three games on Dec. 1, 2012 in Chapel Hill, N.C. UNC will then make a trip to Bartow Arena for a game during the 2013-14 season, with UAB returning back to the Dean Smith Center in 2014-15.
"Coach Haase and his staff have worked extremely hard to upgrade our schedule and we are excited to add a program the caliber of North Carolina for each of the next three years," UAB Director of Athletics Brian Mackin said. "This will be great for our program, our fans and the city of Birmingham."'
Haase, who coached alongside North Carolina head coach Roy Williams for 13 seasons before coming to UAB, said he was excited for the opportunity and is eager for the opportunity to coach against his mentor.
"Coach Williams proves to me once again that he is the most loyal guy in the world and someone who truly cares about his former players and coaches," Haase said. "For him to do this for me and the UAB program certainly speaks volumes about the type of person he is.
"The challenge needless to say is a huge one. North Carolina is arguably the top program in the country. At the same time, this presents a huge opportunity for us in terms of exposure for our program. We will have a team that is growing and hopefully it will be a learning experience and a good experience for our team."
This year's contest will mark the third time the Blazers and Tar Heels have met on the hardwood, with UNC winning each of the previous two contests.
In the last meeting between the two teams, North Carolina captured a 60-55 win at Bartow Arena in the 2010 NIT Quarterfinals in front of a sellout crowd of 8,889 fans.
The remainder of the Blazers' 2012-13 schedule is expected to be announced soon.