North Carolina coming to Roberts to play UE

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - It might be the biggest game on UE's basketball schedule and it's now set.

UE Director of Athletics John Stanley and Basketball Coach Marty Simmons announced Monday that the Purple Aces will take on coach Roy Williams' University of North Carolina Tar Heels on Wednesday, December 8 at Roberts Stadium.

It will be the second game in a three-game series between Evansville and North Carolina. The first was a 91-73 North Carolina victory at Chapel Hill two years ago during the Tar Heels' march to the 2009 NCAA championship. The final game of the series is scheduled for the 2011-12 season at Chapel Hill.

Season tickets are the only way to guarantee seats for the North Carolina game. Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal information in the mail in approximately two to three weeks.

The UE athletic ticket office at Carson Center will open Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. to take new season ticket orders. Should tickets remain available following the season ticket renewal process, they will go on sale closer to the start of the season.

"No doubt this is a big game for our players, and especially for our fans," Simmons said. "When you talk about North Carolina and Roy Williams, you're talking about the elite level of college basketball. They have never played in Evansville, and may never again. This is a special opportunity for our fans, and for all college basketball fans in the Tri-State."

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