As part of its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, the Tulane men's basketball team will face reigning national champion North Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

As part of its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, the Tulane men's basketball team will face reigning national champion North Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The game marks the third and final installment of the Green Wave's three-year series with the Tar Heels that began during the 2015-16 season.

Tulane and North Carolina will clash for the 17th time in history, as the Tar Heels came away with a victory in New Orleans in last year's season opener at the Smoothie King Center. UNC also earned a win over Green Wave on its home court inside the Dean Smith Center on December 16, 2015.

The contest will also mark the 10th time Tulane will face a reigning national championship team and the first occasion since taking on Connecticut in 2014-15. Other instances include North Carolina (1982-83), Indiana (1981-82), Louisville (1980-81), UCLA (1969-70), Kentucky (1948-49, 1951-52 and 1958-59) and Kansas (1952-53).

Led by head coach Roy Williams, North Carolina compiled a 33-7 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), including an unblemished 16-0 ledger on its home court in 2016-17. The Tar Heels' journey through the NCAA Tournament included victories over Texas Southern, Arkansas, Butler, Kentucky, Oregon and Gonzaga en route to their sixth title.

The Green Wave and Tar Heels have met on the hardwood in six different decades: the 1920's (four times), the 1960's (four times), the 1970's (four times), the 1980's (once), the 1990's (once) and the 2010's (three times). The programs first dueled on March 3, 1925 in the Southern Conference Tournament in Atlanta.

For its second year under head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr., Tulane returns three starters and its top two scorers for the 2017-18 campaign, including redshirt senior and 2017 American Athletic Conference Most Improved Player of the Year Cameron Reynolds, who led the team in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (6.8) last season. Rising junior Melvin Frazier ranked first in the conference in steals per game (1.9) and second on the team in scoring (11.5), while rising sophomore Ray Ona Embo was named American Conference Rookie of the Week two times.