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North Carolina Basketball: 5 Games You Must Watch In 2014-15

North Carolina Basketball: 5 Games You Must Watch In 2014-15

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With the addition of several elite basketball programs to the ACC, there are easily more than five must-watch in-conference games that Tar Heels fans should check out in the 2014-15 season. Toss in a few highly-anticipated non-conference games, and North Carolina will seemingly be playing in a must-see game every week. With so much hoops to check out, I've done you the favor of narrowing that long list down. Don't miss these five clashes.

5. North Carolina vs. Iowa

North Carolina vs Iowa Basketball 2014-2015 Games To Watch
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5. North Carolina vs. Iowa

North Carolina vs Iowa Basketball 2014-2015 Games To Watch
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The latest edition of the ACC/Big Ten challenge will pit the Tar Heels and the Hawkeyes, who are coming off their best season in recent memory. After traveling to East Lansing to defeat Michigan State in the challenge last season, North Carolina will likely get to host Iowa. While Fran McCaffery's team lost some key players, including Devyn Marble, they will be salivating at the opportunity to make a statement against a premier program like UNC.

4. North Carolina vs. Syracuse

North Carolina vs Syracuse Basketball 2014-2015 Games To Watch
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4. North Carolina vs. Syracuse

North Carolina vs Syracuse Basketball 2014-2015 Games To Watch
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In their only matchup of the year, Syracuse will travel to Chapel Hill to take on a Tar Heels team chomping at the bit to avenge their 2013-14 road loss to their new conference rival. Both teams lost players to the NBA Draft, but unlike the majority of the college basketball world, these programs are constantly reloading with talent. UNC will be looking to remind Syracuse that no one just comes in and assumes a place atop the ACC pecking order.

3. North Carolina vs. Ohio State (In Chicago)

North Carolina vs Ohio State Basketball 2014-2015 Games To Watch
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3. North Carolina vs. Ohio State (In Chicago)

North Carolina vs Ohio State Basketball 2014-2015 Games To Watch
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In what will be one of college basketball's best events of the 2014-15 season, North Carolina and Ohio State will battle at the United Center in Chicago as part of a doubleheader for the first-ever CBS Sports Classic. The Buckeyes are coming off an unexpected early loss in the NCAA tournament and lost key leadership to graduation, but still figure to be among the Big Ten's best teams.

2. North Carolina vs. Duke

North Carolina vs. Duke Basketball 2014-2015 Games To Watch
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2. North Carolina vs. Duke

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It's rare for UNC-Duke to be second-best in anything, but the 2014-15 clashes will serve as the exception. That isn't to say the next installment of college hoops' greatest rivalry will be any less important or thrilling. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils split their 2013-14 games, but North Carolina's late-season loss to Duke cost the Heels their 12-game win streak and the momentum they were building for a tourney run. Revenge is on the menu.

1. North Carolina at Louisville

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1. North Carolina at Louisville

North Carolina vs Louisville 2014-2015 Games To Watch
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The ACC's newest conference member will square off with the Tar Heels twice in 2014-15 with yet another talented team thanks to the return of Montrezl Harrell, who is from North Carolina. While both games will be intriguing, UNC's trip to Louisville will usher in the type of raucous crowd that makes college hoops so exciting. Louisville's recent national success, coupled with their new ACC affiliation, puts this game over UNC-Duke.

Michael Briggs is a College Football Writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.