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Final Four TV times: UNC Tar Heels back in late slot for NCAA semifinals

North Carolina coach Roy Williams celebrates the Tar Heels’ 88-74 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA East Regional Final on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams celebrates the Tar Heels’ 88-74 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA East Regional Final on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. rwillett@newsobserver.com

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the North Carolina Tar Heels will get the latest game on Saturday's Final Four schedule.

The Tar Heels have had the latest game for three straight rounds in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The first round gave UNC its earliest tip-off time of the tournament - 7:20 p.m. against First Four winner Florida Gulf Coast. That was the only round in which the Tar Heels didn't close out the schedule on their game nights.

Saturday, North Carolina (32-6) will face ACC rival Syracuse (23-13) at 8:49 p.m. on TBS.

Which brings us to another pattern: Every UNC game in the NCAA tournament so far has been on TBS. And that won't change.

Every 2016 Final Four game is on TBS, so remember that channel position on your cable or satellite system. TBS is also available on Sling TV if you're a cord cutter.

If you’re away from a TV, the NCAA’s March Madness Live website and its apps are the way to go.

UNC'S TIP-OFF TIMES

Here's a quick look back at UNC's march to the 2016 Final Four with the scheduled tip-off times pulled from CharlotteObserver.com’s tournament TV schedules.

1st round: North Carolina 83, Florida Gulf Coast 67; tip-off: 7:20 p.m.

2nd round: North Carolina 85, Providence 66; tip-off: 9:40 p.m.

Sweet 16: North Carolina 101, Indiana 86; tip-off: 9:57 pm

Elite 8: North Carolina 88, Notre Dame 74; tip-off: 8:49 p.m.

FINAL FOUR TV TIMES

At NRG Stadium, Houston

National Semifinals

Saturday, April 2

Villanova (33-5) vs. Oklahoma (29-7), 6:09 p.m. (TBS)

North Carolina (32-6) vs. Syracuse (23-13), 8:49 p.m. (TBS)

National Championship

Monday, April 4

Semifinal winners, 9 p.m. (TBS)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

TBS on area cable, satellite systems

Time Warner Cable: Channel 24

AT&T U-Verse: Channel 112

Dish Network: Channel 139

DirecTV: Channel 247

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