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North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball

North Carolina Tar Heels
2014–15 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
North Carolina Tar Heels athletic logo
University University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
First season 1910
All-time record 2,114-755 (.737)
Conference ACC
Location Chapel Hill, NC
Head coach Roy Williams (12th year)
Arena Dean E. Smith Center
(Capacity: 21,750)
Nickname Tar Heels

Carolina Blue and White

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
Pre-tournament Helms champions
NCAA Tournament champions
1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009
NCAA Tournament runner up
1946, 1968, 1977, 1981
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1941, 1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
NCAA Tournament appearances
1941, 1946, 1957, 1959, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1945, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008
Conference regular season champions
1923, 1925, 1935, 1938, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

The North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball team of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have won five NCAA Tournament Championships (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009)[1] and were retroactively named the national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation for their undefeated season in 1924. North Carolina's five NCAA Tournament Championships are tied for third-most all-time.[2][3] They have also won 17 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles[4] and 29 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles[5] (including an Atlantic Coast Conference record 19 outright Regular Season Championships).[5] The program has produced many notable players who went on to play professionally, including Michael Jordan, and many assistant coaches who went on to become head coaches elsewhere.

The Tar Heels are currently #3 on the Division I all-time wins list. From the Tar Heels' first season in 1910–11 through the 2012–13 season, the Tar Heels have amassed a .737 all-time winning percentage (second highest all-time), winning 2,090 games and losing 745 games in 103 seasons.[6][7][8] The Tar Heels also have the most consecutive 20-win seasons, with 31 seasons from the 1970–71 season through the 2000–2001 season.[9] On March 2, 2010, North Carolina became the second college basketball program to reach 2,000 wins in its history. The Tar Heels are currently ranked 3rd all time in wins trailing Kentucky by a total of 21 games and Kansas by a total of 10 games. The Tar Heels are one of only four Division I Men's Basketball programs to have ever achieved 2,000 victories. Kentucky, Kansas, and Duke are the other three. The Tar Heels have appeared in the NCAA finals nine times, and have participated in a record 18 NCAA Final Fours,[10] have made it into the NCAA tournament 44 times (second-most all-time),[2][11] and have amassed a total of 109 victories (second most all-time).[2][11] North Carolina also won the National Invitation Tournament in 1971,[4] has appeared in two NIT Finals, and has made six appearances in the NIT Tournament.[4] Additionally, the team has been the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament 14 times, the latest being in 2012 (most #1 seeds all-time), has been ranked in the Top 25 in the AP Poll 808 weeks all time (#1 all-time),[12] has beaten #1 teams a record 12 times,[13] have the most consecutive 20-win seasons with 31,[14] and have the most consecutive top-3 ACC finishes with 37.[14] North Carolina has ended the season ranked in the Top-25 of the AP Poll 43 times and in the Top-25 of the Coaches' Poll 44 times. Further, the Tar Heels have finished the season ranked #1 in the AP Poll 5 times and ranked #1 in Coaches' Poll 5 times. In 2008, the Tar Heels received the first unanimous preseason #1 ranking in the history of either the Coaches' Poll[15] or the AP Poll.[16] In 2012, ESPN ranked North Carolina #1 on its list of the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years.[17]

All of these streaks ended in the 2001–02 season, when the Tar Heels finished 8–20 on the season under coach Matt Doherty. They also finished tied for 7th in conference play, behind Florida State and Clemson—only their second losing conference record ever (the first being in the ACC's inaugural season).

Additionally, the Tar Heels have an active 57 consecutive home game winning streak against Clemson, who has never beaten the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill."[18] Until the 2010 ACC Tournament, North Carolina was the only program to have never played a Thursday game in the ACC Tournament since it expanded to a four-day format. UNC is still the only men's basketball program to have played just once on Thursday of the ACC Tournament.

Team History

Early years

Coach Nathaniel Cartmell and the 1910–11 men's basketball team

North Carolina played its first basketball game against Virginia Christian, on January 27, 1911, a 42–21 win for North Carolina.[13] In 1921, North Carolina joined the Southern Conference.[19] The 1924 Tar Heels squad went 26–0 and was retroactively awarded the national championship by the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1936.[20] Overall, the Tar Heels played 32 seasons in the Southern Conference from 1921 to 1953. During that period they won 304 games and lost 111 for a winning percentage of 73.3%. The Tar Heels were winners of the regular season for nine times and won the Southern Conference Championships eight times.

Frank McGuire (1953–1961)

In 1953, North Carolina split from the Southern Conference and became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.[21] The Tar Heels won their first NCAA Championship under coach Frank McGuire in 1957, led that year by Lennie Rosenbluth and several other transplants from the New York City area. C.D. Chesley, a Washington, D.C. television producer, piped the 1957 championship game in Kansas City to a hastily-created network of stations across North Carolina, which helped prove pivotal in basketball becoming a craze in the state.[22] The 1957 National Championship game versus Wilt Chamberlain's Kansas Jayhawks was the only triple overtime final game in championship history.[23] North Carolina had defeated Michigan State 74-70 the previous night also in a triple overtime game.

In 1960, the Tar Heels were placed on NCAA probation for "improper recruiting entertainment" of basketball prospects-to date, the only time the basketball program has ever faced sanctions from the NCAA. As a result, they were barred from the 1961 NCAA tournament[24] and also withdrew from the 1961 ACC Tournament. Following the season, Chancellor William Aycock forced McGuire to resign. As a replacement, Aycock selected one of McGuire's assistants, Kansas alumnus Dean Smith.

Dean Smith (1961–1997)

Smith's early teams were not nearly as successful as McGuire's had been. His first team went only 8–9, and his first five teams never won more than 16 games. This grated on a fan base used to winning; in 1965 some of them even hanged him in effigy. However, Smith would go on to take the Tar Heels to heights no one had even contemplated.[25] When Smith retired in 1997, the Kansas graduate and Phog Allen disciple had the most wins ever of any NCAA Division I men's basketball coach with 879 wins, and the 9th highest winning percentage (77.6%)[26][27] During Smith's time as head coach, North Carolina won the ACC regular season championship 17 times, won the ACC tournament 13 times, won the NIT in Eric Montross. While at North Carolina, Smith helped promote desegregation by recruiting the University’s first African American scholarship basketball player Charlie Scott.[29]

Bill Guthridge (1997–2000)

Smith unexpectedly retired before the start of practice for the 1997–98 season. He was succeeded by Bill Guthridge, who had been an assistant coach at the school for 30 years, the last 25 as Smith's top assistant. During Guthridge's three seasons as head coach he posted an 80–28 record, making him tied for the then-NCAA record for most wins by a coach after three seasons.[30] The Tar Heels reached the NCAA Final Four twice, in the 1998 tournament and again in the 2000 tournament. North Carolina reached the Final Four in 2000 as an 8-seed, their lowest seeding in a Final Four appearance.[31]

Matt Doherty (2000–03)


Roy Williams (2003–present)

Despite the turnaround from the year before and the NIT appearance, at the end of the season Matt Doherty was replaced as head coach by Roy Williams. Williams had served as an assistant to Smith for 11 years before leaving to spend the first 15 years of his Hall of Fame head coaching career leading Kansas to 9 conference championships and four Final Fours before Smith convinced him to return home.

In Williams' first season, the Tar Heels finished 19–11 and were ranked in a final media poll for the first time in three years. They returned to the NCAA tournament and were ousted in the second round by Texas. The following year, the Tar Heels won their fourth NCAA title and Williams' first as a head coach.[33] After winning the championship, Williams lost his top seven scorers, but the 2005–06 season saw the arrival of freshman Tyler Hansbrough and Williams was named Coach of the Year. The Tar Heels swept the ACC regular season and tournament titles in 2007 and 2008. The 2008 ACC Tournament was the first time North Carolina has ever won the ACC Tournament without defeating at least one in-state rival during the tournament.[34] North Carolina lost in the national semifinals of the 2008 NCAA tournament to Williams' former program Kansas.

In the 2008-2009 season, the Tar Heels won their fifth NCAA title by defeating Michigan State in the championship of the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The Tar Heels won all six of that year's tournament games by at least 12 points, for an average victory margin of 20.2 points, and only trailed for a total of 10 minutes out of 240 through the entire tournament.[35] Wayne Ellington was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, the fourth Tar Heel so honored.

The 2009–2010 Tar Heels struggled throughout the regular season finishing with a 16–15 record,[36] and dropped to #3 in Division I in all-time wins. They later lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament, playing in the first "play-in" Thursday game for the first time since the ACC grew to 12 teams. The Tar Heels did not receive an NCAA tournament bid, and instead accepted a bid to the NIT.[37] During the season, the Tar Heels reached the 2,000-win milestone with a home win over Miami on March 2, 2010, becoming the second fastest college team to do so (North Carolina was in its 100th season of basketball at the time of this accomplishment). The Tar Heels were able to make it to the final game of the NIT, losing to Dayton in the final game finishing with a 20-17 record.

The 2010–2011 Tar Heels, with the addition of Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, and Reggie Bullock, eighth in the preseason polls, struggled out the gates, starting with a 2-2 record, the worst start since the 2001-2002 season. After losses to Illinois and Texas, the Tar Heels fell out of the rankings. The losses of senior Will Graves, to dismissal, and Larry Drew II, to transfer and also the unexpected off-season transfers of David and Travis Wear did not help matters. However, the Tar Heels improved greatly during the conference season, finishing first in the ACC regular season with a 14-2 record. Williams was named Conference Coach of the Year for his efforts of getting his team to work through the adversity to finish strong in the regular season.[38] Also during the season, the term Tar Heel Blue Steel was coined, referencing the Tar Heel men's basketball walk-ons. The term was started by one of the players, Stewart Cooper, in hopes that it would be a replacement for "walk-ons" and other less catchy names and soon enough Roy Williams caught on, as well as the rest of the Tar Heel Nation. North Carolina lost to Duke in the ACC Tournament Finals and made a significant run in the NCAA Tournament until they were eliminated in the Elite Eight by Kentucky, finishing with a 29-8 record.[39]

The 2011–2012 Tar Heels finished the regular season with a final record of 32-6, including a 14–2 record in ACC regular season play which allowed the team to win the conference regular season championship outright. The team fell to Florida State in the championship game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. The team was a #1 seed in the Midwest Regional of the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament; the team reached the Elite Eight and was defeated by Kansas 80-67. This defeat was the second time UNC lost to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament with Roy Williams as UNC head coach. Roy Williams (coach) previously coached Kansas from 1988–2003. The loss to Kansas was also UNC's second straight loss in the Elite Eight, after losing to Kentucky the year before. Kansas later fell to Kentucky 67-59 in the National Championship Game. Before the Kansas game, the Tar Heels won their previous three games in the NCAA Tournament by an average of 13.7 points. In the second round game versus Creighton, starting UNC point guard Kendall Marshall broke his right wrist with 10:56 remaining[40] in the second half with UNC leading 66-50. Marshall continued to play by dribbling primarily with his left hand, including getting fouled on a drive to the basket with 7:09 left in the second half. He left the game against Creighton with two minutes left with UNC leading 85-69. UNC coach Roy Williams announced Kendall Marshall's injury at the Creighton post-game press conference.[41] Kendall Marshall did not play in UNC's two following games in the NCAA Tournament, a 73-65 overtime win over Ohio in the Sweet 16 and the aforementioned 67-80 loss to Kansas in the Elite Eight. The 2013-2014 men's basketball team also made history this past season. By the seasons end, the North Carolina Tar Heels were the only team in the history of men's college basketball to beat the preseason's number 1,2,3 and 4 top ranked teams in the same season.


The Tar Heels own several notable streaks in the history of college basketball. They appeared in either the NCAA Tournament or National Invitation Tournament (NIT) every year from 1967 to 2001. This includes 27 straight appearances in the NCAA tourney from 1975 (the first year that competition allowed more than one team from a conference to get a guaranteed bid) to 2001—the longest such streak in tournament history. The Tar Heels also notched 37 straight winning seasons from 1964 to 2001, the third-longest such streak in NCAA history, behind UCLA's streak of 54 consecutive winning seasons from 1948 to 2001, and Syracuse's currently active streak of 42 seasons from 1971 to date. They also finished .500 or better for 39 years in a row from 1962 (Dean Smith's second year) to 2001, the third-longest such streak in NCAA history, behind Kentucky's streak of 61 consecutive seasons from 1926 to 1988 (the Wildcats were barred from playing in 1952-53 due to NCAA violations) and UCLA's 54-season streak.

From the ACC's inception in 1953 to 2001, the Tar Heels did not finish worse than a tie for fourth place in ACC play. By comparison, all of the ACC's other charter members finished last at least once in that time. From 1965 to 2001, they did not finish worse than a tie for third, and for the first 21 of those years they did not finish worse than a tie for second.

All of these streaks ended in the 2001–02 season, when the Tar Heels finished 8–20 on the season under coach Matt Doherty. They also finished tied for 7th in conference play, behind Florida State and Clemson—only their second losing conference record ever (the first being in the ACC's inaugural season).

Additionally, the Tar Heels have an active 57 consecutive home game winning streak against Clemson, although the Tigers have defeated the Tar Heels in regular season games in Charlotte and Greensboro.[42] Until the 2010 ACC Tournament, North Carolina was the only program to have never played a Thursday game in the ACC Tournament since it expanded to a four-day format.

By the Numbers

  • All Time Wins- 2090[43]
  • All Time Winning Percentage- .737[43]
  • NCAA Championships- 5[43]
  • NCAA Tournament Runner Up- 4[43]
  • All Americans- 49 players chosen 78 times[43]
  • ACC Regular Season Titles- 29[5][43]
  • ACC Tournament Titles- 17[43]
  • NCAA Championship Games- 9[44]
  • NCAA Final Fours- 18[44]
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances- 44[44]
  • NCAA Tournament Wins- 109[44]
  • #1 Seeds in the NCAA Tournament- 14[44]
  • Number of Weeks Ranked All Time in the Top-25 of the AP Poll- 808[45]
  • Number of Times Defeating the #1 Ranked Team in the Country- 12[45]
  • Pre-Tournament (Helm's) National Titles- 1[43]

Victories over AP Number 1 Team

North Carolina has a record 13 victories over the AP number one ranked team.[46][47][48][49]

  • Jan. 12, 1980 - No. 15 UNC 82, No. 1 Duke 67
  • Jan 18, 1989 - No. 13 UNC 91, No. 1 Duke 71
  • Mar. 17, 1990 - NR UNC 79, No. 1 Oklahoma, 77
  • Feb. 5, 1992 - No. 9 UNC 75, No. 1 Duke 73
  • Feb. 3, 1994 - No. 2 UNC 89, No. 1 Duke 78
  • Feb. 5, 1998 - No. 2 UNC 97, No. 1 Duke 73
  • Apr. 4, 2005 - No. 2 UNC 75, No. 1 Illinois 70
  • Mar. 4, 2006 - No. 13 UNC 83, No. 1 Duke 76
  • Dec. 4, 2013 - NR UNC 79, No. 1 Michigan State 65

Honored and retired jerseys

The Jerseys in the rafters.

Retired numbers

To have his number retired, a player must win one of the following six widely recognized player of the year awards:[50]

Eight players (including Jack Cobb, whose jersey did not have a number) have had their numbers retired. Tyler Hansbrough's number 50 is the eighth to be retired, after he won all six major player of the year awards during the 2007–08 season.[51]

North Carolina Tar Heels retired numbers[52]
No. Player Position Tenure
10 Lennie Rosenbluth SF 1954-57
12 Phil Ford PG 1974-78
20 George Glamack F 1938-41
23 Michael Jordan SG 1981-84
33 Antawn Jamison F 1995-98
50 Tyler Hansbrough PF, C 2005-09
52 James Worthy SF 1979-82
- Jack Cobb 1923-26

Forty-seven former North Carolina men's basketball players are honored in the Smith Center with banners representing their numbers hung from the rafters. Of the 47 honored jerseys, eight are retired.

Honored jerseys

To have his jersey honored, a player must have met one of the following criteria:[53]

Notable players and coaches

Tar Heels inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Year Player(s) Inducted As a
1970 Bernard Carnevale Coach
1977 Frank McGuire Coach
1983 Dean Smith Coach
1986 Billy Cunningham Player
2000 Robert McAdoo Player
2002 Larry Brown Coach
2003 James Worthy Player
2007 Roy Williams Coach
2009 Michael Jordan Player

Tar Heels in the Olympics

Year Tar Heel As a Country
1964 Larry Brown Player  United States
1968 Charles Scott Player
1972 Bobby Jones Player
1976 Walter Davis Player
1976 Phil Ford Player
1976 Bill Guthridge Asst. Coach
1976 Mitch Kupchak Player
1976 Tommy LaGarde Player
1976 Dean Smith Head Coach
1980 Al Wood Player
1984 Michael Jordan Player
1984 Sam Perkins Player
1988 J.R. Reid Player
1992 Michael Jordan Player
1992 Henrik Rödl Player  Germany
2000 Vince Carter Player  United States
2000 Larry Brown Asst. Coach
2004 Larry Brown Head Coach
2004 Roy Williams Asst. Coach

McDonald's All-Americans

The following 59 McDonald's All-Americans have played for North Carolina:[54]

Year Player Hometown
1977 Pete Budko Lutherville, MD
1977 Al Wood Gray, GA
1979 James Worthy Gastonia, NC
1979 Jim Braddock Chattanooga, TN
1980 Matt Doherty East Meadow, NJ
1980 Sam Perkins Latham, NY
1981 Buzz Peterson Asheville, NC
1981 Michael Jordan Wilmington, NC
1982 Brad Daugherty Black Mountain, NC
1982 Curtis Hunter Durham, NC
1983 Kenny Smith Queens, NY
1983 Dave Popson Ashley, PA
1983 Joe Wolf Kohler, WI
1985 Jeff Lebo Carlisle, PA
1985 Kevin Madden Staunton, VA
1986 Steve Bucknall London, GB
1986 Pete Chilcutt Eutaw, AL
1986 Scott Williams Hacienda Heights, CA
1986 J.R. Reid Virginia Beach, VA
1987 King Rice Binghamton, NY
1989 Matt Wenstrom Katy, TX
1989 George Lynch Roanoke, VA
1990 Eric Montross Indianapolis, IN
1990 Brian Reese The Bronx, NY
1990 Derrick Phelps Pleasantville, NY
1991 Donald Williams Garner, NC
1992 Serge Zwikker Maassluis, NL
1993 Jerry Stackhouse Kinston, NC
1993 Rasheed Wallace Philadelphia, PA
1993 Jeff McInnis Charlotte, NC
1995 Antawn Jamison Charlotte, NC
1995 Vince Carter Daytona Beach, FL
1996 Ed Cota Brooklyn, NY
1996 Vasco Evtimov Sofia, BG
1997 Brendan Haywood Greensboro, NC
1998 Ronald Curry Hampton, VA
1998 Jason Capel Chesapeake, VA
1998 Kris Lang Gastonia, NC
1999 Joseph Forte Greenbelt, MD
2000 Neil Fingleton Durham, UK
2001 Jawad Williams Cleveland, OH
2002 Rashad McCants Asheville, NC
2002 Sean May Bloomington, IN
2002 Raymond Felton Latta, SC
2004 Marvin Williams Bremerton, WA
2005 Tyler Hansbrough Poplar Bluff, MO
2005 Danny Green North Babylon, NY
2005 Bobby Frasor Blue Island, IL
2006 Brandan Wright Brentwood, TN
2006 Ty Lawson Clinton, MD
2006 Wayne Ellington Wynnewood, PA
2008 Larry Drew Woodland Hills, CA
2008 Ed Davis Richmond, VA
2008 Tyler Zeller Washington, IN
2009 David Wear Santa Ana, CA
2009 Travis Wear Santa Ana, CA
2009 Dexter Strickland Elizabeth, NJ
2009 John Henson Tampa, FL
2010 Kendall Marshall Dumfries, VA
2010 Reggie Bullock Kinston, NC
2010 Harrison Barnes Ames, IA
2011 James Michael McAdoo Norfolk, VA
2011 P. J. Hairston Greensboro, NC
2012 Marcus Paige Marion, Iowa
2013 Kennedy Meeks Charlotte, NC
2013 Isaiah Hicks Oxford, NC
2014 Justin Jackson Tomball, Texas
2014 Joel Berry Apopka, Fla.
2014 Theo Pinson Greensboro, N.C.

Mr. Basketball

The following players won their state's Mr. Basketball award in high school.

Year Player State Notes
1973 Tom LaGarde Michigan
1976 Dave Colescott Indiana
1983 Joe Wolf Wisconsin
1986 Scott Williams California
1987 Henrik Rodl North Carolina
1987 King Rice New York
1990 Clifford Rozier Florida Transferred to Louisville
1991 Donald Williams North Carolina
1995 Vince Carter Florida
1995 Antawn Jamison North Carolina
1998 Kris Lang North Carolina
2000 Adam Boone Minnesota Transferred to Minnesota
2002 Raymond Felton North Carolina
2002 Sean May Indiana
Brandan Wright Tennessee Div. II A
2005 Tyler Hansbrough Missouri
2006 Will Graves North Carolina
Leslie McDonald Tennessee Div. II AA
2008 Tyler Zeller Indiana
2010 Reggie Bullock North Carolina
2010 Harrison Barnes Iowa
2012 Marcus Paige Iowa
2012 Brice Johnson South Carolina
Joel Berry Florida
2013 Isaiah Hicks North Carolina
2014 Theo Pinson North Carolina

Current players in the NBA

NBA head coaches and executives

Other fields

NBA Assistant Coaches:

  • Dave Hanners — New Orleans Pelicans
  • Bob McAdoo — Miami Heat


Traditional Rivalries

Team UNC Record First Meeting Notes
Duke 133-104 1920 Carolina–Duke rivalry
NC State 148-76 1913 Carolina–State Game
Wake Forest 154-65 1911 Carolina–Wake rivalry

Other Major Programs

Team UNC Record First Meeting Notes
UCLA 7-3[55]
Kentucky 23-13 1924 Kentucky–North Carolina basketball rivalry
Kansas 6-4[56] 1957 First meeting was the 1957 national championship game.
Indiana 5-8[57]


NCAA tournament results

The Tar Heels have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 45 times. Their combined record is 110–43. They have appeared in 18 Final Fours, 9 National Title games and are 5 time National Champions (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009).

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1941 Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place Game
L 20–26
L 59–60
1946 Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Ohio State
Oklahoma A&M
W 57–49
W 60–57OT
L 40–43
1957 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Michigan State
W 90–74
W 87–75
W 67–58
W 74–703OT
W 54–533OT
1959 First Round Navy L 63–76
1967 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Boston College
W 78–70OT
W 96–80
L 62–76
L 62–84
1968 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
St. Bonaventure
Ohio State
W 91–72
W 70–66
W 80–66
L 55–78
1969 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
W 79–78
W 87–85
L 65–92
L 84–104
1972 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
South Carolina
Florida State
W 92–69
W 73–59
L 75–79
W 105–91
1975 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
New Mexico State
Boston College
W 93–69
L 78–76
W 110–90
1976 First Round Alabama L 64–79
1977 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Notre Dame
W 69–66
W 79–77
W 79–72
W 84–83
L 59–67
1978 First Round San Francisco L 64–68
1979 #1 Second Round #9 Penn L 71–72
1980 #3 Second Round #6 Texas A&M L 61–782OT
1981 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#10 Pittsburgh
#3 Utah
#8 Kansas State
#1 Virginia
#3 Indiana
W 74–61
W 61–56
W 82–68
W 78–65
L 50–63
1982 #1 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#9 James Madison
#4 Alabama
#3 Villanova
#6 Houston
#1 Georgetown
W 52–50
W 74–69
W 70–60
W 68–63
W 63–62
1983 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#10 James Madison
# 3 Ohio State
#4 Georgia
W 68–49
W 64–51
L 77–82
1984 #1 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#8 Temple
#4 Indiana
W 77–66
L 69–72
1985 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Middle Tennessee
#7 Notre Dame
#11 Auburn
#8 Villanova
W 76–57
W 60–58
W 62–56
L 44–56
1986 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Utah
#6 UAB
#2 Louisville
W 84–72
W 77–59
L 79–94
1987 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Penn
#9 Michigan
#5 Notre Dame
#2 Syracuse
W 113–82
W 109–97
W 74–68
L 75–79
1988 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 North Texas
#10 Loyola Marymount
#3 Michigan
#1 Arizona
W 83–65
W 123–97
W 78–69
L 52–70
1989 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Southern
#3 Michigan
W 93–79
W 88–81
L 87–92
1990 #8 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#9 SW Missouri State
#1 Oklahoma
#4 Arkansas
W 83–70
W 79–77
L 73–96
1991 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 Northeastern
#9 Villanova
#12 Eastern Michigan
#10 Temple
W 101–66
W 84–69
W 93–67
W 75–72
L 73–79
1992 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Miami (OH)
#5 Alabama
#1 Ohio State
W 68–63
W 64–55
L 73–80
1993 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 East Carolina
#8 Rhode Island
#4 Arkansas
#2 Kansas
#1 Michigan
W 85–65
W 112–67
W 80–74
W 75–68OT
W 78–68
W 77–71
1994 #1 First Round
Second Round
#16 Liberty
#9 Boston College
W 71–51
L 72–75
1995 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#15 Murray State
#7 Iowa State
#6 Georgetown
#1 Kentucky
#2 Akransas
W 80–70
W 73–51
W 74–64
W 74–61
L 68–75
1996 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 New Orleans
#3 Texas Tech
W 83–62
L 73–92
1997 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 Fairfield
#9 Colorado
#5 California
#6 Louisville
#4 Arizona
W 82–74
W 73–56
W 63–57
W 97–74
L 58–66
1998 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 Navy
#8 Charlotte
#4 Michigan State
#2 Connecticut
#3 Utah
W 88–52
W 93–83OT
W 73–58
W 75–64
L 59–65
1999 #3 First Round #14 Weber State L 74–76
2000 #8 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#9 Missouri
#1 Stanford
#4 Tennessee
#7 Tulsa
#5 Florida
W 84–70
W 60–53
W 74–69
W 59–55
L 59–71
2001 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Princeton
#7 Penn State
W 70–48
L 74–82
2004 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Air Force
#3 Texas
W 63–52
L 75–78
2005 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Oakland
#9 Iowa State
#5 Villanova
#6 Wisconsin
#5 Michigan State
#1 Illinois
W 96–68
W 92–65
W 67–66
W 88–82
W 87–71
W 75–70
2006 #10 First Round
Second Round
#7 California
#2 Texas
W 58–52
L 54–75
2007 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Eastern Kentucky
#9 Michigan State
#5 USC
#2 Georgetown
W 86–65
W 81–67
W 74–64
L 96–84OT
2008 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 Mount St. Mary's
#9 Arkansas
#4 Washington State
#3 Louisville
#1 Kansas
W 113–74
W 108–77
W 68–47
W 83–73
L 66–84
2009 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Radford
#8 LSU
#4 Gonzaga
#2 Oklahoma
#3 Villanova
#2 Michigan State
W 101–58
W 77–63
W 98–77
W 72–60
W 83–69
W 89–72
2011 #2 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Long Island
#7 Washington
#11 Marquette
#4 Kentucky
W 102–87
W 86–83
W 81–63
L 69–76
2012 #1 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Vermont
#8 Creighton
#13 Ohio
#2 Kansas
W 77–58
W 87–73
W 73–65OT
L 67–80
2013 #8 Second Round
Third Round
#9 Villanova
#1 Kansas
W 78–71
L 58–70
2014 #6 Second Round
Third Round
#11 Providence
#3 Iowa State
W 79–77
L 83–85

NIT results

The Tar Heels have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) five times. Their combined record is 13–5. They were NIT champions in 1971.

Year Round Opponent Result
1970 First Round Manhattan L 90–95
1971 First Round
Georgia Tech
W 90–49
W 86–79
W 73–69
W 84–66
1973 First Round
3rd Place Game
Oral Roberts
Notre Dame
W 82–65
W 73–63
L 71–78
W 88–69
1974 First Round Purdue L 71–82
2003 First Round
Second Round
W 83–72
W 90–74
L 74–79
2010 First Round
Second Round
William & Mary
Mississippi State
Rhode Island
W 80–72
W 76–74
W 60–55
W 68–67OT
L 59–67

Carolina Basketball Museum

The Carolina Basketball Museum[58][59] is located in the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center and contains 8,000 square feet.[60] It was built to replace the old memorabilia room in the Dean Smith Center.[60] Designed by Gallagher & Associates, the cost of construction was $3.4 million.[60] The museum opened in January 2008.[61][62]

Milestone wins

Type of Win Score Opponent & Location
1st Win 42–21 Virginia Christian, Jan. 27, 1911
100th Win 29–23 at Duke, Mar. 7, 1922
200th Win 45–14 Salisbury YMCA, Dec. 10, 1927
300th Win 24–23 at Virginia, Jan. 29, 1934
400th Win 42–38 at Ashebero McCrary Eagles, Dec. 30, 1939
500th Win 55–28 NC State in Southern Conf. Tournament, Feb. 22, 1945
600th Win 64–42 South Carolina, Jan. 18, 1950
700th Win 63–55 Wake Forest in Dixie Classic, Dec. 29, 1956
800th Win 100–71 Virginia at Greensboro, NC, Jan. 13, 1962
900th Win 82–54 Georgia Tech at Charlotte, NC, Jan. 27, 1968
1000th Win 92–72 Maryland, Jan. 29, 1972
1100th Win 79–74 Georgia Tech at Charlotte, NC, Feb. 6, 1976
1200th Win 73–70 (OT) Rutgers at Madison Square Garden, Feb. 14, 1980
1300th Win 64–51 St. John's at Madison Square Garden, Dec. 29, 1983
1400th Win 96–80 Clemson, Feb. 21, 1987
1500th Win 92–70 NC State, Feb. 7, 1991
1600th Win 90–67 Pittsburgh, Nov. 29, 1994
1700th Win 60–45 Virginia, Feb. 11, 1998
1800th Win 68–65 Connecticut, Jan. 18, 2003
1900th Win 77–61 Georgia Tech, Jan. 20, 2007
2000th Win 69–62 Miami, Mar. 2, 2010
2100th Win 84–51 UNC Wilmington, Dec. 31, 2013
1st ACC Win 82–56 South Carolina, Dec. 12, 1953
1st ACC Tournament Win 81–77 Virginia at Raleigh, NC, Mar. 1, 1956
1st Win in the ACC Final 95–75 South Carolina at Raleigh, NC, Mar. 9, 1957
1st NCAA Tournament Win 57–49 NYU at Madison Square Garden, Mar. 21, 1946
1st NCAA Championship 54–53 (3 OT) Kansas at Kansas City, MO, Mar. 23, 1957
1st Win under Dean Smith 80–46 Virginia, Dec. 2, 1961
1st Final Four under Dean Smith 96–80 Boston College at College Park, MD, Mar. 18, 1967
Dean Smith's 1st NCAA Title 63–62 Georgetown at New Orleans, LA, Mar. 29, 1982
Last Win in Carmichael Auditorium 80–72 William & Mary, Mar. 16, 2010
1st Win in Smith Center 95–92 Duke, Jan. 18, 1986
Dean Smith's 2nd NCAA Title 77–71 Michigan at New Orleans, LA, Apr. 5, 1993
877th Win under Dean Smith 73–56 Colorado at Winston-Salem, NC, Mar. 15, 1997
1st Win under Bill Guthridge 84–56 Middle Tennessee State, Nov. 14, 1997
500th ACC Win 61–60 Florida State, Feb. 8, 2003
1st Win under Roy Williams 90–64 Old Dominion, Nov. 22, 2003
1st Final Four under Roy Williams 87–71 Michigan State at St. Louis, MO, Apr. 2, 2005
Roy Williams' 1st NCAA Title 75–70 Illinois at St. Louis, MO, Apr. 4, 2005
17th ACC Tournament Title 86–81 Clemson at Charlotte, NC, Mar. 16, 2008
18th Final Four 72–60 Villanova at Memphis, TN, Mar. 29, 2009
Roy Williams' 2nd NCAA Title 89–72 Michigan State at Detroit, MI, Apr. 6, 2009
600th ACC Win 68-53 Wake Forest at Winston-Salem, NC January 31, 2012

UNC junior varsity basketball team

The UNC junior varsity basketball team was originally used at North Carolina as freshmen teams because freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity team until the NCAA granted freshmen eligibility in the 1970s.

After most schools decided to disband their J.V. squads, North Carolina's athletic department opted to keep the team so that non-scholarship students were given the chance to play basketball for UNC. North Carolina also uses their J.V. team as a way for varsity assistant coaches to gain experience as head coaches. Roy Williams was a J.V. coach for eight years before he was hired at Kansas.

Students at UNC are only allowed to play on the team for two years, and then they are given a chance to try out for the varsity. The J.V. team also serves as a way for coaches to evaluate players for two years on the J.V. so they will better know what to expect when they try out for varsity later in their careers.

UNC's J.V. team plays a combination of teams from Division II and III schools, some community colleges, and a few prep schools from around the North Carolina area.



Home venues

Bynum Gymnasium, the first home of the team


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