North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
|North Carolina Tar Heels|
|University||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|All-time record||2,090-745 (.737)|
|Location||Chapel Hill, NC|
|Head coach||Roy Williams (10th year)|
|Arena||Dean E. Smith Center
Carolina Blue and White
|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|
|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.23 They have also won 17 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles4 and 29 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles5 (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.678 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 one of only three Division I Men's Basketball programs to have ever achieved 2,000 victories. The Tar Heels have appeared in the NCAA finals nine times, have participated in a record 18 NCAA Final Fours,10 have made it into the NCAA tournament 44 times (second-most all-time),211 and have amassed a total of 109 victories (second most all-time).211 North Carolina also won the National Invitation Tournament in 1971,4 has appeared in two NIT Finals, and has made five 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' Poll15 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 56 consecutive home game winning streak against Clemson,18 who has never beaten the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill since the first game between the two teams in 1926 at Chapel Hill (as of the 2011–12 season). The 56th consecutive win is an NCAA record in a head-to-head matchup. 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.
- 1 Team history
- 2 Streaks
- 3 By the Numbers
- 4 Honored and retired jerseys
- 5 Notable players and coaches
- 5.1 Awards
- 5.2 All-Americans
- 5.3 All-ACC Players
- 5.4 All-Southern Conference Players
- 5.5 Tar Heels inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- 5.6 Tar Heels in the NBA Draft
- 5.7 Tar Heels with NBA championship rings
- 5.8 Tar Heel NBA All-Star Game appearances
- 5.9 Tar Heels in the Olympics
- 5.10 McDonald's All-Americans
- 5.11 Mr. Basketball
- 5.12 Current players in the NBA
- 5.13 NBA head coaches and executives
- 5.14 Other fields
- 6 Rivalries
- 7 Carolina Basketball Museum
- 8 Milestone wins
- 9 UNC junior varsity basketball team
- 10 Seasons
- 11 Records
- 12 Home venues
- 13 References
- 14 External links
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.
In 1953, North Carolina split from the Southern Conference and became a founding member of the [[Atlantic Coast Conference(ACC) ]].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 tournament24 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.
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%)2627 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 1971, went to the NCAA tournament 27 times, appeared in 11 Final Fours, and won two NCAA national tournament titles, in 1982 and 1993.28 The 1982 National Championship team was led by James Worthy, Sam Perkins, and a young Michael Jordan. The 1993 National Championship team starred Donald Williams, George Lynch and Eric Montross. While at North Carolina, Smith helped promote desegregation by recruiting the University’s first African American scholarship basketball player Charlie Scott.29
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 a 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
Guthridge retired in 2000 and North Carolina turned to Matt Doherty, the head coach at Notre Dame and a player on the 1982 championship team, to lead the Tar Heels.32 Doherty had little success while at North Carolina. In his first season, the Heels were ranked #1 in the polls in the middle of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule and finished with a 26–7 record. But Doherty's second season was the worst in recent history as the Tar Heels finished the season with a record of 8–20, missing postseason play entirely for the first time since the 1965–66 season (including a record 27 straight NCAA Tournament appearances) and finishing with a losing record for the first time since 1962 (Dean Smith's first year as coach). They also finished 4–12 in the ACC—only the program's second losing ACC record ever. The 12 losses were six more than the Tar Heels had ever suffered in a single season of ACC play, and placed them in a tie for 7th place—the program's first finish below fourth place ever. The season also saw the end of UNC's run of 31 straight 20-win seasons and 35 straight seasons of finishing third or higher in the ACC. After bringing in one of the top 5 incoming classes for the 2002–2003 season, the Tar Heels started the season by knocking off a top 5 Kansas team and going on to win the Preseason NIT and returning to the AP top 25. North Carolina went on to finish the season 17–15, missing the NCAA tournament. Matt Doherty led the Tar Heels to the third round of the NIT, where they ended their season with a loss to Georgetown.
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 67-80. 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 59-67 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 remaining40 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 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 39 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.
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. 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. By comparison, all of the ACC's other charter members finished first at least once and last at least once in that time.
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 56 consecutive home game winning streak against Clemson,18 who has never beaten the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill since the first game between the two teams in 1926 at Chapel Hill (as of the 2011–12 season). The 56th consecutive win is an NCAA record in a head-to-head matchup. 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.
- All Time Wins- 209042
- All Time Winning Percentage- .73742
- NCAA Championships- 542
- NCAA Tournament Runner Up- 442
- All Americans- 49 players chosen 78 times42
- ACC Regular Season Titles- 29542
- ACC Tournament Titles- 1742
- NCAA Championship Games- 943
- NCAA Final Fours- 1843
- NCAA Tournament Appearances- 4443
- NCAA Tournament Wins- 10943
- #1 Seeds in the NCAA Tournament- 1443
- Number of Weeks Ranked All Time in the Top-25 of the AP Poll- 80844
- Number of Times Defeating the #1 Ranked Team in the Country- 1244
- Pre-Tournament (Helm's) National Titles- 142
To have his number retired, a player must win one of the following six widely recognized player of the year awards:45
- Associated Press Player of the Year
- Oscar Robertson Trophy, formerly known as the United States Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Year
- National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year
- Sporting News Player of the Year
- John R. Wooden Award
- Naismith College Player of the Year
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.46
|North Carolina Tar Heels retired numbers47|
|50||Tyler Hansbrough||PF, C||2005-09|
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.
To have his jersey honored, a player must have met one of the following criteria:48
- MVP of a National Championship-winning team
- Member of a gold medal-winning Olympic team
- First- or second-team All-America
- ACC Player of the Year
- NCAA Tournament MOP
National Coach of the Year:
ACC Coach of the Year:
1977, 1979, 1988, 1993
National Player of the Year:
ACC Rookie of the Year:
ACC Player of the Year:
ACC Tournament MVP's:
ACC Athletes of the Year:
Academic All-American of the Year:
(*) Denotes honorable mention
|1967||Billy Cunningham||Player||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1976||Charles Scott||Player||Boston Celtics|
|1978||Mitch Kupchak||Player||Washington Bullets|
|1979||Tommy LaGarde||Player||Seattle SuperSonics|
|1982||Mitch Kupchak||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1982||Robert McAdoo||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1983||Billy Cunningham||Head Coach||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1983||Bobby Jones||Player||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1985||Mitch Kupchak||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1985||Robert McAdoo||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1985||James Worthy||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1987||Mitch Kupchak||Asst. GM||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1987||James Worthy||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1988||Mitch Kupchak||Asst. GM||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1988||James Worthy||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1991||Michael Jordan||Player||Chicago Bulls|
|1991||Scott Williams||Player||Chicago Bulls|
|1992||Michael Jordan||Player||Chicago Bulls|
|1992||Scott Williams||Player||Chicago Bulls|
|1993||Michael Jordan||Player||Chicago Bulls|
|1993||Scott Williams||Player||Chicago Bulls|
|1994||Kenny Smith||Player||Houston Rockets|
|1995||Pete Chilcutt||Player||Houston Rockets|
|1995||Kenny Smith||Player||Houston Rockets|
|1996||Michael Jordan||Player||Chicago Bulls|
|1997||Michael Jordan||Player||Chicago Bulls|
|1998||Michael Jordan||Player||Chicago Bulls|
|2000||Rick Fox||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2000||Mitch Kupchak||General Manager||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2001||Rick Fox||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2001||Mitch Kupchak||General Manager||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2002||Rick Fox||Player||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2002||Mitch Kupchak||General Manager||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2004||Larry Brown||Head Coach||Detroit Pistons|
|2004||Dave Hanners||Asst. Coach||Detroit Pistons|
|2004||John Kuester||Asst. Coach||Detroit Pistons|
|2004||Pat Sullivan||Video Coordinator||Detroit Pistons|
|2004||Rasheed Wallace||Player||Detroit Pistons|
|2006||Robert McAdoo||Asst. Coach||Miami Heat|
|2009||Mitch Kupchak||General Manager||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2010||Mitch Kupchak||General Manager||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2011||Brendan Haywood||Player||Dallas Mavericks|
|2012||Robert McAdoo||Asst. Coach||Miami Heat|
|2013||Robert McAdoo||Asst. Coach||Miami Heat|
|Vince Carter||8 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)|
|Billy Cunningham||4 (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)|
|Brad Daugherty||5 (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993)|
|Walter Davis||6 (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1987)|
|Antawn Jamison||2 (2005, 2008)|
|Bobby Jones||4 (1977, 1978, 1981, 1982)|
|Michael Jordan||14 (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988*, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996*, 1997, 1998*, 2002, 2003)|
|Robert McAdoo||5 (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)|
|Charles Scott||3 (1973, 1974, 1975)|
|Lee Shaffer||1 (1963)|
|Jerry Stackhouse||2 (2000, 2001)|
|Rasheed Wallace||4 (2000, 2001, 2006, 2008)|
|James Worthy||7 (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)|
- (*) Denotes All-Star Game MVP
|Year||Tar Heel||As a||Country|
|1964||Larry Brown||Player||United States|
|1976||Bill Guthridge||Asst. Coach|
|1976||Dean Smith||Head Coach|
|2000||Vince Carter||Player||United States|
|2000||Larry Brown||Asst. Coach|
|2004||Larry Brown||Head Coach|
|2004||Roy Williams||Asst. Coach|
|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|
The following players won their state's Mr. Basketball award in high school.
|1987||Henrik Rodl||North Carolina|
|1987||King Rice||New York|
|1990||Clifford Rozier||Florida||Transferred to Louisville|
|1991||Donald Williams||North Carolina|
|1995||Antawn Jamison||North Carolina|
|1998||Kris Lang||North Carolina|
|2000||Adam Boone||Minnesota||Transferred to Minnesota|
|2002||Raymond Felton||South Carolina|
|2004||Brandan Wright||Tennessee||Div. II A|
|2005||Brandan Wright||Tennessee||Div. II A|
|2006||Brandan Wright||Tennessee||Div. II A|
|2006||Will Graves||North Carolina|
|2008||Leslie McDonald||Tennessee||Div. II AA|
|2009||Leslie McDonald||Tennessee||Div. II AA|
|2010||Reggie Bullock||North Carolina|
|2012||Brice Johnson||South Carolina|
|2013||Isaiah Hicks||North Carolina|
- Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors
- Reggie Bullock, Los Angeles Clippers
- Vince Carter, Dallas Mavericks
- Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies
- Wayne Ellington, Dallas Mavericks
- Raymond Felton, New York Knicks
- Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs
- Tyler Hansbrough, Toronto Raptors
- Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats
- John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks
- Antawn Jamison, Los Angeles Clippers
- Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
- Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns
- Marvin Williams, Utah Jazz
- Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks
- Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Larry Brown, former head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats
- Michael Jordan, owner and president of basketball operations of the Charlotte Bobcats
- George Karl, former head coach of the Denver Nuggets
- John Kuester, former head coach of the Detroit Pistons
- Mitch Kupchak, general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers
- Donnie Walsh, president of the Indiana Pacers
- James Delany, commissioner of the Big Ten Conference (1967–1970)
- Julius Peppers, NFL defensive end for the Chicago Bears (1999–2001)
- Richard Vinroot, former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina (1961–1963)
NBA Assistant Coaches:
- Dave Hanners — New Orleans Pelicans
- Bob McAdoo — Miami Heat
Carolina currently leads the series 132-103. They played their first game in 1920.
Carolina currently leads the series 147-76. They first met in 1913.
Carolina currently leads the series 154-65. They first met in 1911.
The Carolina Basketball Museum5051 is located in the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center and contains 8,000 square feet.52 It was built to replace the old memorabilia room in the Dean Smith Center.52 Designed by Gallagher & Associates, the cost of construction was $3.4 million.52 The museum opened in January 2008.5354
|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|
|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||Oklahoma 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|
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.
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- Carmichael Auditorium (1965–1986)
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