North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball

North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
North Carolina Tar Heels
2011–12 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 2,036-728 (.737)
Conference ACC
Location Chapel Hill, NC
Head coach Roy Williams (8th year)
Arena Dean E. Smith Center
(Capacity: 21,750)
Nickname Tar Heels
Colors Carolina Blue and White


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Pre-tournament era 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
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1941, 1946, 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
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
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

The North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is considered one of the most successful programs in NCAA history.[1] The Tar Heels have won five NCAA Tournament Championships (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009)[2] 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 is tied for third-most all-time.[3][4] They have also won 17 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles[5] and 28 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles[6] (including an Atlantic Coast Conference record 18 outright Regular Season Championships).[7] 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 (behind Kansas and Kentucky). From the Tar Heels' first season in 1910–11 through the 2010–11 season, the Tar Heels have amassed a .737 all-time winning percentage (second highest all time behind Kentucky), winning 2,036 games and losing 728 games in 102 seasons.[8][9][10] The Tar Heels also have the most consecutive 20-win seasons, with 31 seasons from the 1970–71 season through the 2000–2001 season.[11] On March 2, 2010, North Carolina became the second college basketball program to reach 2,000 wins in its history, behind the University of Kentucky. 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,[12] have made it into the NCAA tournament 42 times (second-most all-time),[7][13] and are tied with Kentucky in NCAA Tournament victories with 105 wins.[7][13] North Carolina also won the National Invitation Tournament in 1971,[5] has appeared in two NIT Finals, and has made five appearances in the NIT Tournament.[5] Additionally, the team has been the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament 13 times, the latest being in 2009 (most #1 seeds all-time),[14] has been ranked in the Top 25 in the AP Poll 703 times (first all-time),[15] has beaten #1 teams a record 12 times,[15] has the most consecutive 20-win seasons, with 31,[16] and has the most consecutive top-3 ACC finishes with 37.[16] North Carolina ended the season in the Top 25 among Division 1 schools 42 times as ranked in the AP Poll and 44 times in the Coaches' Poll. The Tar Heels ended the season with a Number 1 ranking in the AP Poll and Coaches' Polls five times each. In 2008, the Tar Heels received the first unanimous preseason Number 1 ranking in the history of either the Coaches' Poll[17] or the AP Poll.[18]


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, 1910, a 42–41 win for North Carolina.[15] 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 contest in championship history.[23]

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 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]

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 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]

Matt Doherty (2000–03)

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.

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. On April 6, 2009, the Tar Heels won their fifth NCAA title by defeating Michigan State. The Tar Heels won all six 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 sixth 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 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 behind only Kentucky's record streak of 60 non-losing seasons from 1927 to 1988 (the Wildcats didn't field a team in 1952–53) and UCLA's 54-year run.

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 55 consecutive home game winning streak against Clemson, 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 2010–11 season). The 55th 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.

Honored and retired jerseys

Retired basketball jerseys
Number Player Year
NC Jack Cobb 1926
20 George Glamack 1941
10 Lennie Rosenbluth 1957
12 Phil Ford 1978
52 James Worthy 1983
23 Michael Jordan 1984
33 Antawn Jamison 1998
50 Tyler Hansbrough 2009
The Jerseys in the rafters

Forty-three former North Carolina men's basketball players are honored in the Smith Center with banners representing their numbers hung from the rafters. Of the 43 honored jerseys, eight are retired.

To have his jersey honored, a player must have met one of the following criteria[40]:

To have his jersey retired, a player must win one of the following six widely recognized player of the year awards[41]:

Eight players (including Jack Cobb, whose jersey did not have a number) have had their jerseys retired. Tyler Hansbrough's number 50 is the eighth jersey to be retired, after he won all six major player of the year awards during the 2007–08 season.[42]

Notable players and coaches


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:


Year Player(s)
1923 Cartwright Carmichael
1924 Cartwright Carmichael, Jack Cobb
1925 Jack Cobb*
1926 Jack Cobb*
1940 George Glamack
1941 George Glamack
1945 Jim Jordan
1946 John Dillon
1956 Lennie Rosenbluth
1957 Lennie Rosenbluth, Tommy Kearns
1958 Tommy Kearns, Pete Brennan
1959 Lee Shaffer, York Larese, Doug Moe
1960 Lee Shaffer, York Larese
1961 York Larese, Doug Moe
1964 Billy Cunningham
1965 Billy Cunningham
1966 Bob Lewis
1967 Bob Lewis, Larry Miller
1968 Larry Miller
1969 Charlie Scott
1970 Charlie Scott
1972 Bill Chamberlain, Robert McAdoo, Dennis Wuycik
1974 Bobby Jones
1975 Mitch Kupchak
1976 Mitch Kupchak, Phil Ford
1977 Phil Ford, Tommy LaGarde
1978 Phil Ford, Mike O'Koren
1979 Mike O'Koren
1980 Mike O'Koren, Al Wood
1981 Al Wood, James Worthy
1982 James Worthy, Sam Perkins
1983 Sam Perkins, Michael Jordan
1984 Sam Perkins, Michael Jordan
1986 Brad Daugherty
1987 Kenny Smith
1988 J.R. Reid
1989 J.R. Reid
1991 Rick Fox
1993 Eric Montross
1994 Eric Montross
1995 Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace
1996 Antawn Jamison
1997 Antawn Jamison
1998 Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Shammond Williams, Ed Cota*
1999 Ed Cota*, Ademola Okulaja*
2000 Ed Cota*
2001 Brendan Haywood, Joseph Forte
2004 Sean May, Rashad McCants
2005 Sean May, Rashad McCants, Raymond Felton
2006 Tyler Hansbrough
2007 Tyler Hansbrough
2008 Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington*, Ty Lawson*
2009 Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson

(*) Denotes honorable mention

All-ACC Players

  • The players are all first team All-ACC, unless otherwise noted
Year Player(s)
1954 Jerry Vayda*
1955 Lennie Rosenbluth
1956 Lennie Rosenbluth
1957 Lennie Rosenbluth, Tommy Kearns, Pete Brennan*
1958 Tommy Kearns, Pete Brennan
1959 Doug Moe, Lee Shaffer*, York Larese
1960 Lee Shaffer, York Larese
1961 Doug Moe, York Larese
1962 Larry Brown*, Jim Hudock*
1963 Larry Brown, Billy Cunningham
1964 Billy Cunningham
1965 Billy Cunningham, Bob Lewis*
1966 Larry Miller*, Bob Lewis
1967 Larry Miller, Bob Lewis
1968 Larry Miller, Rusty Clark*, Charlie Scott
1969 Charlie Scott, Bill Bunting, Dick Grubar*
1970 Charlie Scott
1971 Dennis Wuycik, George Karl*
1972 Dennis Wuycik, George Karl*, Robert McAdoo, Bill Chamberlain*
1973 George Karl, Bobby Jones*
1974 Bobby Jones, Darrell Elston*
1975 Mitch Kupchak
1976 Mitch Kupchak, Walter Davis*, Phil Ford
1977 Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Tommy LaGarde*
1978 Phil Ford
1979 Mike O'Koren, Al Wood
1980 Mike O'Koren*, Al Wood*
1981 Mike O'Koren, Al Wood, James Worthy*
1982 James Worthy, Sam Perkins
1983 Sam Perkins, Michael Jordan
1984 Sam Perkins, Michael Jordan
1985 Brad Daugherty, Kenny Smith*
1986 Brad Daugherty, Kenny Smith*, Steve Hale*
1987 Kenny Smith, Joe Wolf, J.R. Reid*
1988 J.R. Reid, Jeff Lebo*
1989 Steve Bucknall*, Kevin Madden*
1990 Rick Fox**
1991 Rick Fox, Pete Chilcutt**
1992 Hubert Davis*, George Lynch**
1993 George Lynch, Eric Montross
1994 Eric Montross*, Derrick Phelps*
1995 Jeff McInnis**
1996 Dante Calabria** , Jeff McInnis*, Antwan Jamison
1997 Antwan Jamison, Serge Zwikker**, Vince Carter**, Shammond Williams**
1998 Antwan Jamison, Vince Carter, Shammond Williams*, Ed Cota*
1999 Ed Cota*, Ademola Okulaja
2000 Ed Cota*, Brendan Haywood**, Joseph Forte*
2001 Brendan Haywood*, Joseph Forte, Jason Capel**
2002 Jason Capel**
2003 Raymond Felton**
2004 Raymond Felton**, Sean May*, Rashad McCants
2005 Raymond Felton, Sean May, Rashad McCants**, Jawad Williams**
2006 David Noel*, Reyshawn Terry**, Tyler Hansbrough
2007 Tyler Hansbrough, Brandan Wright*
2008 Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington*
2009 Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green**, Ty Lawson
2011 Tyler Zeller*, John Henson*, Harrison Barnes*, Kendall Marshall**
  • (*) Denotes 2nd Team All-ACC
  • (**) Denotes 3rd Team All-ACC

All-Southern Conference Players

Year Player(s)
1922 Cartwright Carmichael, Monk McDonald
1923 Cartwright Carmichael
1924 Cartwright Carmichael, Monk McDonald, Jack Cobb, Bill Dodderer
1925 Jack Cobb, Bill Dodderer
1926 Jack Cobb, Bill Dodderer, Artie Newcomb
1932 Tom Alexander, Virgil Weathers
1934 Jim McCachren
1935 Jim McCachren, Stewart Aitken, Ivan Glace
1936 Jim McCachren
1937 Earl Ruth
1940 George Glamack
1941 George Glamack, Bob Rose
1942 Bob Rose
1944 Boyce Box, Bernie Mock
1945 Manny Alvarez, Jim Jordan
1946 John Dillon
1947 Jim White, Bob Paxton
1948 Bob Paxton
1949 Coy Carson, Hugo Kappler

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 NBA Draft

  • North Carolina has produced 39 first-round picks in its history, more than any other ACC school
  • Since 1980, North Carolina has had 28 players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, more than any other school in the country
  • Roy Williams has coached 19 first round draft picks
Year Player Round # Pick # Overall # Team
1948 Norman Kohler n/a n/a n/a Indianapolis Olympians
1948 Bob Paxton n/a n/a n/a Indianapolis Olympians
1948 Hook Dillon n/a n/a n/a Chicago Stags
1957 Lennie Rosenbluth 1st 6 6 Philadelphia Warriors
1958 Pete Brennan 1st 4 4 New York Knicks
1958 Joe Quigg 2nd 4 12 New York Knicks
1958 Tommy Kearns 4th 6 29 Syracuse Nationals
1960 Lee Shaffer 1st 5 5 Syracuse Nationals
1960 Doug Moe 7th 4 52 Detroit Pistons
1961 York Larese 2nd 11 20 Chicago Packers
1961 Doug Moe 2nd 13 22 Chicago Packers
1961 Dick Kepley 11th 7 98 St. Louis Hawks
1962 Jim Hudock 6th 7 50 Philadelphia Warriors
1962 Ken McComb 10th 6 84 Philadelphia Warriors
1962 Donnie Walsh 11th 5 89 Philadelphia Warriors
1963 Larry Brown 7th 2 55 Baltimore Bullets
1965 Billy Cunningham 1st 4 4 Philadelphia 76ers
1966 Bob Bennett 13th 1 101 New York Knicks
1967 Bob Lewis 4th 8 39 San Francisco Warriors
1967 Mark Mirken 11th 4 117 New York Knicks
1968 Larry Miller 5th 12 62 Philadelphia 76ers
1969 Bill Bunting 2nd 11 26 New York Knicks
1969 Dick Grubar 6th 12 83 Los Angeles Lakers
1969 Rusty Clark 11th 4 145 Detroit Pistons
1970 Charles Scott 7th 4 106 Boston Celtics
1971 Lee Dedmon 5th 13 81 Los Angeles Lakers
1972 Robert McAdoo 1st 2 2 Buffalo Braves
1972 Dennis Wuycik 2nd 14 27 Boston Celtics
1972 Bill Chamberlain 3rd 13 43 Golden State Warriors
1972 Steve Previs 7th 14 111 Boston Celtics
1973 George Karl 4th 14 66 New York Knicks
1973 Donn Johnson 18th 1 207 Buffalo Braves
1974 Bobby Jones 1st 5 5 Houston Rockets
1974 Darrell Elston 3rd 7 43 Atlanta Hawks
1974 John O'Donnell 10th 14 174 New York Knicks
1975 Donald Washington 5th 8 80 New York Knicks
1975 Ed Stahl 5th 13 85 Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1976 Mitch Kupchak 1st 13 13 Washington Bullets
1977 Walter Davis 1st 5 5 Phoenix Suns
1977 Tommy LaGarde 1st 9 9 Denver Nuggets
1977 John Kuester 3rd 9 53 Kansas City Kings
1977 Bruce Buckley 6th 15 125 San Antonio Spurs
1978 Phil Ford 1st 2 2 Kansas City Kings
1978 Geff Crompton 4th 4 70 Kansas City Kings
1978 Tom Zaliagris 8th 12 164 Milwaukee Bucks
1979 Dudley Bradley 1st 13 13 Indiana Pacers
1980 Mike O'Koren 1st 6 6 New Jersey Nets
1980 John Virgil 3rd 3 49 Golden State Warriors
1980 Rich Yonakor 3rd 15 61 San Antonio Spurs
1980 Jeff Wolf 4th 17 86 Milwaukee Bucks
1980 Dave Colescott 7th 2 140 Utah Jazz
1981 Al Wood 1st 4 4 Atlanta Hawks
1981 Pete Budko 5th 1 93 Dallas Mavericks
1981 Mike Pepper 6th 8 123 San Diego Clippers
1982 James Worthy 1st 1 1 Los Angeles Lakers
1982 Jimmy Black 3rd 13 59 New Jersey Nets
1982 Chris Brust 6th 16 131 Denver Nuggets
1982 Jeb Barlow 7th 15 153 Denver Nuggets
1983 Jimmy Braddock 5th 14 107 Denver Nuggets
1984 Michael Jordan 1st 3 3 Chicago Bulls
1984 Sam Perkins 1st 4 4 Dallas Mavericks
1984 Matt Doherty 6th 3 118 Cleveland Cavaliers
1984 Cecil Exum 9th 10 194 Denver Nuggets
1985 Buzz Peterson 7th 8 147 Cleveland Cavaliers
1986 Brad Daugherty 1st 1 1 Cleveland Cavaliers
1986 Warren Martin 4th 3 73 Cleveland Cavaliers
1986 Steve Hale 4th 11 81 New Jersey Nets
1987 Kenny Smith 1st 6 6 Sacramento Kings
1987 Joe Wolf 1st 13 13 Los Angeles Clippers
1987 Dave Popson 4th 19 88 Detroit Pistons
1987 Curtis Hunter 7th 18 156 Denver Nuggetts
1989 J.R. Reid 1st 5 5 Charlotte Hornets
1991 Rick Fox 1st 24 24 Boston Celtics
1991 Pete Chilcutt 1st 27 27 Sacramento Kings
1992 Hubert Davis 1st 20 20 New York Knicks
1993 George Lynch 1st 12 12 Los Angeles Lakers
1994 Eric Montross 1st 9 9 Boston Celtics
1995 Jerry Stackhouse 1st 3 3 Philadelphia 76ers
1995 Rasheed Wallace 1st 4 4 Washington Bullets
1996 Jeff McInnis 2nd 8 37 Denver Nuggetts
1997 Serge Zwikker 2nd 1 29 Houston Rockets
1998 Antawn Jamison 1st 4 4 Toronto Raptors
1998 Vince Carter 1st 5 5 Golden State Warriors
1998 Shammond Williams 2nd 5 34 Chicago Bulls
2001 Brendan Haywood 1st 20 20 Cleveland Cavaliers
2001 Joseph Forte 1st 21 21 Boston Celtics
2005 Marvin Williams 1st 2 2 Atlanta Hawks
2005 Raymond Felton 1st 5 5 Charlotte Bobcats
2005 Sean May 1st 13 13 Charlotte Bobcats
2005 Rashad McCants 1st 14 14 Minnesota Timberwolves
2006 David Noel 2nd 9 39 Milwaukee Bucks
2007 Brandan Wright 1st 8 8 Charlotte Bobcats
2007 Reyshawn Terry 2nd 14 44 Orlando Magic
2009 Tyler Hansbrough 1st 13 13 Indiana Pacers
2009 Ty Lawson 1st 18 18 Minnesota Timberwolves
2009 Wayne Ellington 1st 28 28 Minnesota Timberwolves
2009 Danny Green 2nd 16 46 Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 Ed Davis 1st 13 13 Toronto Raptors

Tar Heels with NBA championship rings

Year Name Affiliation Team
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

Tar Heel NBA All-Star Game appearances

Player Year(s)
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

Tar Heels in the Olympics

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

McDonald's All-Americans

The following 58 McDonald's All-Americans have played for North Carolina:[43]

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 McAdoo Norfolk, VA
2011 P. J. Hairston Greensboro, NC

Mr. Basketball

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

Year Player State Notes
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 Antwan Jamison North Carolina
1998 Kris Lang North Carolina
2000 Adam Boone Minnesota Transferred to Minnesota
2002 Raymond Felton South Carolina
2002 Sean May Indiana
2004 Brandan Wright Tennessee Div. II A
2005 Brandan Wright Tennessee Div. II A
2005 Tyler Hansbrough Missouri
2006 Brandan Wright Tennessee Div. II A
2006 Will Graves North Carolina
2008 Leslie McDonald Tennessee Div. II AA
2008 Tyler Zeller Indiana
2009 Leslie McDonald Tennessee Div. II AA
2010 Reggie Bullock North Carolina
2010 Harrison Barnes Iowa

Current players in the NBA

NBA head coaches and executives

Other fields

NBA Assistant Coaches:

  • Pat Sullivan – Detroit Pistons
  • Dave Hanners—Charlotte Bobcats
  • Phil Ford—Charlotte Bobcats
  • Mike O'Koren—New Jersey Nets
  • Bob McAdoo—Miami Heat
  • Joe Wolf—Milwaukee Bucks

Basketball museum

The Carolina Basketball Museum[44][45] is located in the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center and contains 8,000 square feet.[46] It was built to replace the old memorabilia room in the Dean Smith Center.[46] Designed by Gallagher & Associates, the cost of construction was $3.4 million.[46] The museum opened in January 2008.[47][48]

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
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

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

Notes and references

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  3. ^ "Jacobs: Numbers To Savor". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  4. ^ "NCAA Championships". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  5. ^ a b c "2008–09 Quick Facts" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  6. ^ "North Carolina controls rival Duke to win ACC regular-season championship". Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  7. ^ a b c "Jacobs: Numbers To Savor". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  8. ^ "University of North Carolina 2010–11 Men's Basketball Facts" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  9. ^ "All-Time Winningest Teams". Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  10. ^ "North Carolina Tar Heels". Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  11. ^ "UNC versus NC State game notes". February 3, 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  12. ^ "UNC Outlasts Oklahoma, 72–60". Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  13. ^ a b "Tournament History Facts". Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  14. ^ "Game Notes V. Radford" (PDF). University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site. March 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  15. ^ a b c North Carolina Tar Heels Media Guide
  16. ^ a b Peeler, Tim (November 2, 2001). "Once again, Duke leads the way". Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  17. ^ "Tar Heels Are Unanimous Preseason No. 1 In Coaches Poll". October 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  18. ^ "Tar Heels voted as first unanimous preseason no. 1 in AP poll". October 31, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  19. ^ Southern Conference Fan Guide
  20. ^ The Helms Foundation named its own national college basketball champion for each year from 1936 through 1982. The foundation also retroactively awarded championships from 1901 through 1935. While the 1924 team was undefeated, they did not play a single opponent from north of the Mason-Dixon Line; indeed, intersectional play would not start on a regular basis for another decade. However, the 1924 Tar Heels did beat the Kentucky Wildcats that season in a battle of what most considered the two best teams in the nation.
  21. ^ Official ACC Web Site
  22. ^ UNC-TV ONLINE: Biographical Conversations With: William Friday – Special Features
  23. ^ "NCAA Basketball Tournament". April 5, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  24. ^ LSDBi
  25. ^ "bio". ESPN. ESPN. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  26. ^ This record for the most wins would later be surpassed by Bob Knight in 2007.
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  30. ^ "Bill Guthridge's Accomplishments". Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  31. ^ "NCAA TOURNAMENT – SCHOOL STATISTICS". Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  32. ^ ESPN article on Doherty's acceptance of head coach at North Carolina
  33. ^ " – My Sportsman Choice: Roy Williams – Nov 28, 2005". CNN. 2005-11-28. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  34. ^ "North Carolina Mailbag url=". University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site. March 18, 2008. 
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  37. ^ "Tar Heels get chance to extend season with NIT bid". Associated Press. March 15, 2010. [dead link]
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  40. ^ "Tar Heel Basketball Glossary". University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site. October 6, 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  41. ^ Associated Press (March 11, 2008). "Hansbrough is just 8th Tar Heel to have jersey retired". Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  42. ^ "Hansbrough Wins Wooden Award, Sweeping Major Individual Honors". University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site. April 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
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  44. ^ "About". The Carolina Basketball Museum official website. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  45. ^ "Men's Basketball / Carolina Basketball Museum Quick Facts Sheet". UNC Athletics official website. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  46. ^ a b c Walston, Turner. "Museum a 'living, breathing' monument to Tar Heel hoops". The Carolina Basketball Museum official website. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  47. ^ Rosenthal, Sam (January 25, 2008). "North Carolina Basketball Museum Set To Open Monday". WRAL Sports. Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  48. ^ Barnes, Greg (January 25, 2008). "History In The Details". WRAL Sports. Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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