North Carolina clinched the outright possession of first place in the ACC regular-season standings, marking the 21st time in 40 years that the Tar Heels had won at least a share of first place in the conference. After missing North Carolina's season-opening loss to Santa Clara, Raymond Felton returned to the floor for the Tar Heels' opening game in the Maui Invitational. The Tar Heels won their sixth national championship and third under coach Roy Williams. "I thought it would be a very close game. I'm just excited to come out of Maryland with a win." "But our players showed a lot of patience in attacking the zone, I liked our zone attack." On average, the Tar Heels scored 120.7 points every 100 possessions, while holding their opponents to an average of 92.5 points, which means they outscored their opponents by an average of roughly 28 points for every 100 possessions. UNC's Lennie Rosenbluth led all tournament scorers with 140 points. The Tar Heels have appeared in the NCAA Tournament championship game 11 times, and have been in a record 20 NCAA Tournament Final Fours. Conference Tournament Finish: Lost in semifinals That meant in the second half of the decade, three schools combined to win the five national championships — North Carolina in 2005 and 2009, Florida in 2006 and 2007, and Kansas in 2008. "We shot well in the first half and we played well throughout.". The Tar Heels held the Wolfpack's leading scorer, Thurl Bailey, to five points. It was North Carolina's highest point total ever against Maryland. North Carolina won the Maui Invitational behind 34 points from Tyler Hansbrough on 13-of-19 shooting, even though Roy Williams said his star forward was playing at 75 percent. Jahmir Young had 15 points to lead five Charlotte players in double figures as the 49ers got past Middle Tennessee 68-62 on Saturday. North Carolina held Michigan State to 33 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent from deep, while the Tar Heels finished at 49 percent shooting. However, the tournament has been hosted at a neutral arena site each year since 2009 (Hot Springs, Arkansas and New Orleans, Louisiana, with Pensacola, Florida set to host from 2021–2025). "We were prepared for a tough game and that's certainly what we got.". ", After taking just three shots in the first half, Eric Montross had 10 points, including five in one sequence, as North Carolina built a 53-36 lead over Virginia. Ty Lawson lost the ball in the final seconds of overtime after Vasquez's free throws. ", North Carolina's losing streak stopped at two games by throttling rival NC State as seldom-used bench players got to see the floor. Freshman guard Michael Jordan scored 22 points "on a variety of dunks and jumpers," according to the AP, including North Carolina's first six points. Conference Finish: 1st ", North Carolina used frequent trapping on defense and some zone to force 22 NC State turnovers as James Worthy had 23 points, three assists and three steals. "It's really tough, guys were really jet-lagged," Sean May said, according to the AP. "That's what I like about this ball club," North Carolina coach Frank McGuire said, according to the Rocky Mount Telegram of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. "I didn't do as good a job as Mike (Krzyzewski) did. North Carolina attacked the offensive glass hard (39.0 percent offensive rebounding percentage, 15th nationally) and the Tar Heels got to the free throw line with regularity (44.2 FTA/FGA percentage, 20th nationally). Overall, past and present Sun Belt schools have posted 21 wins in the NCAA Tournament during the time they were conference members. "Some games, you've got to be tough at the end," Isaiah Hicks said. Tyler Hansbrough played just his second game in North Carolina's first five games and he had 16 points in 19 minutes, including 12 free throws, to pace the Tar Heels against the Ducks. North Carolina went 19-11 (8-8 ACC) in 2004-05, Roy Williams' first season as the head coach in Chapel Hill. Dean Smith passed Phog Allen on the all-time wins list with the victory. In a meeting between the country's No. Your independent guide to the best entertainment in Charlotte! ", Playing Valparaiso inside Chicago's United Center, North Carolina struggled to pull away initially, leading just 27-25 before a 12-0 run gave the Tar Heels some breathing room. Conference: ACC The 2017 NCAA tournament concluded with North Carolina defeating Gonzaga for the national title in Glendale, Arizona. Here is the complete history of the DI women's basketball championship game, including scores, national champions, winning coaches, national runners-up, and Women's Final Four locations. South Carolina was one of four teams seeded seventh or lower to reach the Sweet 16 (No. The Tar Heels led just 22-20 but an 11-0 run helped them pull away. "I felt like it was fitting for us to do what this group just accomplished," Roy Williams said, according to the AP. North Carolina forced 18 turnovers and center Sam Perkins carried the way offensively with 23 points. Luke Maye set a new career-high with 10 points, all of which came in the first half. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, which resulted in a national runner-up finished to Indiana. A freshman by the name of Michael Jordan, alongside James Worthy and Sam Perkins, had a string of narrow NCAA tournament victories — two points, five points, 10 points, five points and one point — to give North Carolina its second title and legendary coach Dean Smith his first. Jan. 26, 2017: North Carolina 91, Virginia Tech 72. North Carolina won its fourth national title by defeating fellow No. "We had to do what we could do to get ourselves back on this time schedule. On March 2, 1996, men's basketball knocked off Liberty, 79–53, to claim the Big South Tournament Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in Division I. Lennie Rosenbluth scored 32 points and Tommy Kearns added 21 as Duke's plan to double-team Rosenbluth wasn't too effective. Tagline . "I wish they had told us ahead of time they were going to let them go like that," Dean Smith said, according to The Daily Tar Heel, in reference to the officiating. They shot 59 percent in the first half and led by 23 at halftime, never letting the 49ers get closer than 16 points in the second half. 3 and No. Donald Williams and Brian Reese both missed the game with injuries suffered in the previous game against Texas but Eric Montross carried the team with 19 points and George Lynch had 18, including 10 points after halftime. 22 Florida State behind Toney Douglas' 27 points and the go-ahead free throws in the semifinals of the ACC tournament. Kansas led North Carolina 47-43 early in the second half but the Tar Heels rattled off a 12-0 run thanks to James Worthy, Sam Perkins and Matt Doherty to take the lead for good. 1 seed (Virginia) in men's NCAA tournament history. North Carolina led twice in the final minute and a half, but Monk hit a three – one of his eight in the game – to give the Wildcats the lead for good. "We put so much work in and sweat in the offseason to get not to this point, but past this point. ", In a game between the two winningest men's basketball programs, North Carolina's Rashad McCants scored 20 of his 28 points before halftime, then big man Sean May carried the Tar Heels down the stretch as the Wildcats never pulled closer than eight points in the waning minutes. "Sometimes defense can take over the game. North Carolina added to its national-best winning streak, winning its 13th consecutive game, as a 10-2 second-half run put the Tar Heels in control. "We were not sharp at all," Roy Williams said, according to the AP. "We did have the size and we were looking to take advantage of it," Dean Smith said, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. "I took that as an assignment and shut him down." Louisville and Michigan State also made the Final Four in St. Louis. Justin Jackson scored 22 points with four rebounds while Kennedy Meeks had 20 and nine. We doubled Hansbrough and it didn't seem to affect him at all.". ), 5 Times (Tourn.) Hatchell notched her 1,000 career win last season, joining a select club of only four coaches in women’s basketball.One of those wins came in the 1994 NCAA Championship game. Raymond Felton hit a go-ahead 3-point in the final minute and a half to help North Carolina advance to the ACC tournament semifinals as the Tar Heels prevented the Tigers from being the first No. Four North Carolina starters scored in double figures, led by Justin Jackson's 21 points. April 1, 2017 (NCAA tournament): No. "I think the most-disciplined, the best-coached team, the most-focused team is the one that won the game tonight," Roy Williams said. Chancellor Bonnie Cone appointed Harvey Murphy, previously a physical education instructor and head of the physical education program at the university, as the first head coach in school history. "I'm not in the best shape, but it was good to help out my team," Hansbrough said, according to the AP. 1 team in the country," Cleveland State coach Mike Garland said, according to the AP. James Worthy finished with 20 points in 26 minutes. "I've been working all season long," Ellington said, according to the AP. "If they play like that, they're going to win the national championship," Gonzaga's Josh Heytvelt said, according to the AP. UNC Basketball: 10 best moments in NCAA Tournament history . The big man had a career-high 32 points on 13-for-15 shooting and 12 rebounds as North Carolina clinched at least a share of first place in the ACC regular-season standings. Arkansas made eight 3-pointers in the opening 16 minutes of the game as the Razorbacks led by as many as 11 before the Tar Heels rallied to tie the game at 45 heading into halftime. Sean May had 22 points and seven rebounds, while Jawad Williams had 20 and eight. He made 12-of-13 free throws in the win. "Tonight we stayed within the team and got the shots that we wanted. Penn State led 44-38 in the final nine minutes but Sam Perkins scored eight of his 23 points in the last seven minutes as North Carolina briefly took a 48-46 lead in the waning seconds. Eric Montross made all eight of his field goal attempts, scoring 20 points, as North Carolina started 10-for-11 against Ohio State. The Tar Heels scored the game's first 14 points, so while the Hokies played the Tar Heels just about even the rest of the way, the early deficit was too much for Virginia Tech to overcome. 2 in adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 1 on kenpom.com, thanks to the No. Fortunately for us Tommy Kearns had a good night. "He's coming along very well. On the ensuing inbounds play, Brian Reese passed the ball to George Lynch, who found Derrick Phelps deep across the floor to dunk and seal the victory. The Tar Heels scored 43 points at the free throw line. After North Carolina held Virginia to 41 points in their first meeting during the 2016-17 season, the Cavaliers held the Tar Heels to 43 in the second meeting. Lennie Rosenbluth had 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Pete Brennan, Tommy Kearns and Joe Quigg each scored at least 15 points. ", The Tar Heels broke open a game that they led 39-36 at halftime by shooting 55 percent after halftime, while the Wolfpack shot 64 percent in the second half and 54 percent for the game. 2, No. NCAA Tournament Region: East Region. The Tar Heel used their four corners offense to hang on at home. Marvin Williams scored 20 points and Sean May chipped in 19 as North Carolina shot 73 points before halftime. North Carolina's 45-point win over Rhode Island marked the largest margin of victory in the history of the second round of the NCAA tournament and North Carolina's biggest tournament win ever. In 2019, the bottom four seeds played first-round games at campus sites, hosted by the higher seed. "It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it anyway," Roy Williams said, according to the AP. "That's why (Roy Williams) said in the huddle, 'I like this, because it shows toughness, and you've got to be tough to finish games. "I guess that's an understatement." Record: 32-2 (12-2) You can't do anything on teams like that. "We're disappointed in losing," Dean Smith said, according to The News and Observer, "but there were lots of positive things done by our team tonight. He didn't score in the first 30 minutes of the game and finished with just nine points and only one field goal. Click or tap here for a closer look at the bracket. "Everybody in the Omni tonight saw the nation's best team. He made a great difference.". ", North Carolina's defense stifled NC State to 41 percent shooting as Thurl Bailey scored just 10 points and Chuck Nevitt was held scoreless. The Tar Heels shot 49 percent from the field and 45 percent from deep as players adjusted to new roles – Jackson as the team's burgeoning No. One season after losing the 2016 national championship to one of the most iconic shots in March Madness history – Kris Jenkins' buzzer-beating three for Villanova – North Carolina returned to the national championship game and finished the job. "You're thinking about everything. This was North Carolina's smallest margin of victory of its entire 2017 NCAA tournament run as Kennedy Meeks grabbed a crucial rebound after the Tar Heels had missed their fourth consecutive free throw. North Carolina dominated the boards with a plus-15 advantage. I wasn't trying to force anything. Lennie Rosenbluth improved his season scoring average by dropping 34 points after playing all 40 minutes. But I'd like for us to play a heck of a lot better." "South Florida has shown they are an excellent team. Complete NCAA Tournament history for the Illinois Fighting Illini. We took three or four loose shots and that was it." We lose now, it's over," Tyler Hansbrough said of the NCAA tournament, according to the AP. For the second game in a row, North Carolina's Lennie Rosenbluth was held scoreless for a long period. "I felt comfortable with the ball.". NCAA Tournament Region: South Region. For the second time in North Carolina's last four games, Wake Forest had the Tar Heels on the ropes in the final minute. We begin with the 1956-57 season. Complete NCAA Tournament history for the North Carolina Tar Heels. "[Ellington] was opening up the lead for us really and it was kind of making them lose their confidence defensively," Danny Green said, according to the AP. In the NCAA tournament, North Carolina defeated Yale, Canisius, Syracuse, Michigan State and Kansas, with the team's last two wins in the tournament both coming in triple-overtime. "Raymond is our best on the ball defense and his play was important to us on both ends of the court," Roy Williams said, according to the AP. "We really played well," Dean Smith said, according to The Charlotte Observer. The Tar Heels, as they have for the last 20 years, played at one of the fastest tempos in the country. Without Wood’s performance, UNC would not have had a … The Tar Heels opened the game with a 6-0 lead and the Demon Deacons never pulled within five points after that. "You know, he had nine rebounds in the first half, just dominating on the boards, and then he turned around in the second half and got 10.". North Carolina fell for just the second time in conference play as the Tar Heels lost to their rival Blue Devils on the road. The Tar Heels led 48-18 at halftime, led by Sean May's game-high 18 points and team-high eight rebounds. UNC women’s basketball program improves to 5-0 with narrow victory over Charlotte Stephanie Watts led North Carolina with 17 points against Charlotte, and the Tar Heels beat the 49ers by a … North Carolina won a marathon of a game, beating Michigan State by four in triple-overtime. Thanks to the top four scorers all shooting at least 39 percent from 3, the Tar Heels shot 38.5 percent from distance as a team, which ranked 24th in the country. Conference: ACC North Carolina's Lennie Rosenbluth made just one field goal and finished with 10 points but teammate Pete Brennan scored a team-high 20 points, while Joe Quigg added 18 and Tommy Kearns had 14. Ty Lawson scored 17 before halftime, while Tyler Hansbrough had a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double. Teams have always been seeded based on regular season conference records, although some modifications were made when the league was split into divisions during the 2000s. The Demon Deacons led 59-58 before Lennie Rosenbluth sank a hook shot, then made a free throw after being fouled, to put North Carolina up 61-59. The winners then joined the top six teams at Lakefront Arena. 1 seeds: North Carolina, Michigan (which later vacated its appearance) and Kentucky. The 1977 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 American schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the National Champion of Men's NCAA Division I college basketball.It began on Saturday, March 12, 1977, and ended with the championship game on Monday, March 28 in Atlanta.A total of 32 games were played, including a national third place game. The UNC Wilmington Seahawks men's basketball team represents the University of North Carolina Wilmington.The team plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.The Seahawks have won at least a share of the CAA regular season championship for three consecutive years. Conference Tournament Finish: Lost in semifinals North Carolina went 33-7 in the 2015-16 season (the same record as in 2016-17) as the Tar Heels finished atop the ACC standings and won the ACC tournament, earning a No. Nov. 30, 2016: Indiana 76, North Carolina 67. Playing Santa Clara in The Arena in Oakland, North Carolina missed point guard Raymond Felton greatly as the Tar Heels shot just 36.5 percent, committed 16 turnovers and allowed Santa Clara to post a plus-four rebounding advantage. Tyler Hansbrough finished with 25 points, five rebounds and four steals. "They chose not to chase, and if you don't chase, the score is going to end up what you see on the clock.". The Tar Heels scored 11 points in a row, led by Michael Jordan. Charlotte, N.C. — The NCAA Announced Wednesday that the Spectrum Center in Charlotte will host 2024 NCAA Men’s Tournament First and Second Round Games. '", For the second game in a row, North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson had another big second half as he scored 17 of his 21 points after halftime, including a victory-clinching three in the final 11 seconds. North Carolina lost three players from its 1955-56 team, which went 18-5, and two of them made a very small statistical impact. The NCAA Tournament sees its most stunning upset, seed-gap wise, in history to this point. "It was so devastating. All five North Carolina starters scored in double figures, led by James Worthy and Sam Perkins with 18 points each, while the team made 54 percent of its shots. Here's everything you need to know about North Carolina's 1993 national championship team. UNC is no stranger to the NCAA Tournament. They had an effective field-goal percentage of 56.0 percent, which ranked fourth nationally, thanks to a 54.1 percent 2-point percentage (12th nationally) and 40.3-percent shooting from three (7th). Virginia's 41 points were the lowest for a North Carolina opponent under Roy Williams. Newspaper reports noted that the Tar Heels stalled in overtime without Rosenbluth on the floor, waiting for "sure shots," according to the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times. The bottom four seeds played in the first round; the 5 and 6 seeds received byes into the second round; the 3 and 4 seeds began play in the quarterfinals, and the top two seeds received a triple bye into the semifinals. Neither team led by more than four the entire game. Another game, another 50-point half for the Tar Heels as North Carolina led 52-36 at the break, which allowed the No. Sean May had a massive game with 29 points and 12 rebounds, while Rashad McCants nailed a timely 3-pointer and helped North Carolina get a pair of crucial stops on the defensive end to return to the Final Four. First- and second-round games will be played simultaneously at Hartsell Arena on the campus of Pensacola State College and the Pensacola Bay Center, with semifinals and finals at the Bay Center.. "Carolina's perfect record for this basketball season was within 46 seconds of death here tonight," wrote The News and Observer's Dick Herbert. North Carolina lost its first game since its season-opener as Wake Forest took a 43-33 halftime lead, then scored 52 points after halftime to win by 13. Despite recently losing three players due to academic or eligibility reasons, leaving its roster with just 10 players, North Carolina beat Duke by two points. NCAA Tournament Seed: No. North Carolina won the Maui Invitational, just as the Tar Heels had in 2004 and 2008 during national championship-winning seasons. "We were flat out there," Wayne Ellington said, according to the AP. "We wanted to send a statement out that we're a better basketball club than we were last year," Sean May said, according to the AP. Just four years after North Carolina won its fourth national championship (and first under Roy Williams), the Tar Heels won another. The Tar Heels had a 24-4 run that spanned halftime to pull away from the Tigers. Seas. The Tar Heels trailed by 11 but came back to win by 14 behind Eric Montross' 17 points. But not tonight. 1 North Carolina survived a scare against Virginia Tech in the Tar Heels' first game of the ACC tournament. Feb. 15, 2017: North Carolina 97, N.C. State 73, After losing to one rival, North Carolina made sure it didn't lose to a second, once again running N.C. State off the floor. "That's a tribute to The Citadel's coaching staff and players." The Tigers played a 2-1-2 zone defense but the outside shooting of Black, Doherty and Michael Jordan broke Clemson's defense. by Mark Simpson-Vos, 2006. The Tar Heels almost scored as many points in the first half (53) as N.C. State scored in the game (56), meaning North Carolina needed just four points after halftime to win. North Carolina won the ACC tournament behind Lennie Rosenbluth's 38 points, which caused Governor Luther Hodges of North Carolina to climb out of the stands and shake Rosenbluth's hand when the latter checked out of the game. "I'm extremely happy, to say the least," Roy William said, according to the AP. The Tar Heels stormed out of the gate to a 14-0 lead and never looked back. Rashad McCants scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime to rally the Tar Heels. ", On a rainy day, the play inside Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum wasn't much prettier as the two teams combined for 45 fouls, five players fouling out and neither team shooting better than 44 percent. William & Mary led for the entire first half thanks to 48 percent shooting but North Carolina cut the deficit to 28-26 at halftime, then tied the game with seven free throws in a row early in the second half. "I was able to get good position and I could go to the basket," Worthy said, according to The News and Observer. 1 seed North Carolina 103, No. Isaiah Hicks gave his team the lead for good with a pair of free throws, then Kennedy Meeks had a big tip-in to put North Carolina up three. After beating Georgia Tech by 13 and 11 points, respectively, in its first two games against the Yellow Jackets, the Tar Heels lost the ACC tournament championship game by two points as Georgia Tech's James Forrest had an impressive 27-point, 10-rebound double-double. "I don't deal with that," Dean Smith said, according to the AP. "I just continued to have faith in getting shots up and not letting missing shots do anything to my confidence. 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