North Carolina Tar Heels Stats

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North Carolina Tar Heels Stats

Arena: Dean E. Smith Center
Coach: Hubert Davis

2021-2022 TEAM LEADERS

North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina Tar Heels Summary 

The North Carolina Tar Heels currently find themselves with a 12-4 record, as they’re in third place in the ACC conference.

They’re led by coach Hubert Davis, who is in his first season with the program, as he replaced longtime coach Roy Williams.

Armando Bacot, Caleb Love R.J. Davis, and Brady Manek are the leading scorers for the Tar Heels. Love and Davis are the leading assist men.

North Carolina is currently second in the conference in scoring, as they average 79.3 points per game as a collective unit. Their defense allows the opponent to score 70.2 points per game, which is the fourth-worst rank in the conference.

An area of strength for this team comes on the glass, as they’re first in the conference in rebounds per game with a 39.9 average. 

They’re eighth in their conference in 3-pointers made with 130 makes on the season.

North Carolina Tar Heels History 

North Carolina has had many great players in their team history, including Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, James Worthy, Antawn Jamison, and several others. 

The Tar Heels have six championships in program history, winning it all in 2017, 2009, 2005, 1993, 1982, and 1957. Overall, they’ve been to the March Madness Tournament 51 times, with 11 championship game appearances, 20 trips to the Final Four, 28 trips to the Elite Eight, and 34 trips to the Sweet 16.

UNC last won an NCAA championship in 2007, as they defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65. Joel Berry led the team in scoring that game.

Their first championship came in 1957, as they defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 54-53 in an overtime thriller. Lennie Rosenbluth led the team in scoring that game.

Since their first season in 1910, they’ve compiled a 2,305-833 record throughout the course of their history. 

North Carolina has had 19 coaches in their history, with Dean Smith being the longest-tenured one. 

2022 Key Stats

Armando Bacot is the team’s leading scorer, as he averages 17.4 points on 64 percent shooting to go along with 11.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game.

Caleb Love is the second-leading scorer on the team, as he averages 15.5 points including 45.1 percent shooting from three. He also averages 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

R.J. Davis averages 13.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game while shooting it at a 43.9 percent clip from downtown.

Brady Manek averages 12.8 points per game on 49.1 percent shooting.

The most points UNC has put up in a game this season was 94, which came in back-to-back victories in their second and third games.

UNC averages 79.3 points per game as a collective unit, which ranks them second in the conference. 

An area of strength for this team comes on the glass, as they’re first in the conference in rebounds per game with a 39.9 average.

Championships Won by the Team 

The Tar Heels last won it all in 2017, as they defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65. Joel Berry led the way with 22 points and six assists. Justin Jackson added 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Isaiah Hicks had 13 points and nine rebounds. They defeated the Oregon Ducks, Kentucky Wildcats, Butler Bulldogs, Arkansas Razorbacks, and Texas Southern Tigers en route to the championship game.

UNC won it all in 2009, as they defeated the Michigan State Spartans 89-72. Ty Lawson led the way with 21 points, six assists, and eight steals. Wayne Ellington dropped 19 points, Tyler Hansbrough chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds. Ed Davis came off the bench with 11 points and eight rebounds. UNC defeated the Villanova Wildcats, Oklahoma Sooners, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Louisiana Tigers, and Radford Highlanders en route to the championship game.

The Tar Heels took down the Illinois Fighting Illini 75-70 in the 2005 championship game. Sean May led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Raymond Felton added 17 points and seven assists. Rashad McCants added 14 points. The Tar Heels defeated the Michigan State Spartans, Wisconsin Badgers, Villanova Wildcats, Iowa State Cyclones, and Oakland Golden Grizzlies en route to the championship game.

North Carolina defeated the Michigan Wolverines in the 1993 championship game 77-71. Donald Williams led the way with 25 points. Eric Montross chipped in 16 points. George Lynch added 12 points and 10 rebounds. They defeated the East Carolina Pirates, Rhode Island Rams, Arkansas Razorbacks, Cincinnati Bearcats, and Kansas Jayhawks en route to the championship game.

UNC defeated the Georgetown Hoyas 63-62 in 1982. James Worthy led the way with 28 points. Michael Jordan finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. UNC defeated the James Madison Dukes, Alabama Crimson Tide, Villanova Wildcats, and Houston Cougars en route to the championship game.

UNC defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 54-53 in three overtimes in the 1957 championship game. Lennie Rosenbluth led the team in scoring with 20 points. Pete Brennan had 11 points and 11 rebounds. They defeated the Yale Bulldogs, Canisius Golden Griffins, Syracuse Orange, and Michigan State Spartans en route to the championship game.    

Important Team Events 

Dean Smith won his first championship as head coach in 1982, as that was his 20th year with the program. None other than Michael Jordan lifted the Tar Heels to a 63-62 victory with a last-second jumper. This was MJ’s only championship in college.

UNC defeated the Duke Blue Devils in the 1998 ACC championship game, as both teams are known for being historic rivals. The Tar Heels were the fourth seed, whereas the Blue Devils were the first seed. Antawn Jamison finished the game with 22 points and 18 rebounds, as he was named the MVP of the ACC Tournament. Vince Carter contributed 16 points including some clutch shots down the stretch.

Tyler Hansbrough became the ACC’s all-time leading scorer back in 2009, as he sank both of his free throws in the opening game of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. He remains the all-time leading scorer in the ACC to this day with 2,872 points.

Top Players 

Michael Jordan had arguably the greatest career of all time as an NBA basketball player, but before he went on to the league, he spent three years at Chapel Hill. He was the National College Player of the Year in 1984 as well as the ACC Player of the Year. He also hit the game-winning shot for UNC in the 1982 championship game over Georgetown. Jordan went on to play 15 seasons in the NBA, with 13 being spent with the Chicago Bulls, two with the Washington Wizards. Jordan is a five-time MVP, six-time champion, 10-time scoring champ, and a former Defensive Player of the Year, among other awards.

Vince Carter is the greatest dunker the game of basketball has ever seen, as he electrified Chapel Hill for three years during his time there. Carter was a First Team All-ACC and Third Team All-ACC selection during his time there. VC spent an NBA record 22 seasons in the league, as he had stints with the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Atlanta Hawks. Carter was an eight-time All-Star, two-time All NBA selection, an NBA Teammate of the Year Award winner in 2016, and NBA Sportsmanship Award winner in 2020.

James Worthy was a First Team and Second Team All-ACC selection during his three years at UNC. He went on to have a 12-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning three championships with an NBA Finals MVP. He also was a two-time All-NBA selection.

Antawn Jamison was the National College Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year in 1998. He went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA, which included stints with the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers. He was a two-time All-Star and Sixth Man of the Year winner.

Top Coaches 

Dean Smith is the most celebrated coach in program history, as he has the most wins by far as a UNC coach with an 879-254 record to his name. Smith coached many of the legendary players the program has ever seen, including Michael Jordan and Vince Carter. He helped promote desegregation by recruiting the first African American scholarship basketball player Charlie Scott. It may have taken him 20 years to win his first championship, but it still doesn’t erase what he accomplished at Chapel Hill.

Roy Williams is the second-winningest coach in program history, as he has a 485-163 all-time record. He has the most championships as a coach in UNC history as well, as he was the coach during their 2005, 2009, and 2017 runs. Williams has been credited for helping the Tar Heels get back to relevance following Smith’s tenure and for promoting a family-like culture.

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