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North Carolina Tar Heel Championship Seasons in Review
1957 National Champs: Head coach Frank McGuire led UNC to its first NCAA Tournament Title with a win against the Wilt Chamberlin led Kansas Jayhawks. Lennie Rosenbluth was the star of the 1957 squad. His 27 points and 8.6 rebounds a game in regular season play led the Tar Heels to the ACC championship and beyond.
1982 National Champs: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and James Worthy led the way for the Tar Heels championship run in 1992. Freshman Michael Jordan hit the winning jumper against Georgetown in the championship game as UNC won 63 to 62. UNC began and finished the year ranked No. 1 in the country in the Associated Press poll. In fact, Carolina held the No. 1 ranking for all but five weeks in 1981-82. The Tar Heels posted a 32-2 record. North Carolina's only losses were to Wake Forest at home when and at Virginia.
1993 National Champs: The Tar Heels finished the season 34-4, winning 18 consecutive games at one point. UNC defeated Michigan for the national title by a 77 to 71 score in what will always be remembered for Michigan's Chris Weber inopportune time out. The victory was Coach Dean Smith's 2nd national championship and also avenged a loss to the Wolverines earlier in the season. Leading the charge for North Carolina was Center Eric Montross and senior forward George Lynch on the inside and shooting guard Donald Williams provided the spark from the outside.
2005 National Champs: UNC went 33-4 under the direction of Tar Heel 2nd year coach Roy Williams. Although, North Carolina had a dominating season throughout, the season began with an upset loss to Santa Clara. UNC would rebound by winning the ACC before defeating No. 1 ranked Illinois for the national title. North Carolina was led by seniors Jawad Williams and Jackie Manuel.
North Carolina Tar Heels
NCAA Basketball Tournament History
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Champions
1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009
NCAA Tournament Final Four Appearances
1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009
Frank McGuire, Dean Smith and Roy Williams are the three Carolina coaches that have led the Heels to NCAA Basketball Championships.
UNC Naismith Trophy Award Winners
The school is a leader in producing winners for this award that is presented to college basketball's top player. The University has produced three Naismith winners:
- 1984: Michael Jordan
- 1998: Antawn Jamison
- 2008: Tyler Hansbrough