In the world of college basketball, the North Carolina Tar Heels are undeniable royalty. The Tar Heels have a history of recruiting the best high school basketball players in the nation and have produced over 100 NBA draft picks. This kind of talent has equaled lots of wins for the Tar Heels and great NCAA Tournament success. North Carolina has five National Championships and the second highest number of NCAA Tournament bids with 45. The Tar Heels hold the record for the most consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with 27 from 1975-2001.
North Carolina’s last championship came in 2009. The Tar Heels were the pre-season #1 team in the nation and spent the entire season in the top 5. After being upset by the Florida State Seminoles in the second round of the ACC Tournament, North Carolina received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a #1 seed in the South Region. For entirety of the NCAA Tournament, the Tar Heels were absolutely dominant with their closest margin of victory being 12 points against the #7 seed Oklahoma Sooners in the Sweet Sixteen. North Carolina won the championship game by beating the #2 seed Michigan State Spartans by a score of 89-72. A few months later, four Tar Heels were selected in the NBA Draft (Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green.) In future NBA Drafts, two other members of the 2009 National Championship team, (Ed Davis in 2010 and Tyler Zeller in 2012) would also get selected.
North Carolina Tar Heels Recent NCAA Tourament History
North Carolina hasn’t missed an NCAA Tournament since 2010. The Tar Heels most recent appearance came in 2014 when they finished fourth in the ACC and received an at-large bid as the #6 seed in the East Region. North Carolina’s first game was against the #11 seed Providence Friars and they narrowly avoided the upset, winning by a score of 79-77. In their next game, the Tar Heels played the #3 seed Iowa State Hawkeyes and it was another close game that ended with a score of 85-83, however, North Carolina was on the losing side this time.