TAR HEELS WILL OPEN ACC TOURNAMENT PLAY ON FRIDAY VS. FSU/CLEMSON WINNER
• North Carolina (22-9, 12-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) will open play in the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Friday night in the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro.
• The Tar Heels are the tournament's No. 3 seed and will play Friday night at approximately 9:30 p.m. against the winner of Thursday's game between No. 6 seed Florida State and No. 11 seed Clemson.
• The ACC Network will televise the game in the ACC region (with Tim Brando, Cory Alexander and Debbie Antonelli providing coverage), and ESPN2 will broadcast the game live nationally (with Dan Shulman, Sean Farnham and Jeannine Edwards on the mic).
• UNC is seeking its 18th ACC Tournament title and its first since winning consecutive championships in 2007 and 2008. Carolina has won ACC Tournament championships in 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008.
• Carolina went 12-6 in ACC play this season, finishing third in the conference behind Miami (15-3) and Duke (14-4).
• The Tar Heels have won six of their last seven games entering the ACC Tournament, seeing their six-game winning streak come to an end in the regular season finale against Duke. UNC has gone 12-4 since starting ACC play 0-2 in early January.
A LOOK AHEAD ...
• The winner of Friday night's game will advance to Saturday's second semifinal game at 3 p.m. against the winner of the quarterfinal game between No. 2 seed Duke and Thursday's Maryland/Wake Forest winner.
ACC TOURNAMENT FAST FACTS
• North Carolina has won 17 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championships and played in the championship game a record 31 times.
• The Tar Heels have been the ACC Tournament No. 3 seed nine times (1958, 1963, 1974, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2013) and won the event as the No. 3 seed in '97.
• A Tar Heel has won the ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player award 18 times. The MVPs include: Lennie Rosenbluth (1957), Larry Miller (1967, 1968), Charles Scott (1969), Lee Dedmon (1971), Robert McAdoo (1972), Phil Ford (1975), John Kuester (1977), Dudley Bradley (1979), Sam Perkins (1981), James Worthy (1982), J.R. Reid (1989), Rick Fox (1991), Jerry Stackhouse (1994), Shammond Williams (1997), Antawn Jamison (1998), Brandan Wright (2007) and Tyler Hansbrough (2008).
• Dean Smith won 13 Tournament titles, tied with Mike Krzyzewski for most in history. Smith's teams were 58-23 and played in the championship game 21 times. Roy Williams has won two titles (2007, 2008).
CAROLINA'S HISTORY IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
• The Tar Heels have an all-time record of 88-41 in Tournament play.
• Carolina's all-time ACC Tournament winning percentage of .682 is second-best in conference history behind Duke (91-40, .695).
• Last year, Carolina made its 31st appearance in the ACC Tournament final, most all-time. UNC is 17-14 in its 30 championship game appearances.
• The Tar Heels have won the ACC Tournament 17 times, second in league history behind Duke's 19.
• Carolina has won ACC Tournament championships in 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008.
• The Tar Heels have played in the ACC Tournament finals in 16 of the last 26 seasons (entering this weekend).
• Roy Williams is aiming for his third ACC championship as a head coach after capturing the 2007 title in Tampa and the 2008 title in Charlotte. While the head coach at Kansas, Williams won four Big 8/12 Tournament titles (1992, 1997, 1998 and 1999). Williams was an assistant coach under Dean Smith for three ACC championships at UNC (1979, 1981, 1982).
CAROLINA IN GREENSBORO
• Carolina has an all-time record of 115-30 in the city of Greensboro.
• That 115-30 figure includes a 6-1 record at Guilford College between 1913 and 1941 and an 0-2 record in the city prior to the construction of War Memorial Coliseum in 1959. The arena was later renamed the Greensboro Coliseum.
• Carolina is 109-27 in the building now known as the Greensboro Coliseum.
• Carolina is 34-15 in ACC Tournament games played in Greensboro and has won eight of its 17 ACC Tournament championships in the city. The Tar Heels have won ACC Tournament titles in Greensboro in 1967, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1997 and 1998.
• UNC is 7-0 in NCAA Tournament games played in Greensboro, most recently going 2-0 in the opening two rounds against Vermont and Creighton in 2012.
• Head coach Roy Williams is 3-4 as a head coach in ACC Tournament games in Greensboro (0-1 in 2004, 1-1 in 2006, 0-1 in 2010, 2-1 in 2011). In 2004, the Tar Heels lost in the quarterfinals to Georgia Tech. In 2006, Carolina beat Virginia in the quarterfinals before losing to Boston College in the semis. In 2010, UNC lost in the first round to Georgia Tech. In 2011, the Tar Heels lost to Duke in the final.
TAR HEELS AS NO. 3 SEED IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
• This is the ninth time Carolina has been the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament - 1958, 1963, 1974, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2013 - and won the event as the third seed in 1997.
• UNC has gone 11-7 as the No. 3 seed and is making its first appearance as the third seed since 1999.
ROY WILLIAMS IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
• Carolina is making its 10th ACC Tournament appearance under head coach Roy Williams. The Tar Heels are 13-7 (.650) in ACC Tournament play under Williams' tutelage.
• Williams' ACC Tournament winning percentage of .650 is eighth-best in ACC history.
• Williams is aiming for his third ACC championship as a head coach after capturing the 2007 title in Tampa and the 2008 title in Charlotte.