Tar Heels Open NCAA Play Friday Vs. Tigers
Release: 03/17/2017
UNC (27-7) vs. Texas Southern (23-11)
When: March 17, 2017 - 4 p.m. 
Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C.
Watch: TNT • NCAA March Madness Live
Live Stats: GoHeels.com
UNC NotesTexas Southern Notes 
Rankings: UNC No. 6/No. 8 (AP/coaches); Texas Southern is unranked.
Series: First meeting

• Carolina enters the 2017 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed in the South Regional.

• The Tar Heels play No. 16 Texas Southern, the regular-season and Tournament champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

• Carolina is 27-7 overall. The Tar Heels won the regular-season title in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 14-4 record, two games ahead of Florida State, Louisville and Notre Dame. 

• Carolina was the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn. The Tar Heels beat No. 9 seed Miami, 78-53, in the quarterfinals, and lost to No. 5 seed Duke, 93-83, in the semifinals.

• Texas Southern is 23-11. The Tigers won the SWAC regular season with a 16-2 record and beat second-seed Alcorn State, 53-50, in the SWAC Tournament championship game.

• The winner of the UNC-Texas Southern game will play in the second round on Sunday, March 19, against the winner of No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Seton Hall.

• Gametime for Friday’s game is 30 minutes after the Arkansas-Seton Hall game, which begins at 1:30 p.m. 

• TNT will televise Carolina’s NCAA first round game. Brian Anderson, Chris Webber and Lewis Johnson will call the action. 



• This is the first game between the Tar Heels and Texas Southern.

• Carolina is 2-0 against members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

• The Tar Heels beat Mississippi Valley State, 101-75, on 11/20/2011 in the Smith Center in the opening round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

• Carolina defeated Southern University, 93-79, on March 17, 1989, at the Omni in Atlanta in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament. Kevin Madden led the No. 2 seeded Tar Heels with 22 points.



• The Tar Heels are playing in their 163rd NCAA Tournament game, but their first in the state of South Carolina.

• This is Carolina’s first game in South Carolina other than at Clemson since a 1/4/2010 loss at the College of Charleston.



• Carolina is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 48th time. That is the second-most appearances behind Kentucky (56).

• This is UNC’s 44th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last 51 years.

• Carolina is first in NCAA Tournament history in Final Fours (19), second in appearances (48), second in wins (117), second in games (162), tied for third in winning percentage (.722) and tied for third in championships (five).


NCAA Championships

UCLA (1964-65-67-68-69-70-71-72-73-

75-95) 11

Kentucky (1948-49-51-58-78-96-98-2012) 8

North Carolina (1957-82-93-2005-09) 5

Indiana (1940-53-76-81-87) 5

Duke (1991-92-2001-10-15) 5

Connecticut (1999-2004-11-14) 4

Kansas (1952-88-2008) 3

Louisville (1980-86-2013) 3

Cincinnati (1961-62) 2

Florida (2006-07) 2

Michigan State (1979-2000) 2

Oklahoma State (1945-46) 2

NC State (1974-83) 2

San Francisco (1955-56) 2

Villanova (1985-2016) 2


NCAA Tournament Appearances

Team No.

Kentucky 56

North Carolina 48


Kansas 46

Louisville 42


Final Fours

North Carolina 19

Kentucky 17


Duke 16

Kansas 14



NCAA Tournament Games

Team No.

Kentucky 170

North Carolina 162

Kansas 144

Duke 142

UCLA 137


NCAA Tournament Wins

Team No.

Kentucky 121

North Carolina 117

Duke 107

Kansas 100



NCAA Tournament Winning Percentage

Team No.

Duke (107-35) .754

UCLA (99-38) .723

North Carolina (117-45) .722

Florida (39-15) .722

Kentucky (121-49 .712



• Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the South Region. This is the 16th time UNC has earned a No. 1 since seeds were established in 1979. 

• Carolina has earned more No. 1 seeds than any other school. Duke and Kansas are tied for second with 13; Kentucky has 12.

• Carolina has been a No. 1 seed in 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1991,1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2017.

• Carolina advanced to the Final Four nine times as a No. 1 seed – 1982, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2016.

• Roy Williams has earned a No. 1 seed for the 12th time. Only Mike Krzyzewski (13) has more. Dean Smith and Bill Self are tied for third with eight.

• Carolina is 55-11 as a No. 1 seed.


Number One Seeds

North Carolina 16

Duke 13

Kansas 13

Kentucky 12

Arizona 6



• Carolina won the NCAA championship in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009.

• Frank McGuire coached the Tar Heels to a perfect 32-0 record in 1957. Carolina won the title by winning consecutive triple overtime games in Kansas City, first beating Michigan State in the semifinals, then knocking off Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas, 54-53, in the championship game. The ‘57 Tar Heels were led by National Player of the Year Lennie Rosenbluth.

• Dean Smith won the first of two NCAA titles in 1982 in New Orleans as the Tar Heels beat John Thompson and Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas, 63-62. Final Four MVP James Worthy scored 28 points in the championship game and freshman Michael Jordan hit the winning shot with 17 seconds to play.

• Final Four MVP Donald Williams scored 25 points in both the semifinals against Kansas (coached by Roy Williams) and the championship game against Michigan (led by Chris Webber) as Carolina won the 1993 title, the second for Coach Smith and UNC’s second in the Louisiana Superdome. UNC MVP George Lynch and All-America center Eric Montross (now color analyst for the Tar Heel Radio Network) also starred on that team.

• Sean May scored 26 points and Marvin Williams scored the game-winning basket with 1:27 to play as Carolina beat No. 1 ranked Illinois, 75-70, in St. Louis in 2005 to give Roy Williams his first national championship. Cousy Award winner Raymond Felton had seven assists, a key steal and clinched the win at the free throw line.

• Final Four MVP Wayne Ellington scored 17 first-half points, Ty Lawson set a championship-game record with eight steals and Tyler Hansbrough capped a spectacular career with an NCAA title in 2009 as UNC beat Michigan State, 89-72, in Detroit. The title was the second in five years for Roy Williams.



• Carolina has played in 19 Final Fours, more than any school in college basketball history.

• The Tar Heels are the only school that has played in the Final Four in eight different decades from the 1940s to the 2010s.

• Carolina has played in the Final Four in 1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2016.

• Carolina has played in the national championship game 10 times, the fourth most in NCAA Tournament history (UCLA 13, Kentucky 12, Duke 11, UNC 10). The Tar Heels are 5-5 in the title game.



• Roy Williams is making his 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in his 29th year as a head coach. 

• Kansas was not eligible to play in the 1989 NCAA Tournament in his first season as the Jayhawks’ head coach; UNC played in the 2010 NIT.

• Williams is tied for fifth in NCAA Tournaments (27), second in wins (70), second in games (94), fourth in Final Fours (8), fifth in winning percentage among coaches with at least 50 games, tied for sixth in titles (2), and is the only coach to win a game in 26 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

• Williams is 70-24 overall, including 36-10 at Carolina and 34-14 at Kansas.

• Williams is 26-0 in the first round (12-0 at Carolina), 17-9 in the second round (8-4 at UNC), 12-5 in the Sweet 16 (7-1 at UNC), 8-4 in the Elite Eight (4-3 at UNC), 5-3 in national semifinals (3-1 at UNC) and 2-3 in the championship game (2-1 at UNC).

• Williams is 36-9 as a No. 1 seed, including 27-4 at Carolina.



No. 1 – 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002*, 2005*, 2007, 2008*, 2009*, 2012, 2016*, 2017

No. 2 – 1990, 1993*, 1996, 2003*, 2011

No. 3 – 1991*, 2006

No. 4 – 1994, 2001, 2015

No. 6 – 1999, 2004, 2014

No. 8 – 2000, 2013


* reached the Final Four



• Carolina is 10-5 this year against teams in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

• The Tar Heels have played 11 teams in the field, beating Louisville, Florida State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest; losing to Kentucky; splitting two games with Virginia and Miami; and beating Duke once and losing twice to the Blue Devils.



• Carolina was the No. 1 seed in the East Region and advanced to the Final Four with wins over (16) Florida Gulf Coast and (9) Providence in Raleigh and (5) Indiana and (6) Notre Dame in Philadelphia.

• Consensus first-team All-America Brice Johnson was the East Regional MVP and was joined on the All-Region team by Marcus Paige. 

• Carolina beat (10) Syracuse, 83-66, in Houston in the national semifinal behind 16 points from Johnson and Justin Jackson and 10 assists from Joel Berry II.

• In the national championship game, Carolina led 39-34 at the half, but fell behind by 10 with six minutes to play. The Tar Heels rallied to tie the game at 74 on a Marcus Paige three-pointer with 4.7 seconds remaining, before Kris Jenkins won it for Villanova with a three-pointer as time expired.

• Berry scored 15 first-half points and finished the title game with 20.

• Paige led all players on both teams with 21 points and six assists.

• Carolina made 11 of 17 three-pointers vs. Villanova, equaling the third most ever in the NCAA championship game.

• Carolina set an NCAA championship game record by shooting 64.7 percent from three-point range. The previous high was 63.6 percent by Indiana vs. Syracuse in 1987 (Hoosiers made 7 of 11). 

• Carolina’s three-point percentage is the second-best for any game in Final Four history behind UNLV’s 1990 semifinal vs. Georgia Tech when the Rebels shot 66.7 percent on 10 of 15 3FGs. 

• Carolina and Villanova combined to make 19 three-pointers – 11 by the Tar Heels and eight, including the game-winner, by the Wildcats. That’s the second-most in championship game history. In 2005, Carolina and Illinois combined for 21 – 12 by the Illini and nine by the champion Tar Heels.

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