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2008-09 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
National Champions
ACC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Men's Division I Tournament
Championship Game, W 89-72 v. Michigan State
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
2008-09 record 34-4 (13-3 ACC)
Head coach Roy Williams
Assistant coach Joe Holladay
Assistant coach Steve Robinson
Assistant coach Jerod Haase

Home arena

Dean Smith Center
Seasons
« 2007-08 2009-10 »
2008–09 ACC men's basketball standings
   Conf Overall
Team W L PCT W L PCT
#2 North Carolina 13 3 .813 34 4 .895
#6 Duke 11 5 .688 30 7 .811
#12 Wake Forest 11 5 .688 24 7 .774
#16 Florida State 10 6 .625 25 10 .714
#24 Clemson 9 7 .563 23 9 .719
Boston College 9 7 .563 22 12 .647
Maryland 7 9 .438 21 14 .600
Virginia Tech 7 9 .438 19 15 .559
Miami 7 9 .438 19 13 .594
North Carolina St 6 10 .375 16 14 .533
Virginia 4 12 .250 10 18 .357
Georgia Tech 2 14 .125 12 19 .387

† ACC Tournament winner
  Rankings from AP Poll


The 2008–09 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Head Coach is Roy Williams. The team plays its home games in the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team won the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the fifth NCAA national title in school history.

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Preseason

The Tar Heels were a trendy pick to win the National Championship this year, primarily because Wayne Ellington, Danny Green and Ty Lawson decided to withdraw from the 2008 NBA Draft, and consensus national Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough never declared for that draft.[1] In the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll the Tar Heels were ranked #1. It is the first unanimous preseason #1 ranking in the history of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.[2] UNC also received the first unanimous preseason #1 ranking in the history of the Associated Press Poll.[3]

Roster

Name [4] # Position Height Weight Year Home Town High School
Marc Campbell 2 Guard 5-11 175 Junior Raleigh, NC Ravenscroft
Mike Copeland 40 Forward 6-7 235 Senior Winston-Salem, NC R. J. Reynolds
Ed Davis 32 Forward 6-10 220 Freshman Richmond, VA Benedictine
Larry Drew II 11 Guard 6-1 180 Freshman Encino, CA Woodland Hills Taft
Wayne Ellington 22 Guard 6-4 200 Junior Wynnewood, PA Episcopal Academy
Bobby Frasor 4 Guard 6-3 210 Senior Blue Island, IL Brother Rice
Marcus Ginyard 1 Guard/Forward 6-5 220 Senior Alexandria, VA Bishop O'Connell
Will Graves 13 Guard/Forward 6-6 245 Sophomore Greensboro, NC Dudley
Danny Green 14 Guard/Forward 6-6 210 Senior North Babylon, NY St. Mary's
Tyler Hansbrough 50 Forward 6-9 250 Senior Poplar Bluff, MO Poplar Bluff
Ty Lawson 5 Guard 5-11 195 Junior Clinton, MD Oak Hill Academy
Patrick Moody 35 Forward 6-4 195 Senior Asheville, NC T. C. Roberson
J.B. Tanner 15 Guard 6-0 185 Senior Hendersonville, NC West Henderson
Deon Thompson 21 Forward 6-8 240 Junior Torrance, CA Torrance
Justin Watts 24 Guard 6-4 205 Freshman Durham, NC Jordan
Jack Wooten 30 Guard 6-2 190 Senior Burlington, NC Williams
Tyler Zeller 44 Forward 7-0 220 Freshman Washington, IN Washington

Schedule and Results

The Tar Heels rolled through the nonconference schedule, along the way winning the Maui Invitational for the third time. They sputtered out of the gate to start ACC play, dropping their first two conference games to Boston College and Wake Forest. However, they recovered to reel off 10 straight conference wins, including a 101-87 thrashing of rival Duke. Their only relatively close games during this stretch came against the ACC's two Florida teams—most notably against Florida State, in which they escaped with a Ty Lawson buzzer-beater.

They lost to Maryland in overtime, but recovered to win their last three games. A win over Virginia Tech gave the Tar Heels at least a share of their 27th regular season title, and fourth in a row. They won the title outright with a season-ending win over Duke.

The ACC Tournament didn't go nearly as well, largely because Ty Lawson was sidelined with an injured big toe. They needed a last-minute score to defeat Virginia Tech, then fell to Florida State in the second round. Still, the Tar Heels were rewarded with the #2 ranking in the final AP Poll, behind Louisville. They also finished third in the final regular-season Coaches Poll, behind Louisville and Memphis.

Despite not making it to the ACC title game, the Tar Heels received the top seed in the NCAA South Region. It was the 13th time the Tar Heels had been selected as a #1 seed—the most since the NCAA began seeding the tournament field in 1979. It is also UNC's 41st NCAA appearance—tied with UCLA for the second-most in history.

The Tar Heels played their first- and second-round games at the Greensboro Coliseum, just an hour west of Chapel Hill. They easily dispatched Radford and LSU to advance to the regionals at the FedExForum in Memphis. In the regional round, the Heels dismantled Gonzaga 93-77. In the regional final, they defeated Oklahoma 72-60 to advance to the Final Four for the 18th time in school history—tied with UCLA for the most ever. The wins in the regional phase were also the school's 100th and 101st wins in NCAA Tournament passing Kentucky for most all-time.

The Tar Heels were the highest seed to reach the Final Four at Ford Field in Detroit; they were the overall #3 seed in the tournament behind Louisville and Pittsburgh. In the national semifinal, the Tar Heels pounded Villanova 83-69 to advance to the national championship game for the ninth time in school history. They played against Michigan State, whom the Tar Heels defeated 98-63 during the December 2008 ACC-Big Ten Challenge. They were no less dominant in the title game, winning 89-72 for the school's fifth NCAA national title—tied for the third-most all-time. The win capped off one of the most dominant runs in the tournament's history; the Tar Heels won every game by at least 12 points and led for all but 10 minutes of a possible 240 minutes of game time. It also allowed Tyler Hansbrough and his fellow seniors to end their careers as the winningest class in school history.

Wayne Ellington was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, the fourth Tar Heel so honored.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Exhibition Game
November 8* 4:00 p.m. UNC Pembroke #1 Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC
(Exhibition)
W 102-62  0-0
Regular Season
November 15* 4:00 p.m. Penn #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC FSN W 86-71  1-0
November 18* 9:00 p.m. Kentucky #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN W 77-58  2-0
November 21* 10:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara #1 Campus Events Center • Santa Barbara, CA ESPNU W 84-67  3-0
November 24* 9:30 p.m. Chaminade #1 Lahaina Civic CenterLahaina, HI
(Maui Invitational)
ESPNU W 115-70  4-0
November 25* 9:30 p.m. vs. Oregon #1 Lahaina Civic Center • Lahaina, HI
(Maui Invitational)
ESPN W 98-69  5-0
November 26* 10:00 p.m. vs. #8 Notre Dame #1 Lahaina Civic Center • Lahaina, HI
(Maui Invitational)
ESPN W 102-87  6-0
November 30* 6:30 p.m. UNC Asheville #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC FSN W 116-48  7-0
December 3* 9:15 p.m. vs. #12 Michigan State #1 Ford FieldDetroit, MI
(ACC–Big Ten Challenge / Basketbowl II)
ESPN W 98-63  8-0
December 13* 6:00 p.m. Oral Roberts #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN2 W 100-84  9-0
December 18* 7:00 p.m. Evansville #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN W 91-73  10-0
December 20* 2:00 p.m. vs. Valparaiso #1 United CenterChicago, IL ESPNU W 85-63  11-0
December 28* 7:45 p.m. Rutgers #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC FSN W 97-75  12-0
December 31* 10:00 p.m. Nevada #1 Lawlor Events CenterReno, NV ESPN2 W 84-61  13-0
January 4 5:30 p.m. Boston College #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC FSN L 85-78  13-1 (0-1)
January 7* 9:00 p.m. College of Charleston #3 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC FSN-South W 108-70  14-1 (0-1)
January 11 8:00 p.m. @ #4 Wake Forest #3 Lawrence Joel ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC FSN L 92-89  14-2 (0-2)
January 15 9:00 p.m. Virginia #6 John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA ESPN W 83-61  15-2 (1-2)
January 17 9:00 p.m. Miami #6 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN W 82-65  16-2 (2-2)
January 21 9:00 p.m. #9 Clemson #6 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN W 94-70  17-2 (3-2)
January 28 9:00 p.m. Florida State #6 Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL Raycom W 80-77  18-2 (4-2)
January 31 3:30 p.m. NC State #6 RBC CenterRaleigh, NC
(Carolina-NC State rivalry)
ABC W 93-76  19-2 (5-2)
February 3 8:00 p.m. Maryland #4 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC Raycom/ESPN W 108-91  20-2 (6-2)
February 7 4:00 p.m. Virginia #4 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC Raycom W 76-61  21-2 (7-2)
February 11 9:00 p.m. @ #5 Duke #3 Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC
(Carolina-Duke rivalry)
Raycom/ESPN W 101-87  22-2 (8-2)
February 15 7:45 p.m. @ Miami #3 Bank United CenterCoral Gables, FL FSN W 69-65  23-2 (9-2)
February 18 8:00 p.m. NC State #3 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(Carolina-NC State rivalry)
Raycom W 89-80  24-2 (10-2)
February 21 3:30 p.m. @ Maryland #3 Comcast CenterCollege Park, MD ABC L 85-88 1 24-3 (10-3)
February 28 12:00 p.m. Georgia Tech #5 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC CBS W 104-74  25-3 (11-3)
March 4 7:00 p.m. Virginia Tech #2 Cassell ColiseumBlacksburg, VA ESPN W 86-78  26-3 (12-3)
March 8 4:00 p.m. #7 Duke #2 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(Senior Day / Carolina-Duke rivalry)
CBS W 79-71  27-3 (13-3)
ACC Tournament
March 13 12:00 p.m. vs. Virginia Tech #1 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(ACC Men's Basketball Tournament)
Raycom/ESPN2 W 79-76  28-3 (13-3)
March 14 1:30 p.m. vs. #22 Florida State #1 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(ACC Men's Basketball Tournament)
Raycom/ESPN2 L 70-73  28-4
NCAA Tournament
March 19 2:50 p.m. vs. Radford #3 Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC
(NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament)
CBS W 101-58  29-4
March 21 5:45 p.m. vs. #20 LSU #3 Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC
(NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament)
CBS W 84-70  30-4
March 27 9:57 p.m. vs. #10 Gonzaga #3 FedExForumMemphis, TN
(NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament)
CBS W 98-77  31-4
March 29 5:05 p.m. vs. #8 Oklahoma #3 FedExForumMemphis, TN
(NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament)
CBS W 72-60  32-4
April 4 8:47 p.m. vs. #12 Villanova #3 Ford FieldDetroit, MI
(NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament)
CBS W 83-69  33-4
April 6 9:21 p.m. vs. #7 Michigan State #3 Ford FieldDetroit, MI
(NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament)
CBS W 89-72  34-4
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. All times are in Eastern Time [5].

See also

References

  1. ^ Ridiculously early preseason Top 25 (and one): Heels, Cards sit 1-2 - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com Live Scores, Standings, Stats
  2. ^ "Tar Heels Are Unanimous Preseason No. 1 In Coaches Poll". Tarheelblue.com. October 30, 2008. http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/103008aaa.html. Retrieved 2008-10-30.  
  3. ^ "Tar Heels voted as first unanimous preseason no. 1 in AP poll". ESPN.com. October 31, 2008. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3675860. Retrieved 2008-10-31.  
  4. ^ "2008-09 North Carolina Men's Basketball Roster." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2009. Archived 2009-07-23.
  5. ^ "2008-09 Schedule." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on August 26, 2008.
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