1956–57 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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1956–57 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1956–57 record 32–0 (14–0 ACC)
Head coach Frank McGuire
Assistant coach Buck Freeman
Home arena Woollen Gymnasium
Seasons
« 1955–56 1957–58 »

The 1956–57 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented University of North Carolina. The Head Coach was Frank McGuire. The team played its home games at Woollen Gymnasium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team was the second undefeated national champion in NCAA basketball history and was the first ACC team to win a title.

Season Summary[edit]

Hired away from St. John’s in 1952 to make North Carolina basketball competitive with rival NC State, legendary coach Frank McGuire mined his native New York for talent and put together a team that won the national championship by slowing down dominating Kansas center Wilt Chamberlain. A veteran lineup led by star forward Lennie Rosenbluth, who averaged 28 points, finished the season a perfect 32-0.

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Year Home Town
Pete Brennan 35 Forward 6–6 Junior Brooklyn, NY
Bob Cunningham 20 Guard 6–4 Junior New York, NY
Stan Groll 43 Guard 6–0 Junior Brooklyn, NY
Bill Hathaway 30 Center 6–11 Sophomore Long Beach, NY
Gehrmann Holland 31 Forward 6–3 Sophomore Beaufort, NC
Tommy Kearns 40 Guard 5–11 Junior Bergenfield, NJ
Danny Lotz 33 Forward 6–7 Sophomore Northport, NY
Joe Quigg 41 Center 6–9 Junior Brooklyn, NY
Tony Radovich 44 Guard 6–2 Senior Hoboken, NJ
Ken Rosemond 11 Guard 5–10 Junior Hillsboro, NC
Lennie Rosenbluth 10 Forward 6–5 Senior Bronx, NY
Ron Searcy 22 Forward 6–4 Junior Draper, NC
Bob Young 20 Center 6–6 Senior Queens, NY

Schedule[edit]

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Date
Time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site
City, State
1956/12/04*
no, no
Furman W 94–66  1–0
Woollen Gymnasium
Chapel Hill, NC
1956/12/08
no, no
vs. Clemson W 94–75  2–0

Charlotte, NC
1956/12/12*
no, no
vs. George Washington W 82–55  3–0

Norfolk, VA
1956/12/15
no, no
at South Carolina W 90–86OT  4–0
Carolina Fieldhouse
Columbia, SC
1956/12/17
no, no
Maryland W 70–61  5–0
Woollen Gymnasium
Chapel Hill, NC
1956/12/20*
no, no
vs. NYU W 64–59  6–0
Madison Square Garden
New York City
1956/12/21*
no, no
vs. Dartmouth W 89–61  7–0
Boston Garden
Boston
1956/12/22*
no, no
vs. Holy Cross W 83–70  8–0
Boston Garden
Boston
1956/12/27*
no, no
vs. Utah
Dixie Classic
W 97–76  9–0
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
1956/12/28*
no, no
vs. Duke
Dixie Classic
W 87–71  10–0
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
1956/12/29*
no, no
vs. Wake Forest
Dixie Classic
W 63–55  11–0
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
1957/01/08*
no, no
at William & Mary W 71–61  12–0
Blow Gymnasium
Williamsburg, VA
1957/01/11
no, no
Clemson W 86–54  13–0
Woollen Gymnasium
Chapel Hill, NC
1957/01/12
no, no
Virginia W 102–90  14–0
Woollen Gymnasium
Chapel Hill, NC
1957/01/15
no, no
at NC State W 83–57  15–0
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
1957/01/30*
no, no
at Western Carolina W 77–59  16–0
Breese Gymnasium
Cullowhee, NC
1957/02/05
no, no
at Maryland W 65–612OT  17–0
Cole Field House
College Park, MD
1957/02/09
no, no
Duke W 75–73  18–0
Woollen Gymnasium
Chapel Hill, NC
1957/02/11
no, no
at Virginia W 68–59  19–0
Memorial Gymnasium
Charlottesville, VA
1957/02/13
no, no
Wake Forest W 72–69  20–0
Woollen Gymnasium
Chapel Hill, NC
1957/02/19
no, no
NC State W 86–57  21–0
Woollen Gymnasium
Chapel Hill, NC
1957/02/22
no, no
South Carolina W 75–62  22–0
Woollen Gymnasium
Chapel Hill, NC
1957/02/26
no, no
at Wake Forest W 69–64  23–0
Memorial Coliseum
Winston-Salem, NC
1957/03/01
no, no
at Duke W 86–72  24–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Durham, NC
ACC Tournament
1957/03/07
no, no
vs. Clemson
ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
W 81–61  25–0
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
1957/03/08
no, no
vs. Wake Forest
ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
W 61–59  26–0
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
1957/03/09
no, no
vs. South Carolina
ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
W 95–75  27–0
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
NCAA Tournament
1957/03/12
no, no
vs. Yale
NCAA East Regional Quarterfinal
W 90–74  28–0
Madison Square Garden
New York City
1957/03/15
no, no
vs. Canisius
NCAA East Regional Semifinal
W 87–75  29–0
Palestra
Philadelphia, PA
1957/03/16
no, no
vs. Syracuse
NCAA East Regional Final
W 67–58  30–0
Palestra
Philadelphia, PA
1957/03/22
no, no
vs. Michigan State
NCAA National Semifinal
W 74–703OT  31–0
Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, MO
1957/03/23
no, no
vs. Kansas
NCAA National Final
W 54–533OT  32–0
Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, MO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

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