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 Opponent Site


Result Record
1956/12/04* Furman Woollen GymnasiumChapel Hill, NC W 94–66  1–0
1956/12/08 vs. Clemson Charlotte, NC W 94–75  2–0
1956/12/12* vs. George Washington Norfolk, VA W 82–55  3–0
1956/12/15 at South Carolina Carolina FieldhouseColumbia, SC W 90–86OT  4–0
1956/12/17 Maryland Woollen Gymnasium • Chapel Hill, NC W 70–61  5–0
1956/12/20* vs. NYU Madison Square GardenNew York City W 64–59  6–0
1956/12/21* vs. Dartmouth Boston GardenBoston W 89–61  7–0
1956/12/22* vs. Holy Cross Boston Garden • Boston W 83–70  8–0
1956/12/27* vs. Utah Reynolds ColiseumRaleigh, NC
(Dixie Classic)
W 97–76  9–0
1956/12/28* vs. Duke Reynolds Coliseum • Raleigh, NC
(Dixie Classic)
W 87–71  10–0
1956/12/29* vs. Wake Forest Reynolds Coliseum • Raleigh, NC
(Dixie Classic)
W 63–55  11–0
1957/01/08* at William & Mary Blow GymnasiumWilliamsburg, VA W 71–61  12–0
1957/01/11 Clemson Woollen Gymnasium • Chapel Hill, NC W 86–54  13–0
1957/01/12 Virginia Woollen Gymnasium • Chapel Hill, NC W 102–90  14–0
1957/01/15 at NC State Reynolds Coliseum • Raleigh, NC W 83–57  15–0
1957/01/30* at Western Carolina Breese Gymnasium • Cullowhee, NC W 77–59  16–0
1957/02/05 at Maryland Cole Field HouseCollege Park, MD W 65–612OT  17–0
1957/02/09 Duke Woollen Gymnasium • Chapel Hill, NC W 75–73  18–0
1957/02/11 at Virginia Memorial GymnasiumCharlottesville, VA W 68–59  19–0
1957/02/13 Wake Forest Woollen Gymnasium • Chapel Hill, NC W 72–69  20–0
1957/02/19 NC State Woollen Gymnasium • Chapel Hill, NC W 86–57  21–0
1957/02/22 South Carolina Woollen Gymnasium • Chapel Hill, NC W 75–62  22–0
1957/02/26 at Wake Forest Memorial ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC W 69–64  23–0
1957/03/01 at Duke Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC W 86–72  24–0
ACC Tournament
1957/03/07 vs. Clemson Reynolds Coliseum • Raleigh, NC
(ACC Men's Basketball Tournament)
W 81–61  25–0
1957/03/08 vs. Wake Forest Reynolds Coliseum • Raleigh, NC
(ACC Men's Basketball Tournament)
W 61–59  26–0
1957/03/09 vs. South Carolina Reynolds Coliseum • Raleigh, NC
(ACC Men's Basketball Tournament)
W 95–75  27–0
NCAA Tournament
1957/03/12 vs. Yale Madison Square Garden • New York City
(NCAA East Regional Quarterfinal)
W 90–74  28–0
1957/03/15 vs. Canisius PalestraPhiladelphia, PA
(NCAA East Regional Semifinal)
W 87–75  29–0
1957/03/16 vs. Syracuse Palestra • Philadelphia, PA
(NCAA East Regional Final)
W 67–58  30–0
1957/03/22 vs. Michigan State Municipal AuditoriumKansas City, MO
(NCAA National Semifinal)
W 74–703OT  31–0
1957/03/23 vs. Kansas Municipal Auditorium • Kansas City, MO
(NCAA National Final)
W 54–533OT  32–0
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

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