1977–78 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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1977-78 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
ACC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round, L 64–68 vs. San Francisco
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #16
1977-78 record 23–8 (9–3 ACC)
Head coach Dean Smith
Captain Phil Ford
Captain Tom Zaliagiris
Home arena Carmichael Auditorium
Seasons
« 1976-77 1978-79 »

The 1977–78 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 1977-78 college basketball season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
November 28* vs. Oregon State #1 Charlotte, NC W 94–63  11,666 1-0
November 30* Oregon State #2 Carmichael AuditoriumChapel Hill, NC W 90–64  10,000 2-0
December 2* vs. Duke #2 Greensboro, NC
(Big Four Tournament)
W 79–66  15,564 3-0
December 3* NC State #2 Greensboro, NC
(Big Four Tournament)
W 87–82  15,564 4-0
December 7* at William & Mary #2 Kaplan ArenaWilliamsburg, VA L 75–78  10,000 4-1
December 10* Rochester #2 Carmichael Auditorium • Chapel Hill, NC W 101–43  10,000 5-1
December 17* vs. #6 Cincinnati #5 Greensboro, NC W 67–59  15,100 6-1
December 23* at Tulane #3 New Orleans, LA W 108–103  4,100 7-1
December 28* vs. BYU #2 Honolulu, HI
(Rainbow Classic)
W 94–81  4,794 8-1
December 29* vs. Texas Tech #2 Honolulu, HI
(Rainbow Classic)
W 88–76  4,257 9-1
December 30* vs. Stanford #2 Honolulu, HI
(Rainbow Classic)
W 92–61  5,811 10-1
January 4 at Clemson #2 Clemson, SC W 79-77 OT 10,488 11-1 (1-0)
January 7 at #13 Virginia #2 Charlottesville, VA W 76–61  8,500 12-1 (2-0)
January 14 at Duke #2 Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC
(Carolina-Duke rivalry)
L 84–92  8,564 12-2 (2-1)
January 15 Wake Forest #2 Carmichael Auditorium • Chapel Hill, NC W 71–69  10,000 13-2 (3-1)
January 18 NC State #5 Carmichael Auditorium • Chapel Hill, NC
(North Carolina-NC State rivalry)
W 69–64  10,000 14-2 (4-1)
January 21 Maryland #5 Carmichael Auditorium • Chapel Hill, NC W 85–71  10,000 15-2 (5-1)
January 26 at Wake Forest #3 Winston-Salem, NC L 62–71  8,250 15-3 (5-2)
January 28 Clemson #3 Carmichael Auditorium • Chapel Hill, NC W 98–64  10,000 16-3 (6-2)
January 30* Mercer #3 Carmichael Auditorium • Chapel Hill, NC W 73–70  10,000 17-3
February 3* vs. Furman #6 Charlotte, NC
(North-South Doubleheader)
L 83–89  11,666 17-4
February 4* vs. Virginia Tech #6 Charlotte, NC
(North-South Doubleheader)
W 101–88  11,666 18-4
February 8 at Maryland #7 College Park, MD W 66–64  14,500 19-4 (7-2)
February 11* vs. Rutgers #7 New York, NY W 74–57  19,694 20-4
February 12* at #20 Providence #7 Providence, RI L 59–61  5,102 20-5
February 15 Kent State #11 Carmichael Auditorium • Chapel Hill, NC W 92–59  10,000 21-5
February 18 Virginia #11 Carmichael Auditorium • Chapel Hill, NC W 71–54  10,000 22-5 (8-2)
February 23 at NC State #8 Raleigh, NC L 67–72  12,400 22-6 (8-3)
February 25 #13 Duke #8 Carmichael Auditorium • Chapel Hill, NC W 87–83  10,000 23-6 (9-3)
March 2* vs. Wake Forest #10 Greensboro, NC
(ACC Tournament • Quarterfinals)
L 77–82  15,836 23-7
March 11* vs. #20 San Francisco #11 Tempe, AZ
(NCAA Tournament • First Round)
L 64–68  11,213 23-8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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