1992–93 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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1992–93 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Coaches #2
AP #4
1992–93 record 34–4 (14–2, 1st ACC)
Head coach Dean Smith
Assistant coach Bill Guthridge
Assistant coach Phil Ford
Assistant coach Dave Hanners
Home arena Dean Smith Center
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The 1992–93 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina in the 1992-93 NCAA Division I men's basketball season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 34-4 overall, won the ACC regular season title with a 14-2 record and won the 1993 national championship. They were coached by Dean Smith, who won his second national championship in his thirty-second season as head coach of the Tar Heels. They played their home games at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Season Summary[edit]

The 1992-93 team was led by George Lynch, Eric Montross, Brian Reese, Donald Williams and Derrick Phelps. The Tar Heels started out with an 8-0 record and were ranked #5 in the country when they met #6 Michigan in the semi-finals of the Rainbow Classic. The Wolverines, led by the Fab Five in their sophomore season, won 79-78 to on a last-second shot. North Carolina bounced back with nine straight wins before losing back-to-back road games against unranked Wake Forest and #5 Duke. After seven more straight wins, the Tar Heels were ranked #1 heading into the last week of the regular season (their first #1 ranking since the start of the 1987-88 season). North Carolina beat #14 Wake Forest and #6 Duke to close out the regular season and clinch the top seed in the ACC tournament. North Carolina reached the tournament final, but they lost 77-75 to Georgia Tech without Derrick Phelps who was injured. Nonetheless, North Carolina was awarded the top seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, defeating #16-seed East Carolina (85-65), #8-seed Rhode Island (112-67), #4-seed Arkansas (80-74) and #2-seed Cincinnati (75-68) to reach the final four in New Orleans.

In the national semi-finals, Smith's Tar Heels defeated his alma mater Kansas (coached by future North Carolina coach Roy Williams) 78-68, setting up a rematch with #3-ranked Michigan in the finals.

The national title game was a see-saw battle throughout, but is remembered best for Chris Webber's time out call with seconds left when Michigan didn't have any. Michigan was assessed a technical foul and North Carolina ended up winning 77-71, giving Smith his second national championship.[1]


Name # Position Height Year Home Town
Eric Montross 00 Center 7–0 Junior Indianapolis, IN
Pat Sullivan 3 Forward 6–8 Junior Bogota, NJ
Larry Davis 4 Guard 6–3 Freshman Denmark, SC
Henrik Rödl 5 Forward 6–8 Senior Heusenstamm, Germany
Scott Cherry 11 Guard/Forward 6–5 Senior Ballston Spa, NY
Derrick Phelps 14 Guard 6–3 Junior Pleasantville, NY
Donald Williams 21 Guard 6–3 Sophomore Garner, NC
Dante Calabria 24 Guard 6–4 Freshman Beaver Falls, PA
Brian Reese 31 Forward 6–6 Junior Bronx, NY
Kevin Salvadori 33 Center/Forward 7–0 Junior Pittsburgh, PA
George Lynch 34 Forward 6–8 Senior Roanoke, VA
Travis Stephenson 35 Forward 6–7 Senior Angier, NC
Ed Geth 40 Forward 6–9 Freshman Norfolk, VA
Matt Wenstrom 50 Center 7–1 Senior Katy, TX

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • West
    • North Carolina 85, East Carolina 65
    • North Carolina 112, Rhode Island 67
    • North Carolina 80, Arkansas 74
    • North Carolina 75, Cincinnati 68
  • Final Four
    • North Carolina 78, Kansas 68
    • North Carolina 77, Michigan 71


Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1993 1 12 George Lynch Los Angeles Lakers
1994 1 9 Eric Montross Boston Celtics