2007–08 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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2007–08 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
ACC Regular Season and
Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
2007–08 record 36–3 (14–2 ACC)
Head coach Roy Williams
Assistant coach Joe Holladay
Assistant coach Steve Robinson
Assistant coach Jerod Haase
Home arena Dean Smith Center
Seasons
« 2006–07 2008–09 »
2007–08 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 North Carolina 14 2   .875     36 3   .923
#9 Duke 13 3   .813     28 6   .824
#22 Clemson 10 6   .625     24 10   .706
Virginia Tech 9 7   .563     21 14   .600
Miami (FL) 8 8   .500     23 11   .676
Maryland 8 8   .500     19 15   .559
Georgia Tech 7 9   .438     15 17   .469
Wake Forest 7 9   .438     17 13   .567
Florida State 7 9   .438     19 15   .559
Virginia 5 11   .313     17 16   .515
Boston College 4 12   .250     14 17   .452
North Carolina State 4 12   .250     15 16   .484
† ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007–08 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Roy Williams. The team played its home games in the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Roster[edit]

2007–08 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 2 Campbell, MarcMarc Campbell 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) RS So Ravenscroft Raleigh, NC
F 40 Copeland, MikeMike Copeland 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr R. J. Reynolds Winston-Salem, NC
G 22 Ellington, WayneWayne Ellington 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Episcopal Academy Wynnewood, PA
G 4 Frasor, BobbyBobby Frasor 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Jr Brother Rice Blue Island, IL
G/F 1 Ginyard, MarcusMarcus Ginyard 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Jr Bishop O'Connell Alexandria, VA
F 13 Graves, WilliamWilliam Graves 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Fr Dudley Greensboro, NC
G/F 14 Green, DannyDanny Green 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr St. Mary's North Babylon, NY
C 50 Hansbrough, TylerTyler Hansbrough 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Jr Poplar Bluff Poplar Bluff, MO
G 5 Lawson, TyTy Lawson 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 193 lb (88 kg) So Oak Hill Academy Clinton, MD
G 34 Little, GregGreg Little 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Hillside Durham, NC
F 35 Moody, PatrickPatrick Moody 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr T. C. Roberson Arden, NC
F/C 32 Stepheson, AlexAlex Stepheson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Harvard-Westlake Los Angeles, CA
G 15 Tanner, J. B.J. B. Tanner 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr West Henderson Hendersonville, NC
G 11 Thomas, QuentinQuentin Thomas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Oakland Technical Senior Oakland, CA
F 21 Thompson, DeonDeon Thompson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Torrance Torrance, CA
F 24 Wood, SurrySurry Wood 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Cary Academy Raleigh, NC
G 30 Wooten, JackJack Wooten 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Walter Williams Burlington, NC
Head coach

Roy Williams

Assistant coach(es)

Joe Holladay
Steve Robinson
Jerod Haase


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: October 29, 2012

  • Note: During the December 27 game against Nevada, backup point guard Bobby Frasor was injured, requiring surgery and ending his season.

Schedule and results[edit]

The Tar Heels began the season ranked atop both major polls, and stayed there for the first two months of the season despite closer-than-expected games against Davidson and Clemson. They suffered their first loss of the season against Maryland on January 19. Three games later, point guard Ty Lawson twisted his ankle and missed most of February. Despite this, the Tar Heels didn't miss a beat, going 8–1 the rest of the way. They regained the top spot in the polls in late February and held it for the rest of the season. They clinched their 26th ACC regular season title by avenging their earlier loss to Duke in the last game of the season.

In the ACC Tournament held in Charlotte, the top-seeded Tar Heels defeated Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson to win their 17th conference tournament title. In so doing, they went into the NCAA Tournament with a 32–2 record—the most wins going into the tourney in school history.

In the NCAA Tournament, the Tar Heels were seeded first in the East Regional, and were also the overall top seed in the tournament. They routed Mount St. Mary's and Arkansas while playing just 30 minutes from campus at the RBC Center in Raleigh. They were no less dominant in the regional phase in Charlotte, scoring convincing wins over Washington State and Louisville to make their 17th trip to the Final Four, but in their national semifinal game, they lost to Kansas, who went on to win the national championship. Remarkably, the Tar Heels made the Final Four while not having to leave the state of North Carolina for almost two months (a total of 10 games), and while notching two losses at the Smith Center—an arena where they have traditionally been all but unbeatable. They also set a school record for wins in a season, with 36. With Memphis having its 38-win 2007–08 season vacated by the NCAA, the 2007–08 Tar Heels' 36 wins are now the second-most in Division I history.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 3* 8:15 p.m. Shaw #1 Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC W 114–62  19,343
November 9* 7:30 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC W 107–52  18,357
Regular Season
November 14* 7:00 p.m. at Davidson #1 Charlotte Bobcats ArenaCharlotte, NC ESPN W 72–68  19,299 1–0
Las Vegas Invitational
November 18* 6:00 p.m. Iona #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPNU W 107–72  18,970 2–0
November 20* 7:30 p.m. South Carolina State #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(Las Vegas Invitational)
W 110–64  18,318 3–0
November 23* 11:55 p.m. vs. Old Dominion #1 Orleans ArenaLas Vegas, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPNU W 99–82  5,500 4–0
November 24* 10:30 p.m. vs. Brigham Young #1 Orleans Arena • Las Vegas, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPN W 73–63  5,500 5–0
November 28* 9:00 p.m. at Ohio State #1 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH
(ACC–Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN W 66–55  19,049 6–0
December 1* 2:00 p.m. at Kentucky #1 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY ESPN2 W 86–77  24,252 7–0
December 4* 7:00 p.m. at Penn #1 The PalestraPhiladelphia, PA ESPN2 W 106–71  8,722 8–0
December 16* 8:00 p.m. at Rutgers #1 Louis Brown Athletic CenterPiscataway, NJ ESPN W 93–71  8,312 9–0
December 19* 9:00 p.m. Nicholls State #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPNU W 88–78  17,706 10–0
December 22* 1:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC FSN W 105–70  20,520 11–0
December 27* 7:00 p.m. Nevada #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN2 W 106–70  21,750 12–0
December 30* 7:30 p.m. Valparaiso #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC FSN W 90–58  21,046 13–0
January 2* 8:00 p.m. Kent State #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN W 90–61  20,356 14–0
January 6 7:30 p.m. at #19 Clemson #1 Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC FSN W 90–88 OT 10,000 15–0 (1–0)
January 9* 7:00 p.m. UNC Asheville #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPNU W 93–81  20,326 16–0 (1–0)
January 12 12:00 p.m. North Carolina State #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN W 93–62  21,750 17–0 (2–0)
January 16 9:00 p.m. at Georgia Tech #1 Alexander Memorial ColiseumAtlanta, GA ESPN W 83–82  9,191 18–0 (3–0)
January 19 3:30 p.m. Maryland #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ABC L 80–82  21,033 18–1 (3–1)
January 23 9:00 p.m. at Miami (FL) #5 BankUnited CenterCoral Gables, FL Raycom W 98–82  7,000 19–1 (4–1)
January 31 7:00 p.m. Boston College #4 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN W 91–69  21,247 20–1 (5–1)
February 3 2:00 p.m. at Florida State #4 Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL FSN W 84–73 OT 11,066 21–1 (6–1)
February 6 9:00 p.m. #2 Duke #3 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC Raycom/ESPN L 78–89  21,750 21–2 (6–2)
February 10 6:30 p.m. Clemson #3 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC FSN W 103–93 2OT 20,767 22–2 (7–2)
February 12 8:00 p.m. at Virginia #5 John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA Raycom/ESPN2 W 75–74  13,765 23–2 (8–2)
February 16 1:00 p.m. Virginia Tech #5 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC CBS W 92–53  20,890 24–2 (9–2)
February 20 7:00 p.m. at North Carolina State #3 RBC CenterRaleigh, NC ESPN W 84–70  19,700 25–2 (10–2)
February 24 6:30 p.m. Wake Forest #3 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC FSN W 89–73  21,004 26–2 (11–2)
March 1 3:30 p.m. at Boston College #3 Conte ForumChestnut Hill, MA ABC W 90–80  8,606 27–2 (12–2)
March 4 8:00 p.m. Florida State #1 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC Raycom W 90–77  20,520 28–2 (13–2)
March 8 9:00 p.m. at #6 Duke #1 Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC ESPN W 76–68  9,314 29–2 (14–2)
ACC Tournament
March 14 12:00 p.m. vs. Florida State #1 Charlotte Bobcats Arena • Charlotte, NC
(Quarterfinals, No. 1 vs. No. 9)
Raycom/ESPN2 W 82–70  20,035 30–2
March 15 1:30 p.m vs. Virginia Tech #1 Charlotte Bobcats Arena • Charlotte, NC
(Semifinals, No. 1 vs. No. 4)
Raycom/ESPN W 68–66  20,035 31–2
March 16 1:00 p.m. vs. Clemson #1 Charlotte Bobcats Arena • Charlotte, NC
(Championship Game, No. 1 vs. No. 3)
Raycom/ESPN W 86–81  20,035 32–2
NCAA Tournament
March 21* 7:10 p.m. vs. #(16) Mount St. Mary's #1 (1) RBC Center • Raleigh, NC
(First Round, No. 1 vs. No. 16)
CBS W 113–74  19,477 33–2
March 23* 5:20 p.m. vs. #(9) Arkansas #1 (1) RBC Center • Raleigh, NC
(Second Round, No. 1 vs. No. 9)
CBS W 108–77  19,477 34–2
March 27* 7:27 p.m. vs. #21 (4) Washington State #1 (1) Charlotte Bobcats Arena • Charlotte, NC
(Sweet Sixteen, No. 1 vs. No. 4)
CBS W 68–47  19,092 35–2
March 29* 9:05 p.m. vs. #13 (3) Louisville #1 (1) Charlotte Bobcats Arena • Charlotte, NC
(Elite Eight, No. 1 vs. No. 3)
CBS W 83–73  19,092 36–2
April 5* 8:47 p.m. vs. #4 (1) Kansas #1 (1) AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX
(Final Four, No. 1 vs. No.1)
CBS L 66–84  43,718 36–3
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll timezone=Eastern Time[1].

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
2009 1 13 Tyler Hansbrough Indiana Pacers
2009 1 18 Ty Lawson Denver Nuggets
2009 1 28 Wayne Ellington Minnesota Timberwolves
2009 2 46 Danny Green Cleveland Cavaliers

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