2013–14 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
|2013–14 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball|
Hall of Fame Tip Off Champions
NCAA third round vs. Iowa State, L 83–85
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2013–14 record||24–10 (13–5 ACC)|
|Head coach||Roy Williams (11th year)|
|Assistant coach||Steve Robinson (11th year)|
|Assistant coach||C.B. McGrath (11th year)|
|Assistant coach||Hubert Davis (2nd year)|
|Home arena||Dean E. Smith Center|
|2013–14 ACC men's basketball standings|
|#3 Virginia †||16||–||2||.889||30||–||7||.811|
|#19 North Carolina||13||–||5||.722||24||–||10||.706|
|North Carolina State||9||–||9||.500||22||–||14||.611|
|† 2014 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2013–14 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Roy Williams, who is in his 11th season as UNC's head men's basketball coach. They played their home games at the Dean E. Smith Center as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 24–10, 13–5 in ACC play to finish in a tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament to Pittsburgh. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Providence in the second round before losing in the third round to Iowa State.
The Tar Heels entered the 2013–14 season lost two starters from the previous season as Dexter Strickland graduated and second team All-ACC shooting guard Reggie Bullock declared for the 2013 NBA draft. However, rising juniors and potential draft picks James Michael McAdoo and P. J. Hairston decided to return to Chapel Hill and UNC brought in a strong recruiting class including McDonald's All-Americans Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks.
Another offseason change involved the coaching staff as long-time Roy Williams assistant Joe Holladay retired. UNC alum Brad Frederick joined the staff as Director of Basketball Operations in June. Frederick came from the coaching staff at Vanderbilt, where he had been for 14 seasons. He is the son of former Kansas Athletic Director Bob Frederick.
However, the optimism of the Spring turned to uncertainty in the Summer as both Hairston and fifth year senior Leslie McDonald were both suspended from the team due to eligibility concerns, leaving only two scholarship guards (sophomore Marcus Paige and freshman Nate Britt) on the roster entering the season. McDonald would be reinstated in the non-conference season, but Hairston's suspension would hold for the entire season.
Even with this uncertainty, North Carolina was voted #13 in the AP preseason poll and #11 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. The ACC media tabbed the Tar Heels third in the conference preseason poll.
|Reggie Bullock||35||F/G||6'7||205||Junior||Kinston, NC||NBA draft|
|Dexter Strickland||1||G||6'3||180||Senior||Rahway, NJ||Graduated|
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Washington, DC||Oak Hill Academy||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||Nov 29, 2011|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 86|
|Oxford, NC||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||Aug 8, 2011|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 91|
|Charlotte, NC||West Charlotte||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||275 lb (125 kg)||Nov 16, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 86|
|Overall recruiting rankings:|
The top-rated recruit in the class scheduled to start college in Fall 2013 is Isaiah Hicks, the eighth ranked power forward and the 18th ranked player in the ESPN 100. Shortly behind him in that ranking is Kennedy Meeks at #59. He is the #6 ranked center in the 2013 high school class. Britt is the 52nd ranked player in the current high school class and 11th point guard. He tore his meniscus in December 2012.
- Isaiah Hicks: 18th ranked player in ESPN 100, eight-ranked power forward, named to the 2013 McDonald’s All-America game In his last high school basketball game he had 34 points, 30 rebounds and seven blocks in a win in his division's state championship game.
- Kennedy Meeks: 59th ranked player in EPSN 100, #6 ranked center, and named to the 2013 McDonald’s All-America game
- Nate Britt: 52nd ranked player, 11th-ranked point guard
|2013–14 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team|
- Note that the roster is subject to change.
The Tar Heels started the season with uncertainty as Hairston's and McDonald's eligibility cases remained in limbo for the first nine games of the season. After uneventful victories over Oakland and Holy Cross, the Heels were stunned 83–80 at home by Belmont, in part because of a 22–48 performance at the free throw line. However, the team would redeem themselves by beating #3 Louisville in the Hall of Fame Tip Off championship. Marcus Paige led the team with 32 points while post players Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks controlled the paint and the Heels won 93–84. Paige was named ACC Player of the Week for his performance against the Cardinals and the Richmond Spiders in the previous game (26 points).
North Carolina's inconsistency would show itself again as the Heels lost their next game - an 83–86 contest at UAB, coached by former Roy Williams assistant Jerod Haase. But true to form, the Heels bounced back and beat #1 Michigan State on the road in a game they never trailed. Kennedy Meeks led the team in scoring with 15 and was named ACC Rookie of the Week. After an easy home win over UNC Greensboro (coached by Wes Miller, another Williams disciple), the Tar Heels completed a sweep of the top three teams in the preseason polls by upending #11 Kentucky at the Dean Smith Center. Paige and James Michael McAdoo were the stars, scoring 23 and 20 points respectively.
On December 18, the team received the news that Leslie McDonald would be reinstated in time for the Texas game at the Smith Center. However, the Tar Heels lost to the young Longhorns. North Carolina finished their non-conference season with wins over Davidson, Northern Kentucky and UNC Wilmington.
The Tar Heels started 1-4 in conference play, but then, they won twelve straight, including a win over #5 Duke on February 20. With the Duke win, North Carolina became the first team to defeat each of the AP Poll preseason top 4 in the same season in the 53 years that the poll has released preseason rankings. The streak was broken with a loss at Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Schedule and results
|Date||Time||Opponent#||Rank#||Site||TV||Points Leader||Rebounds Leader||Assists Leader||Result||Attendance||Record|
|Nov 1*||7:30 pm||UNC Pembroke||#12||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||GoHeels TV||19 - McAdoo||10 - Tied||3 - Tied||W 82–63||N/A||–|
|Non-conference regular season|
|Nov 8*||9:00 pm||Oakland||#12||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||RSN||21 - McAdoo||9 - McAdoo||5 - Tied||W 84–61||15,102||1–0|
|Nov 15*||8:00 pm||Holy Cross||#12||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(2013 Hall of Fame Tip Off)
|ESPNU||23 - Paige||8 - Meeks||5 - Tokoto||W 62–54||15,833||2–0|
|Nov 17*||4:00 pm||Belmont||#12||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(2013 Hall of Fame Tip Off)
|ESPNU||27 - McAdoo||13 - McAdoo||5 - Paige||L 80–83||15,205||2–1|
|Nov 23*||12:00 pm||vs. Richmond||#24||Mohegan Sun Arena • Uncasville, CT
(2013 Hall of Fame Tip Off semifinals)
|ESPN3||26 - Paige||12 - Johnson||3 - Paige||W 82–72||8,113||3–1|
|Nov 24*||1:00 pm||vs. #3 Louisville||#24||Mohegan Sun Arena • Uncasville, CT
(2013 Hall of Fame Tip Off championship)
|ESPN||32 - Paige||12 - Meeks||7 - Meeks||W 93–84||N/A||4–1|
|Dec 1*||6:00 pm||at UAB||Bartow Arena • Birmingham, AL||FS1||16 - Tokoto||7 - Johnson||5 - Paige||L 59–63||8,313||4–2|
|Dec 4*||9:00 pm||at #1 Michigan State||Breslin Center • East Lansing, MI
(ACC–Big Ten Challenge)
|ESPN||15 - Meeks||10 - Tokoto||5 - Paige||W 79–65||14,797||5–2|
|Dec 7*||7:00 pm||UNC Greensboro||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPNU||14 - Johnson||8 - Meeks||8 - Paige||W 81–50||15,676||6–2|
|Dec 14*||5:15 pm||#11 Kentucky||#18||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
|ESPN||23 - Paige||7 - Johnson||4 - McAdoo||W 82–77||21,750||7–2|
|Dec 18*||7:00 pm||Texas||#14||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPN2||23 - Paige||9 - Johnson||7 - Britt||L 83–86||17,143||7–3|
|Dec 21*||5:00 pm||Davidson||#14||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPNU||22 - Tokoto||11 - Tokoto||5 - McAdoo, Page||W 97–85 OT||18,195||8–3|
|Dec 27*||7:00 pm||Northern Kentucky||#19||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPNU||14 - McAdoo||9 - Paige||4 - Tokoto||W 75–60||18,842||9–3|
|Dec 31*||5:00 pm||UNC Wilmington||#19||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPNU||23 - McAdoo||10 - McAdoo||6 - Britt||W 84–51||16,923||10–3|
|ACC regular season|
|Jan 5||8:00 pm||at Wake Forest||#19||LJVM Coliseum • Winston-Salem, NC||ESPNU||13 - McAdoo||9 - Tokoto, Meeks, Johnson||6 - Paige||L 67–73||12,462||10–4 (0–1)|
|Jan 8||9:00 pm||Miami (FL)||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPN2||12 - McAdoo||12 - McAdoo||8 - Paige||L 57–63||17,569||10–5 (0–2)|
|Jan 11||12:00 pm||at #2 Syracuse||Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY||ESPN||15 - McAdoo||9 - McAdoo||3 - Tokoto||L 45–57||32,121||10–6 (0–3)|
|Jan 18||12:00 pm||Boston College||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPN||21 - Paige||6 - McAdoo, Meeks||6 - Tokoto||W 82–71||18,115||11–6 (1–3)|
|Jan 20||7:00 pm||at Virginia||John Paul Jones Arena • Charlottesville, VA||ESPN||15 - Meeks||9 - Meeks||3 - Johnson, Paige||L 61–76||13,045||11–7 (1–4)|
|Jan 26||6:00 pm||Clemson||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPNU||22 - McAdoo||8 - Meeks||5 - Paige||W 80–61||18,616||12–7 (2–4)|
|Jan 29||7:00 pm||at Georgia Tech||McCamish Pavilion • Atlanta, GA||ESPN2||19 - Paige||10 - Meeks||7 - Paige||W 78–65||5,124||13–7 (3–4)|
|Feb 1||1:00 pm||NC State||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPN||20 - McDonald||13 - McAdoo||5 - Paige||W 80–74||21,750||14–7 (4–4)|
|Feb 4||8:00 pm||Maryland||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ACCN||25 - Paige||9 - Tokoto||7 - Paige||W 75–63||17,225||15–7 (5–4)|
|Feb 8||12:00 pm||at Notre Dame||Purcell Pavilion • South Bend, IN||ACCN||18 - McAdoo||8 - McAdoo||9 - Paige||W 73–62||9,149||16–7 (6–4)|
|Feb 15||1:00 pm||#25 Pittsburgh||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||CBS||24 - McAdoo||12 - McAdoo||4 - Paige, Tokoto||W 75–71||20,341||17–7 (7–4)|
|Feb 17||7:00 pm||at Florida State||Donald L. Tucker Center • Tallahassee, FL||ESPN||23 - Meeks||11 - Johnson||7 - Paige||W 81–75||7,814||18–7 (8–4)|
|Feb 20||9:00 pm||#5 Duke||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(Rivalry/Postponed from 2/12)
|ESPN/ACCN||21 - McDonald||10 - McAdoo||4 - Paige||W 74–66||21,750||19–7 (9–4)|
|Feb 22||12:00 pm||Wake Forest||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ACCN||19 - McDonald||5 - Johnson||5 - Tokoto||W 105–72||19,248||20–7 (10–4)|
|Feb 26||8:00 pm||at NC State||#19||PNC Arena • Raleigh, NC||ACCN||35 - Paige||10 - Meeks, Tokoto||5 - Paige, Tokoto||W 85–84 OT||19,500||21–7 (11–4)|
|Mar 1||2:30 pm||at Virginia Tech||#19||Cassell Coliseum • Blacksburg, VA||ACCN||15 - McAdoo||7 - Meeks, Tokoto||3 - McAdoo, Tokoto||W 60–56||6,546||22–7 (12–4)|
|Mar 3||7:00 pm||Notre Dame||#14||Dean E. Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPN||14 - McAdoo||9 - McAdoo||6 - Paige||W 63–61||15,175||23–7 (13–4)|
|Mar 8||9:00 pm||at #4 Duke||#14||Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC||ESPN||24 - Paige||5 - Tokoto||4 - Britt||L 81–93||9,314||23–8 (13–5)|
|Mar 14||2:00 pm||vs. Pittsburgh||#15||Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, NC
|ESPN2/ACCN||27 - Paige||7 - McAdoo, Tokoto||5 - Britt||L 75–80||21,533||23–9|
|Mar 21*||7:20 pm||vs. (11 E) Providence||#19 (6 E)||AT&T Center • San Antonio, TX
|TNT||19 - Paige||10 - McAdoo||6 - Tokoto||W 79–77||11,690||24–9|
|Mar 23*||5:15 pm||vs. #9 (3 E) Iowa State||#19 (6 E)||AT&T Center • San Antonio, TX
|CBS||19 - Paige||13 - Meeks||3 - Britt||L 83–85||13,431||24–10|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, (#) denotes seed within region E=East. All times are in Eastern Time.|
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