2013–14 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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2013–14 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
Hall of Fame Tip Off Champions
NCAA third round vs. Iowa State, L 83–85
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #21
AP #19
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
Seasons
« 2012–13 2014–15 »
2013–14 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Virginia 16 2   .889     30 7   .811
#14 Syracuse 14 4   .778     28 6   .824
#8 Duke 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
#19 North Carolina 13 5   .722     24 10   .706
Pittsburgh 11 7   .611     26 10   .722
Clemson 10 8   .556     23 13   .639
North Carolina State 9 9   .500     22 14   .611
Maryland 9 9   .500     17 15   .531
Florida State 9 9   .500     22 14   .611
Miami (FL) 7 11   .389     17 16   .515
Wake Forest 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
Georgia Tech 6 12   .333     16 17   .485
Notre Dame 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Boston College 4 14   .222     8 24   .250
Virginia Tech 2 16   .111     9 22   .290
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.

Pre-season[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2][3]

Even with this uncertainty, North Carolina was voted #13 in the AP preseason poll[4] and #11 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.[5] The ACC media tabbed the Tar Heels third in the conference preseason poll.[6]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Reggie Bullock 35 F/G 6'7 205 Junior Kinston, NC NBA draft
Dexter Strickland 1 G 6'3 180 Senior Rahway, NJ Graduated

Recruits[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Nate Britt
PG
Washington, DC Oak Hill Academy 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Nov 29, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Isaiah Hicks
F
Oxford, NC 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Aug 8, 2011 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Kennedy Meeks
C
Charlotte, NC West Charlotte 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Nov 16, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

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.[7] 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.[8]

  • Isaiah Hicks: 18th ranked player in ESPN 100, eight-ranked power forward, named to the 2013 McDonald’s All-America game[7][9] 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.[10]
  • 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

Roster[edit]

2013–14 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 0 Britt, NateNate Britt 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Oak Hill (VA) Upper Marlboro, Maryland
G 2 McDonald, LeslieLeslie McDonald 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Briarcrest Christian School Memphis, Tennessee
C 3 Meeks, KennedyKennedy Meeks 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 290 lb (132 kg) Fr West Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina
G 4 Davis, LukeLuke Davis 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Jr Ravenscroft School Raleigh, North Carolina
G 5 Paige, MarcusMarcus Paige 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Linn-Mar Marion, Iowa
F 11 Johnson, BriceBrice Johnson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Edisto Orangeburg, South Carolina
F 13 Tokoto, J. P.J. P. Tokoto 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Menomonee Falls Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
F 14 Hubert, DesmondDesmond Hubert 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr New Egypt Cream Ridge, New Jersey
G 15 Hairston, P. J.P. J. Hairston (I) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Hargrave Military Academy Greensboro, North Carolina
F 21 Simmons, JacksonJackson Simmons 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Smoky Mountain Webster, North Carolina
F 22 Hicks, IsaiahIsaiah Hicks 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr J.F. Webb Oxford, North Carolina
F 30 Manor, JamesJames Manor (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Chapel Hill Carrboro, North Carolina
F 34 Robinson, DenzelDenzel Robinson (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina
F 42 James, JoelJoel James 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 280 lb (127 kg) So Dwyer West Palm Beach, Florida
F 43 McAdoo, James MichaelJames Michael McAdoo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Norfolk Christian Norfolk, Virginia
G 55 Moody, WadeWade Moody (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Mount Airy Mount Airy, North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 12/08/13

  • Note that the roster is subject to change.

Season[edit]

Non-conference play[edit]

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.[11] 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).[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

On December 18, the team received the news that Leslie McDonald would be reinstated in time for the Texas game at the Smith Center.[2] 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.

Conference play[edit]

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.[15] The streak was broken with a loss at Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Points Leader Rebounds Leader Assists Leader Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
Nov 1* 7:30 pm UNC Pembroke #12 Dean E. Smith CenterChapel 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 ArenaUncasville, 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 ArenaBirmingham, 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 CenterEast 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
(Rivalry)
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 ColiseumWinston-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 DomeSyracuse, 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 ArenaCharlottesville, 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 PavilionAtlanta, 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 PavilionSouth 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 CenterTallahassee, 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 ArenaRaleigh, 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 ColiseumBlacksburg, 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 StadiumDurham, NC ESPN  24 - Paige   5 - Tokoto   4 - Britt  L 81–93  9,314 23–8 (13–5)
ACC Tournament
Mar 14 2:00 pm vs. Pittsburgh #15 Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN2/ACCN  27 - Paige   7 - McAdoo, Tokoto   5 - Britt  L 75–80  21,533 23–9
NCAA Tournament
Mar 21* 7:20 pm vs. (11 E) Providence #19 (6 E) AT&T CenterSan Antonio, TX
(Second round)
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
(Third round)
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.

References[edit]

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