List of North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball seasons

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Five young men in American basketball uniform seated with one holding a basketball with the North Carolina insigna, and five men standing behind them, two older men in jackets with bow ties and three young men in American basketball uniform
The 1910–11 men's basketball team
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Tipoff of North Carolina men's basketball game at Dean Smith Center in 2006

The men's basketball team of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is referred to as the North Carolina Tar Heels, and they play in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Tar Heels have played their games at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina since 1986.

As of the 2009–10 season, North Carolina had the second most wins and the second highest winning percentage of any NCAA Division I men's team with a record of 2,004 wins and 720 losses over 100 seasons.[1] The Tar Heels also have the most consecutive 20-win seasons, with 31 seasons from the 1970–71 season through 2000–01 season.[2] The Tar Heels have won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament five times, have appeared in the tournament finals nine times, a record 18 NCAA Final Fours,[3] have made it into the NCAA tournament 41 times (tied for second-most all-time),[4] and hold the record for all-time NCAA Tournament victories (102).[5] Additionally, the team has been the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament 13 times, which is the most #1 seeds of all-time, and has been ranked in the top 25 AP Poll 703 times (1st all-time),[6] has beaten #1 teams a record 12 times,[6] has the most consecutive 20-win seasons, with 31,[7] North Carolina has also won the National Invitation Tournament tournament, appeared in two NIT Semifinals, and has made five appearances in the NIT Tournament. North Carolina has had a top twenty-five final ranking among Division I schools 42 times as ranked by the Associated Press and 44 times as ranked by the Coaches Poll. In five instances the Tar Heels have ended the season with a number one ranking in the Associated Press, and the Tar Heels have also been ranked number one five times at the end of the season by the Coaches' Poll.

The Tar Heels played their first basketball game against Virginia Christian, on January 27, 1910, a 42–21 win for North Carolina.[6] In 1921 North Carolina joined the Southern Conference.[8] In the Southern Conference, the Tar Heels quickly found success. The 1923–24 Tar Heels squad went 26-0 and was retroactively awarded the national championship by the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1936.[9] Overall, the Tar Heels played 32 seasons in the Southern Conference from 1921 to 1953. During that period they won 304 games and lost 111 for a winning percentage of 73.3%. The Tar Heels were winners of the regular season for nine times and won the Southern Conference Championships 8 times.

In 1953, North Carolina split off from the Southern Conference and became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.[10] Again, the Tar Heels quickly found success in their new conference. The Tar Heels won their first NCAA Championship under coach Frank McGuire in 1957, which was led by Lennie Rosenbluth and several other transplants from the New York City area. McGuire was forced to resign in 1961 after an NCAA violation regarding "improper recruiting entertainment"[11] and was replaced by one of his assistants, Dean Smith.

Smith coached the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997 and brought an unprecedented level of success to the team. When Smith retired in 1997, he had the most wins ever of any NCAA Division I men's basketball coach with 879 wins, and the 9th highest winning percentage with 77.6% wins.[12][13] During Smith's time as head coach, North Carolina won the ACC regular season championship 17 times, won the ACC tournament 13 times, won the NIT in 1971, went to the NCAA tournament 27 times, appeared in 11 final fours, and won two NCAA national tournament titles, in 1982 and 1993.[14] The 1982 National Championship team was led by James Worthy, Sam Perkins, and a young Michael Jordan. The 1993 National Championship team starred Donald Williams, George Lynch and Eric Montross. While at North Carolina, Smith helped promote desegregation by recruiting the University’s first African American scholarship basketball player Charlie Scott.[15]

Smith retired in 1997 and the head coaching position went to his assistant Bill Guthridge. In his three seasons as head coach Guthridge led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four twice, in the 1998 tournament and again in the 2000 tournament.

Guthridge retired in 2000 and North Carolina turned to the 38-year-old Matt Doherty to lead the Tar Heels.[16] Doherty had mixed success while at Carolina. In his first season, the Heels shot to the #1 ranking in the polls in the middle of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule and finished with an impressive 26-7 record. But Doherty's second season was the worst in recent history as the Tar Heels finished the season with a record of 8-20, missing postseason play entirely for the first time since the 1965-66 season (including a record 26 straight NCAA Tournament appearances) and finishing with a losing record for the first time since 1962 (Dean Smith's first year as coach). They also finished 4-12 in the ACC—only the program's second losing ACC record ever. The 12 losses were six more than the Tar Heels had ever suffered in a single season of ACC play, and placed them in a tie for 7th place—the program's first finish below fourth place ever. The season also saw the end of UNC's run of 31 straight 20-win seasons and 35 straight seasons of finishing third or higher in the ACC. After bringing in one of the top 5 incoming classes for the 2002–03 season, the Tar Heels started the season by knocking off a top 5 Kansas team and going on to win the Preseason NIT and returning to the AP top 25. Carolina went on to finish the season with a 17-15, barely missing the NCAA tournament. Matt Doherty led the Tar Heels to the third round of the NIT where they ended their season with a loss to Georgetown. Despite the turnaround from the year before and the late season playoff run, at the end of the season Matt Doherty was replaced as head coach by Roy Williams.

Roy Williams first season was a moderate success with North Carolina finished 19-11 and the team was knocked out in the second round of the NCAA tournament by Texas. Williams was able to gain more success in his second season and coached North Carolina to a National Championship in 2005.[17] After winning the championship, Williams had to deal with the departure of the team's top seven scorers. Most thought that 2005–06 would be a down season for Williams, but the Tar Heels proved to be surprisingly successful in part due to the help of the freshman Tyler Hansbrough. Williams was named Coach of the Year for his ability to turn around such a new team to such a high level of success. Since 2005 the Tar Heels have once again become a leader in the ACC, winning both the regular season and the conference tournament in 2006–07 and 2007–08. In the 2008–09 season, North Carolina was chosen as consensus pre-season #1 and managed to fulfill the predictions of a national championship by beating Michigan State in the 2009 National Championship. However, the 2009-10 season ended up being a down season for the Tar Heels. The loss of players such as Ty Lawson and Tyler Hansbrough, along with numerous injuries to key players, proved too much to overcome and resulted in the Tar Heels missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

Season results[edit]

NCAA Tournament Champions[18] Helms National Champions[9] * Conference Tournament Champions Regular Season Champion Final AP ranking number 1 Final Coaches' ranking number 1
Season Conference Head Coach Total
Wins
Total
Losses
Conference
Wins
Conference
Losses
Conference
Standing
Conference
Tournament
Post
Season
Final
AP
rank
Final
Coaches'
rank
Ref
1910–11 Cartmell, NathanielNathaniel Cartmell 7 4 [19]
1911–12 Cartmell, NathanielNathaniel Cartmell 4 5 [20]
1912–13 Cartmell, NathanielNathaniel Cartmell 4 7 [20]
1913–14 Cartmell, NathanielNathaniel Cartmell 10 8 [20]
1914–15 Doak, CharlesCharles Doak 6 10 [20]
1915–16 Doak, CharlesCharles Doak 12 6 [20]
1916–17 Peacock, HowellHowell Peacock 5 4 [20]
1917–18 Peacock, HowellHowell Peacock 9 3 [20]
1918–19 Peacock, HowellHowell Peacock 9 7 [20]
1919–20 Boye, FredFred Boye 7 9 [20]
1920–21 Boye, FredFred Boye 12 8 [20]
1921–22 Southern Conference No official coach[21] 15 6 3 3 7th Champion [20]
1922–23 Southern Conference No official coach[21] 15 1 5 0 Tied 1st Second Round [20]
1923–24 * Southern Conference Shepard, NormanNorman Shepard 26 0 7 0 Tied 1st Champion [20]
1924–25 Southern Conference McDonald, MonkMonk McDonald 20 5 8 0 1st Champion [20]
1925–26 Southern Conference Sanborn, HarlanHarlan Sanborn 20 5 7 0 Tied 1st Champion [20]
1926–27 Southern Conference Ashmore, James N.James N. Ashmore 17 7 7 3 8th Semifinalist [20]
1927–28 Southern Conference Ashmore, James N.James N. Ashmore 17 2 8 1 Tied 3rd Round of 16 [20]
1928–29 Southern Conference Ashmore, James N.James N. Ashmore 17 8 12 2 2nd Quarterfinalist [20]
1929–30 Southern Conference Ashmore, James N.James N. Ashmore 14 11 4 7 6th Round of 16 [20]
1930–31 Southern Conference Ashmore, James N.James N. Ashmore 15 9 6 6 Tied 9th Quarterfinalist [20]
1931–32 Southern Conference Shepard, BoBo Shepard 16 5 6 3 Tied 5th Finalist [20]
1932–33 Southern Conference Shepard, BoBo Shepard 12 5 5 3 Tied 5th Semifinalist [20]
1933–34 Southern Conference Shepard, BoBo Shepard 18 4 12 2 Tied 2nd Semifinalist [20]
1934–35 Southern Conference Shepard, BoBo Shepard 23 2 12 1 1st Champion [20]
1935–36 Southern Conference Skidmore, WalterWalter Skidmore 21 4 13 3 2nd Champion [20]
1936–37 Southern Conference Skidmore, WalterWalter Skidmore 18 5 14 3 2nd Finalist [20]
1937–38 Southern Conference Skidmore, WalterWalter Skidmore 16 5 13 3 1st Quarterfinalist [20]
1938–39 Southern Conference Skidmore, WalterWalter Skidmore 10 11 8 7 7th First round [20]
1939–40 Southern Conference Lange, BillBill Lange 23 3 11 2 2nd Champion [20]
1940–41 Southern Conference Lange, BillBill Lange 19 9 14 1 1st Quarterfinalist NCAA Elite 8 [20]
1941–42 Southern Conference Lange, BillBill Lange 14 9 9 5 7th Quarterfinalist [20]
1942–43 Southern Conference Lange, BillBill Lange 12 10 8 9 11th Did not compete [20]
1943–44 Southern Conference Lange, BillBill Lange 17 10 9 1 1st Finalist [20]
1944–45 Southern Conference Carnevale, BenBen Carnevale 22 6 11 3 4th Champion [20]
1945–46 Southern Conference Carnevale, BenBen Carnevale 30 5 13 1 1st Semifinalist NCAA Finalist [20]
1946–47 Southern Conference Scott, TomTom Scott 19 8 10 2 2nd Finalist [20]
1947–48 Southern Conference Scott, TomTom Scott 20 7 11 4 3rd Semifinalist [20]
1948–49 Southern Conference Scott, TomTom Scott 20 8 13 5 3rd Semifinalist [20]
1949–50 Southern Conference Scott, TomTom Scott 17 12 13 6 5th Quarterfinalist [20]
1950–51 Southern Conference Scott, TomTom Scott 12 15 9 8 9th Did not compete [20]
1951–52 Southern Conference Scott, TomTom Scott 12 15 8 11 11th Did not compete [20]
1952–53 Southern Conference McGuire, FrankFrank McGuire 17 10 15 6 8th Quarterfinalist [20]
1953–54 Atlantic Coast Conference McGuire, FrankFrank McGuire 11 10 5 6 5th Quarterfinalist [20]
1954–55 Atlantic Coast Conference McGuire, FrankFrank McGuire 10 11 8 6 Tied 4th Quarterfinalist [20]
1955–56 Atlantic Coast Conference McGuire, FrankFrank McGuire 18 5 11 3 Tied 1st Semifinalist 13 11 [20]
1956–57 Atlantic Coast Conference McGuire, FrankFrank McGuire 32 0 14 0 1st Champion NCAA Champion 1 1 [20]
1957–58 Atlantic Coast Conference McGuire, FrankFrank McGuire 19 7 10 4 Tied 2nd Finalist 13 12 [20]
1958–59 Atlantic Coast Conference McGuire, FrankFrank McGuire 20 5 12 2 Tied 1st Finalist NCAA 1st round 9 6 [20]
1959–60 Atlantic Coast Conference McGuire, FrankFrank McGuire 18 6 12 2 Tied 1st Semifinalist 14 [20]
1960–61 Atlantic Coast Conference McGuire, FrankFrank McGuire 19 4 12 2 Tied 1st Did Not Compete[22] 5 6 [20]
1961–62 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 8 9 7 7 Tied 4th Quarterfinalist [20][23]
1962–63 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 15 6 10 4 3rd Semifinalist [20][23]
1963–64 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 12 12 6 8 5th Semifinalist [20][23]
1964–65 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 15 9 10 4 Tied 2nd Quarterfinalist [23][24]
1965–66 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 16 11 8 6 Tied 3rd Semifinalist [23][24]
1966–67 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 26 6 12 2 1st Champion NCAA Final 4 4 3 [23][24]
1967–68 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 28 4 12 2 1st Champion NCAA Finalist 4 4 [23][24]
1968–69 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 27 5 12 2 1st Champion NCAA Final 4 4 2 [23][24]
1969–70 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 18 9 9 5 Tied 2nd Quarterfinalist NIT First Round [23][24]
1970–71 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 26 6 11 3 1st Finalist NIT Champion 13 13 [23][24]
1971–72 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 26 5 9 3 1st Champion NCAA Final 4 2 2 [23][24]
1972–73 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 25 8 8 4 2nd First Round NIT Final Four 11 12 [23][24]
1973–74 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 22 6 9 3 Tied 2nd Semifinalist NIT First Round 12 8 [23][24]
1974–75 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 23 8 8 4 Tied 2nd Champion NCAA Sweet 16 9 10 [23][24]
1975–76 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 25 4 11 1 1st Finalist NCAA 1st round 8 6 [23][24]
1976–77 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 28 5 9 3 1st Champion NCAA Finalist 5 3 [23][24]
1977–78 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 23 8 9 3 1st Semifinalist NCAA 1st Round 16 10 [23][24]
1978–79 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 23 6 9 3 Tied 1st Champion NCAA 2nd Round 9 3 [23][24]
1979–80 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 21 8 9 5 Tied 2nd Semifinalist NCAA 2nd Round 15 15 [23][24]
1980–81 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 29 8 10 4 2nd Champion NCAA Finalist 6 6 [23][24]
1981–82 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 32 2 12 2 Tied 1st Champion NCAA Champion 1 1 [23][24]
1982–83 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 28 8 12 2 Tied 1st Semifinalist NCAA Elite 8 8 8 [23][24]
1983–84 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 28 3 14 0 1st Semifinalist NCAA Sweet 16 1 1 [23][24]
1984–85 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 27 9 9 5 Tied 1st Finalist NCAA Elite 8 7 7 [23][24]
1985–86 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 28 6 10 4 3rd Quarterfinalist NCAA Sweet 16 8 8 [23][24]
1986–87 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 32 4 14 0 1st Finalist NCAA Elite 8 2 3 [23][24]
1987–88 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 27 7 11 3 1st Finalist NCAA Elite 8 7 8 [23][24]
1988–89 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 29 8 9 5 Tied 2nd Champion NCAA Sweet 16 5 4 [23][24]
1989–90 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 21 13 8 6 Tied 3rd Quarterfinalist NCAA Sweet 16 [23][24]
1990–91 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 29 6 10 4 2nd Champion NCAA Final 4 4 4 [23][24]
1991–92 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 23 10 9 7 3rd Finalist NCAA Sweet 16 18 12 [23][24]
1992–93 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 34 4 14 2 1st Finalist NCAA Champion 4 1 [23][24]
1993–94 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 28 7 11 5 2nd Champion NCAA 2nd Round 1 9 [23][24]
1994–95 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 28 6 12 4 Tied 1st Finalist NCAA Final 4 4 3 [23][24]
1995–96 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 21 11 10 6 3rd Quarterfinalist NCAA 2nd Round 25 24 [23][24]
1996–97 Atlantic Coast Conference Smith, DeanDean Smith 28 7 11 5 Tied 2nd Champion NCAA Final 4 4 4 [23][24]
1997–98 Atlantic Coast Conference Guthridge, BillBill Guthridge 34 4 13 3 2nd Champion NCAA Final 4 1 3 [24]
1998–99 Atlantic Coast Conference Guthridge, BillBill Guthridge 24 10 10 6 3rd Finalist NCAA 1st Round 13 18 [24]
1999–00 Atlantic Coast Conference Guthridge, BillBill Guthridge 22 14 9 7 Tied 3rd Quarterfinalist NCAA Final 4 11 [24]
2000–01 Atlantic Coast Conference Doherty, MattMatt Doherty 26 7 13 3 Tied 1st Finalist NCAA 2nd Round 6 10 [24]
2001–02 Atlantic Coast Conference Doherty, MattMatt Doherty 8 20 4 12 Tied 7th Quarterfinalist [24]
2002–03 Atlantic Coast Conference Doherty, MattMatt Doherty 19 16 6 10 Tied 6th Semifinalist NIT Quarterfinalist [24]
2003–04 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 19 11 8 8 5th Quarterfinalist NCAA 2nd Round 18 22 [24]
2004–05 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 33 4 14 2 1st Semifinalist NCAA Champion 2 1 [24]
2005–06 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 23 8 12 4 2nd Semifinalist NCAA 2nd Round 10 14 [24]
2006–07 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 31 7 11 5 Tied 1st Champion NCAA Elite 8 4 Tied 5 [24]
2007–08 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 36 3 14 2 1st Champion NCAA Final 4 3 3 [25]
2008–09 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 34 4 13 3 1st Semifinalist NCAA Champion 2 1 [26]
2009–10 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 20 17 5 11 10th First Round NIT Finalist [26]
2010–11 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 29 8 14 2 1st Finalist NCAA Elite 8 7 7
2011–12 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 32 6 14 2 1st Finalist NCAA Elite 8 4 5
2012–13 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 25 11 12 6 3rd Finalist NCAA 3rd Round
2013–14 Atlantic Coast Conference Williams, RoyRoy Williams 24 10 13 5 Tied 3rd Quarterfinalist NCAA 3rd Round 19 21
Totals:
104 Seasons
2 Conferences 18 Head Coaches Total
Wins
2,114
Total
Losses
755
ACC Conf. Wins
631
ACC Conf.
Losses 252
Regular Seasons
Champions
38 times
Conf. Tournament
Champions
25 times
NCAA
Champion
5 times
AP
#1
5
times
Coaches
#1
6
times

Postseason playoff results[edit]

The NCAA tournament started in 1939 and the number of teams invited to participate has expanded a number of times over the years. Between 1939–1950 the tournament had only eight teams, and then between 1951–1974 the tournament varied between 16 teams and 25 teams. The tournament has continued to expand over the years until in 2005 there are now 65 teams that make it into the tournament.[27]

The National Invitation Tournament, meanwhile, began in 1938 with only 6 teams. In 1941 the tournament was expanded to include 8 teams, in 1949 the tournament was again expanded to 12 teams, then 14 teams in 1965, 16 teams in 1968, 24 teams in 1979, 32 teams in 1980, and 40 teams from 2002 through 2006. The tournament reverted to 32 teams for 2007.[28]

Tournament Seed Results Reference
1941
NCAA Tournament
26 4.0NCAA Elite 8
Lost First Round vs. Pittsburgh, 20–26
Lost Consolation Game vs. Dartmouth, 59–60
[29][30]
1946
NCAA Tournament
26 02.0NCAA Finalist
Won First Round vs. NYU, 57–49
Won Semifinals vs. Ohio State, 60–57 OT
Lost Final vs. Oklahoma A&M, 40–43
[30][31]
1957
NCAA Tournament
26 01.0NCAA Champion
Won First Round vs. Yale, 90–74
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. Canisius, 87–75
Won Elite Eight vs. Syracuse, 67–58
Won Final Four vs. Michigan State, 74–70 3OT
Won Finals vs. Kansas, 54–53 3OT
[30][32]
1959
NCAA Tournament
26 7.0NCAA 1.0Sweet 16
Lost First Round vs. Navy, 63–76
[30][33]
1967
NCAA Tournament
26 03.0NCAA Final 4
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. Princeton, 78–70 OT
Won Elite Eight vs. Boston College, 96–80
Lost Final Four vs. Dayton, 62–76
Lost Consolation Game vs. Houston, 62–84
[30][34]
1968
NCAA Tournament
26 02.0NCAA Finalist
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. St. Bonaventure, 91–72
Won Elite Eight vs. Davidson, 70–66
Won Final Four vs. Ohio State, 80–66,
Lost Finals vs. UCLA, 55–78
[30][35]
1969
NCAA Tournament
26 03.0NCAA Final 4
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. Duquesne, 79–78
Won Elite Eight vs. Davidson, 87–85
Lost Final Four vs. Purdue, 65–92
Lost Consolation Game vs. Drake, 84–104
[30][36]
1970
NIT
26 9.2NIT First Round
Lost First Round vs. Manhattan, 95–90
[37]
1971
NIT
26 8.0NIT Champion
Won First Round vs. Massachusetts, 90–49
Won Quarterfinals vs. Providence, 86–79
Won Semifinals vs. Duke, 73–69,
Won Finals vs. Georgia Tech, 84–66
[37]
1972
NCAA Tournament
26 03.0NCAA Final 4
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. South Carolina, 92–69
Won Elite Eight vs. Penn, 73–59
Lost Final Four vs. Florida State, 75–79
Won Consolation Game vs. Louisville, 105–91
[30][38]
1973
NIT
26 9.0NIT Final Four
Won First Round vs. Oral Roberts, 82–65
Won Quarterfinals vs. UMass, 73–63
Lost Semifinals vs. Notre Dame, 71–78
[37]
1974
NIT
26 9.2.0NIT First Round
Lost First Round vs. Purdue, 82–71
[37]
1975
NCAA Tournament
26 5.0NCAA Sweet 16
Won First Round vs. New Mexico State, 93–69
Lost Sweet Sixteen vs. Syracuse, 76–78
Won Consolation Game vs. Boston College, 110–90
[30][39]
1976
NCAA Tournament
26 7.0NCAA 1st Round
Lost First Round vs. Alabama, 64–79
[30][40]
1977
NCAA Tournament
26 02.0NCAA Finalist

Won First Round vs. Purdue, 69–66
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. Notre Dame, 79–77
Won Elite Eight vs. Kentucky, 79–72
Won Final Four vs. UNLV, 84–83
Lost Finals vs. Marquette, 59–67

[30][41]
1978
NCAA Tournament
26 7.0NCAA 1st Round
Lost First Round vs. San Francisco, 64–68
[30][42]
1979
NCAA Tournament
1 6.0NCAA 2nd Round
Lost Second Round vs. (9) Penn, 71–72
[30][43]
1980
NCAA Tournament
3 6.0NCAA 2nd Round
Lost Second Round vs. (6) Texas A&M, 61–78 2OT
[30][44]
1981
NCAA Tournament
2 02.0NCAA Finalist
Won First Round vs. (10) Pitt, 74–57
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (3) Utah, 61–56
Won Elite Eight vs. (8) Kansas State, 82–68
Won Final Four vs. (1) Virginia, 78–65
Lost Finals vs. (3) Indiana, 50–63
[30][45]
1982
NCAA Tournament
1 01.0 NCAA Champion
Won First Round vs. (9) James Madison, 52–50
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (4) Alabama, 74–69
Won Elite Eight vs. (3) Villanova, 70–60
Won Final Four vs. (6) Houston, 68–63
Won Finals vs. (1) Georgetown, 63–62
[30][46]
1983
NCAA Tournament
2 4.0NCAA Elite 8
Won First Round vs. (10) James Madison, 68–49
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (3) Ohio State, 64–51
Lost Elite Eight vs. (4) Georgia, 77–82
[47][48]
1984
NCAA Tournament
1 5.0NCAA Sweet 16
Won First Round vs. (8) Temple, 77–66
Lost Sweet Sixteen vs. (4) Indiana, 68–72
[49][50]
1985
NCAA Tournament
2 4.0NCAA Elite 8
Won First Round vs. (15) Middle Tenn St, 76–57
Won Second Round vs. (7) Notre Dame, 60–58
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (11) Auburn, 62–56
Lost Elite Eight vs. Villanova, 44–56
[50][51]
1986
NCAA Tournament
3 5.0NCAA Sweet 16
Won First Round vs. (14) Utah, 84–72
Won Second Round vs. (6) UAB, 77–59
Lost Sweet Sixteen vs. (2) Louisville, 79–94
[50][52]
1987
NCAA Tournament
1 4.0NCAA Elite 8
Won First Round vs. (16) Penn, 113–82
Won Second Round vs. (9) Michigan, 109–97
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (5) Notre Dame, 74–68
Lost Elite Eight vs. (2) Syracuse, 75–79
[50][53]
1988
NCAA Tournament
2 4.0NCAA Elite 8
Won First Round vs. (15) North Texas, 83–65
Won Second Round vs. (10) Loyola Marymount, 123–97
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (3) Michigan, 78–69
Lost Elite Eight vs. (1) Arizona, 52–70
[50][54]
1989
NCAA Tournament
2 5.0NCAA Sweet 16
Won First Round vs. (15) Southern, 93–79
Won Second Round vs. (7) UCLA, 88–81
Lost Sweet Sixteen vs. (3) Michigan, 87–92
[50][55]
1990
NCAA Tournament
8 5.0NCAA Sweet 16
Won First Round vs. (9) SW Missouri State, 83–70
Won Second Round vs. (1) Oklahoma, 79–77
Lost Sweet Sixteen vs. (4) Arkansas, 73–96
[50][56]
1991
NCAA Tournament
1 03.0NCAA Final 4
Won First Round vs. (16) Northeastern, 101–66
Won Second Round vs. (9) Villanova, 84–69
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (12) Eastern Michigan, 93–67
Won Elite Eight vs. (10) Temple, 75–72
Lost Final Four vs. (3) Kansas, 73–79
[50][57]
1992
NCAA Tournament
4 5.0NCAA Sweet 16
Won First Round vs. (13) Miami (OH), 68–63
Won Second Round vs. (5) Alabama, 64–55
Lost Sweet Sixteen vs. (1) Ohio State, 73–80
[50][58]
1993
NCAA Tournament
1 01.0 NCAA Champion
Won First Round vs. (16) East Carolina, 85–65
Won Second Round vs. (8) Rhode Island, 112–67
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (4) Arkansas, 80–74
Won Elite Eight vs. (2) Cincinnati, 75–68 OT
Won Final Four vs. (2) Kansas, 78–68
Won Finals vs. (1) Michigan, 77–71
[50][59]
1994
NCAA Tournament
1 6.0NCAA 2.02nd Round
Won First Round vs. (16) Liberty, 71–51
Lost Second Round vs. (9) Boston College, 72–75
[60][61]
1995
NCAA Tournament
2 03.0NCAA Final 4
Won First Round vs. (15) Murray State, 80–70
Won Second Round vs. (7) Iowa State, 73–51
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (6) Georgetown, 74–64
Won Elite Eight vs. (1) Kentucky, 74–61
Lost Final Four vs. (2) Arkansas, 68–75
[62][63]
1996
NCAA Tournament
6 6.0NCAA 2nd Round
Won First Round vs. (11) New Orleans, 83–62
Lost Second Round vs. (3) Texas Tech, 73–92
[63][64]
1997
NCAA Tournament
1 03.0NCAA Final 4
Won First Round vs. (16) Fairfield, 82–74
Won Second Round vs. (9) Colorado, 73–56
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (5) California, 63–57
Won Elite Eight vs. (5) Louisville, 97–74
Lost Final Four vs. (4) Arizona, 66–58
[63][65]
1998
NCAA Tournament
1 03.0NCAA Final 4
Won First Round vs. (16) Navy, 88–52
Won Second Round vs. (8) UNC Charlotte, 93–83OT
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (4) Michigan State, 73–58
Won Elite Eight vs. (2) UConn, 75–64
Lost Final Four vs. (2) Utah, 59–66
[63][66]
1999
NCAA Tournament
3 7.0NCAA 1.01st Round
Lost First Round vs. (13) Weber State, 74–76
[63][67]
2000
NCAA Tournament
8 03.0NCAA Final 4
Won First Round vs. (9) Missouri, 84–70
Won Second Round vs. (1) Stanford, 60–53
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (4) Tennessee, 74–69
Won Elite Eight vs. (7) Tulsa, 59–55
Lost Final Four vs. (5) Florida, 59–71
[63][68]
2001
NCAA Tournament
2 6.0NCAA 2.02nd Round
Won First Round vs. (15) Princeton, 70–48
Lost Second Round vs. (7) Penn State, 74–82
[63][69]
2003
NIT
26 9.1NIT Quarterfinalist
Won First Round vs. DePaul, 83–72
Won Second Round vs. Wyoming, 90–74
Lost Quarterfinals vs. Georgetown, 79–74
[70]
2004
NCAA Tournament
6 6.0NCAA 2nd Round
Won First Round vs. (11) Air Force, 63–52
Lost Second Round vs. (3) Texas, 75–78
[63][71]
2005
NCAA Tournament
1 01.0NCAA Champion
Won First Round vs. (16) Oakland, 96–68
Won Second Round vs. (8) Iowa State, 92–65
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (5) Villanova, 67–66
Won Elite Eight vs. (6) Wisconsin, 88–82
Won Final Four vs. (5) Michigan State, 87–71
Won Finals vs. (1) Illinois, 75–70
[63][72]
2006
NCAA Tournament
3 6.0NCAA 2nd Round
Won First Round vs. (14) Murray State, 69–65
Lost Second Round vs. (11) George Mason, 60–65
[63][73]
2007
NCAA Tournament
1 4.0NCAA Elite 8
Won First Round vs. (16) Eastern Kentucky, 86–65
Won Second Round vs. (9) Michigan State, 81–67
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (5) USC, 74–64
Lost Elite Eight vs. (2) Georgetown, 84–96 OT
[63][74]
2008
NCAA Tournament
1 03.0NCAA Final 4
Won First Round vs. (16) Mount St. Mary's, 113–74
Won Second Round vs. (9) Arkansas, 108–77
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (4) Washington State, 68–47
Won Elite Eight vs. (3) Louisville, 83–73
Lost Final Four vs. Kansas, 66–84
[75]
2009
NCAA Tournament
1 01.0NCAA Champion
Won First Round vs. (16) Radford, 101–58
Won Second Round vs. (9) LSU, 84–70
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (4) Gonzaga, 98–77
Won Elite Eight vs. (2) Oklahoma, 72–60
Won Final Four vs. (3)Villanova, 83–69
Won Finals vs. (2) Michigan St, 89–72
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2010
NIT
4 8.5NIT Finalist
Won First Round vs. (5) William & Mary, 80–72
Won Second Round vs. (1) Mississippi State,76–74
Won Third Round vs. (2) Alabama–Birmingham,60–55
Won Semifinals vs. (2) Rhode Island, 68–67OT
Lost Finals vs. (3) Dayton, 68–79
[77]
2011
NCAA Tournament
2 01.0NCAA Elite 8
Won First Round vs. (15) Long Island, 102–87
Won Second Round vs. (7) Washington, 86–83
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (11) Marquette, 81–63
Lost Elite Eight vs. (4) Kentucky, 69–76
[78]
2012
NCAA Tournament
1 01.0NCAA Elite 8
Won First Round vs. (16) Vermont, 77-58
Won Second Round vs. (8) Creighton, 87-73
Won Sweet Sixteen vs. (13) Ohio, 73–65OT
Lost Elite Eight vs. (2) Kansas, 67-80
2013
NCAA Tournament
8 01.0NCAA 2nd Round
Won First Round vs. (9) Villanova, 78-71
Lost Second Round vs. (1) Kansas, 70-58

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