1977–78 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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1977–78 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
ACC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round, L 64–68 vs. San Francisco
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 16
1977–78 record23–8 (9–3 ACC)
Head coachDean Smith (17th season)
Assistant coachBill Guthridge (11th season)
Assistant coachEddie Fogler (7th season)
CaptainPhil Ford
Tom Zaliagiris
Home arenaCarmichael Auditorium
Seasons

The 1977–78 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 1977–78 college basketball season.

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
November 28*
No. 1 vs. Oregon State W 94–63  1-0
 (11,666)
Charlotte, North Carolina
November 30*
No. 2 Oregon State W 90–64  2-0
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
December 2*
No. 2 vs. Duke
Big Four Tournament
W 79–66  3-0
 (15,564)
Greensboro, North Carolina
December 3*
No. 2 NC State
Big Four Tournament
W 87–82  4-0
 (15,564)
Greensboro, North Carolina
December 7*
No. 2 at William & Mary L 75–78  4-1
Kaplan Arena (10,000)
Williamsburg, Virginia
December 10*
No. 2 Rochester W 101–43  5-1
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
December 17*
No. 5 vs. No. 6 Cincinnati W 67–59  6-1
 (15,100)
Greensboro, North Carolina
December 23*
No. 3 at Tulane W 108–103  7-1
 (4,100)
New Orleans, Louisiana
December 28*
No. 2 vs. BYU
Rainbow Classic
W 94–81  8-1
 (4,794)
Honolulu, HI
December 29*
No. 2 vs. Texas Tech
Rainbow Classic
W 88–76  9-1
 (4,257)
Honolulu, HI
December 30*
No. 2 vs. Stanford
Rainbow Classic
W 92–61  10-1
 (5,811)
Honolulu, HI
January 4
No. 2 at Clemson W 79-77 OT 11-1
(1-0)
 (10,488)
Clemson, South Carolina
January 7
No. 2 at No. 13 Virginia W 76–61  12-1
(2-0)
 (8,500)
Charlottesville, Virginia
January 14
No. 2 at Duke
Carolina–Duke rivalry
L 84–92  12-2
(2-1)
Cameron Indoor Stadium (8,564)
Durham, North Carolina
January 15
No. 2 Wake Forest W 71–69  13-2
(3-1)
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
January 18
No. 5 NC State
North Carolina-NC State rivalry
W 69–64  14-2
(4-1)
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
January 21
No. 5 Maryland W 85–71  15-2
(5-1)
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
January 26
No. 3 at Wake Forest L 62–71  15-3
(5-2)
 (8,250)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
January 28
No. 3 Clemson W 98–64  16-3
(6-2)
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
January 30*
No. 3 Mercer W 73–70  17-3
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
February 3*
No. 6 vs. Furman
North–South Doubleheader
L 83–89  17-4
 (11,666)
Charlotte, North Carolina
February 4*
No. 6 vs. Virginia Tech
North–South Doubleheader
W 101–88  18-4
 (11,666)
Charlotte, North Carolina
February 8
No. 7 at Maryland W 66–64  19-4
(7-2)
 (14,500)
College Park, Maryland
February 11*
No. 7 vs. Rutgers W 74–57  20-4
 (19,694)
New York City
February 12*
No. 7 at No. 20 Providence L 59–61  20-5
 (5,102)
Providence, Rhode Island
February 15
No. 11 Kent State W 92–59  21-5
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
February 18
No. 11 Virginia W 71–54  22-5
(8-2)
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
February 23
No. 8 at NC State L 67–72  22-6
(8-3)
 (12,400)
Raleigh, North Carolina
February 25
No. 8 No. 13 Duke W 87–83  23-6
(9-3)
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
March 2*
No. 10 vs. Wake Forest
ACC Tournament • Quarterfinals
L 77–82  23-7
 (15,836)
Greensboro, North Carolina
March 11*
No. 11 vs. No. 20 San Francisco
NCAA Tournament • First Round
L 64–68  23-8
 (11,213)
Tempe, Arizona
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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