1980–81 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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1980–81 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
North Carolina Tar Heels interlocking blue logo.png
ACC Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, Runner-Up
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 6
1980–81 record29–8 (10–4 ACC)
Head coachDean Smith (20th season)
Assistant coachBill Guthridge (14th season)
Assistant coachEddie Fogler (10th season)
Assistant coachRoy Williams (3rd season)
Home arenaCarmichael Auditorium
Seasons

The 1980–81 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented University of North Carolina. Led by senior guard-forward Al Wood, it won the 1981 ACC Tournament and reached the championship of the NCAA Tournament, falling to the University of Indiana 62-50. The head coach was Dean Smith. The team played its home games at Carmichael Auditorium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Roster[edit]

1980–81 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 43 Jeb Barlow 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Jr Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
G 21 Jimmy Black 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 157 lb (71 kg) Jr Bronx, New York
G 24 Jim Braddock 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Chattanooga, Tennessee
C 45 Chris Brust 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Jr Babylon, New York
C 34 Pete Budko 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Sr Lutherville, Maryland
F 44 Matt Doherty 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Fr East Meadow, New York
G 50 Cecil Exum 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Fr Dudley, North Carolina
F 32 Eric Kenny 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 216 lb (98 kg) Sr Asheville, North Carolina
C 51 Timo Makkonen 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Fr Lahti, Finland
G 11 Mike Pepper 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 184 lb (83 kg) Sr Vienna, Virginia
C 41 Sam Perkins 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Latham, New York
G 33 Dean Shaffer 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 194 lb (88 kg) Fr Durham, North Carolina
F 30 Al Wood 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Sr Gray, Georgia
F 52 James Worthy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) So Gastonia, North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

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NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • West
    • North Carolina 74, Pittsburgh 57
    • North Carolina 61, Utah 56
    • North Carolina 82, Kansas State 68
  • Final Four
    • North Carolina 78, Virginia 65
    • Indiana 63, North Carolina 50

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1981 1 4 Al Wood Atlanta Hawks
1981 5 73 Pete Budko Dallas Mavericks
1981 6 123 Mike Pepper San Diego Clippers
1982 1 1 James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers
1982 3 59 Jimmy Black New Jersey Nets
1982 6 131 Chris Brust Denver Nuggets
1982 7 153 Jeb Barlow Denver Nuggets
1983 5 107 Jim Braddock Denver Nuggets
1984 1 4 Sam Perkins Dallas Mavericks
1984 6 118 Matt Doherty Cleveland Cavaliers
1984 9 194 Cecil Exum Denver Nuggets
1985 5 104 Dean Shaffer Washington Bullets

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 NCAA Final Four program". March 1981.
  2. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1981
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2012-11-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)