1981–82 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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1981–82 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
National Champions
ACC Tournament Champions
ACC Regular Season Champions
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1981–82 record 32–2 (12–2 ACC)
Head coach Dean Smith
Assistant coach Bill Guthridge
Assistant coach Eddie Fogler
Assistant coach Roy Williams
Home arena Carmichael Auditorium
Seasons
« 1980–81 1982–83 »

The 1981–82 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented University of North Carolina. The team played its home games in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Led by James Worthy, Sam Perkins and freshman Michael Jordan, the Tar Heels won the National Championship. It was head coach Dean Smith's first title.

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Year Home Town
Lynwood Robinson 4 Guard 6–1 Freshman Mt. Olive, NC
Jimmy Black 21 Guard 6–3 Senior Bronx, NY
Buzz Peterson 22 Guard 6–3 Freshman Asheville, NC
Michael Jordan 23 Guard/Forward 6–6 Freshman Wilmington, NC
Jim Braddock 24 Guard 6–2 Junior Chattanooga, TN
John Brownlee 32 Forward/Center 6–10 Freshman Fort Worth, TX
Sam Perkins 41 Center/Forward 6–9 Sophomore Latham, NY
Jeb Barlow 43 Forward 6–7 Senior Fuquay-Varina, NC
Matt Doherty 44 Forward 6–7 Sophomore East Meadow, NY
Chris Brust 45 Center/Forward 6–9 Senior Babylon, NY
Cecil Exum 50 Forward 6–6 Sophomore Dudley, NC
Timo Makkonen 51 Center 6–11 Sophomore Lahti, Finland
James Worthy 52 Forward 6–8 Junior Gastonia, NC
Warren Martin 54 Center 6–11 Sophomore Axton, VA

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Minutes Field Goals Three Pointers Free Throws Rebounds Blocks Steals Points
Michael Jordan[1] 34 1079 191 N/A 78 149 8 41 460
Sam Perkins[2] 32 1141 174 N/A 109 250 53 33 457

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
November 28*
#1 vs. Kansas W 74–67  1–0
Charlotte Coliseum
November 30*
#1 vs. USC W 73–62  2–0
Greensboro Coliseum
December 3*
#1 #9 Tulsa W 78–70  3–0
Carmichael Auditorium
December 12*
#1 South Florida W 75–39  4–0
Carmichael Auditorium
December 19*
#1 vs. Rutgers W 59–36  5–0
Madison Square Garden
December 26*
#1 vs. #2 Kentucky W 82–69  6–0
Meadowlands Arena
December 28*
#1 vs. Penn St
Cable Car Classic
W 56–50 OT 7–0
Toso Pavilion
December 29*
#1 at Santa Clara W 76–57  8–0

Santa Clara, CA
January 4*
#1 William & Mary W 64–40  9–0
Carmichael Auditorium
January 6
#1 Maryland W 66–50  10–0
(1–0)
Cole Field House
January 9
#1 #2 Virginia W 65–60  11–0
(2–0)
Carmichael Auditorium
January 13
#1 #12 NC State
Rivalry
W 61–41  12–0
(3–0)
Reynolds Coliseum
January 16
#1 Duke
Rivalry
W 73–63  13–0
(4–0)
Cameron Indoor Stadium
January 21
#1 Wake Forest L 48–55  13–1
(4–1)
Carmichael Auditorium
January 23
#1 at Georgia Tech W 66–54  14–1
(5–1)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum
Atlanta, GA
January 27
#2 Clemson W 77–72  15–1
(6–1)
Carmichael Auditorium
January 30
#2 #17 NC State W 58–44  16–1
(7–1)
Carmichael Auditorium
February 3
#2 at #3 Virginia L 58–74  16–2
(7–2)
University Hall
February 5*
#2 vs. Furman
North-South Doubleheader
W 96–69  17–2
Charlotte Coliseum
February 6*
#2 vs. The Citadel
North-South Doubleheader
W 67–46  18–2
Charlotte Coliseum
February 11
#2 Maryland W 59–56  19–2
(8–2)
Carmichael Auditorium
February 14*
#2 vs. Georgia W 66–57  20–2
Greensboro Coliseum
February 17
#2 at #14 Wake Forest W 69–51  21–2
(9–2)
Greensboro Coliseum
February 20
#2 at Clemson W 55–49  22–2
(10–2)
Littlejohn Coliseum
February 24
Georgia Tech W 77–54  23–2
(11–2)
Carmichael Auditorium
February 27
#2 Duke W 84–66  24–2
(12–2)
Carmichael Auditorium
March 5*
no, no
#1 Georgia Tech
ACC Tournament • Quarterfinals
W 55-39  25-2
Greensboro Coliseum
March 6*
no, no
#1 NC State
ACC Tournament • Semifinals
W 58-46  26-2
Greensboro Coliseum
March 7*
no, no
#1 #3 Virginia
ACC Tournament • Final
W 47-45  27-2
Greensboro Coliseum
March 13*
no, no
#1 (E1) (E9) James Madison
NCAA Tournament • Round of 32
W 52-50  28-2
Charlotte Coliseum
March 19*
no, no
#1 (E1) #13 (E4) Alabama
NCAA Tournament • Sweet Sixteen
W 74-69  29-2
Reynolds Coliseum
March 21*
no, no
#1 (E1) (E3) Villanova
NCAA Tournament • Elite Eight
W 70-60  30-2
Reynolds Coliseum
March 27*
no, no
#1 (E1) (M6) Houston
NCAA Tournament • Final Four
W 68-63  31-2
Louisiana Superdome
March 29*
no, no
#1 (E1) #6 (W1) Georgetown
NCAA Tournament • Championship Game
W 63-62  32-2
Louisiana Superdome
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time Rank in NCAA tournament indicates seed in the region, E-East region, M-Midwest region, W-West region.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
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 3 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
1984 1 4 Sam Perkins Dallas Mavericks
1984 6 118 Matt Doherty Cleveland Cavaliers
1984 9 194 Cecil Exum Denver Nuggets
1985 7 147 Buzz Peterson Cleveland Cavaliers
1986 4 78 John Brownlee Los Angeles Clippers
1986 4 73 Warren Martin Cleveland Cavaliers

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