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 No. 1
AP No. 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

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
No. 1 vs. Kansas* W 74–67  1–0
Charlotte Coliseum 
 
November 30
No. 1 vs. USC* W 73–62  2–0
Greensboro Coliseum 
 
December 3
No. 1 No. 9 Tulsa* W 78–70  3–0
Carmichael Auditorium 
 
December 12
No. 1 South Florida* W 75–39  4–0
Carmichael Auditorium 
 
December 19
No. 1 vs. Rutgers* W 59–36  5–0
Madison Square Garden 
 
December 26
No. 1 vs. No. 2 Kentucky* W 82–69  6–0
Meadowlands Arena 
 
December 28
No. 1 vs. Penn St*
Cable Car Classic
W 56–50 OT 7–0
Toso Pavilion 
 
December 29
No. 1 at Santa Clara* W 76–57  8–0
 
Santa Clara, CA
January 4
No. 1 William & Mary* W 64–40  9–0
Carmichael Auditorium 
 
January 6
No. 1 Maryland W 66–50  10–0
(1–0)
Cole Field House 
 
January 9
No. 1 No. 2 Virginia W 65–60  11–0
(2–0)
Carmichael Auditorium 
 
January 13
No. 1 No. 12 NC State
Rivalry
W 61–41  12–0
(3–0)
Reynolds Coliseum 
 
January 16
No. 1 Duke
Rivalry
W 73–63  13–0
(4–0)
Cameron Indoor Stadium 
 
January 21
No. 1 Wake Forest L 48–55  13–1
(4–1)
Carmichael Auditorium 
 
January 23
No. 1 at Georgia Tech W 66–54  14–1
(5–1)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum 
Atlanta, GA
January 27
No. 2 Clemson W 77–72  15–1
(6–1)
Carmichael Auditorium 
 
January 30
No. 2 No. 17 NC State W 58–44  16–1
(7–1)
Carmichael Auditorium 
 
February 3
No. 2 at No. 3 Virginia L 58–74  16–2
(7–2)
University Hall 
 
February 5
No. 2 vs. Furman*
North-South Doubleheader
W 96–69  17–2
Charlotte Coliseum 
 
February 6
No. 2 vs. The Citadel*
North-South Doubleheader
W 67–46  18–2
Charlotte Coliseum 
 
February 11
No. 2 Maryland W 59–56  19–2
(8–2)
Carmichael Auditorium 
 
February 14
No. 2 vs. Georgia* W 66–57  20–2
Greensboro Coliseum 
 
February 17
No. 2 at No. 14 Wake Forest W 69–51  21–2
(9–2)
Greensboro Coliseum 
 
February 20
No. 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
No. 2 Duke W 84–66  24–2
(12–2)
Carmichael Auditorium 
 
March 5
no, no
No. 1 Georgia Tech*
ACC Tournament • Quarterfinals
W 55-39  25-2
Greensboro Coliseum 
 
March 6
no, no
No. 1 NC State*
ACC Tournament • Semifinals
W 58-46  26-2
Greensboro Coliseum 
 
March 7
no, no
No. 1 No. 3 Virginia*
ACC Tournament • Final
W 47-45  27-2
Greensboro Coliseum 
 
March 13
no, no
No. 1 (E1) (E9) James Madison*
NCAA Tournament • Round of 32
W 52-50  28-2
Charlotte Coliseum 
 
March 19
no, no
No. 1 (E1) No. 13 (E4) Alabama*
NCAA Tournament • Sweet Sixteen
W 74-69  29-2
Reynolds Coliseum 
 
March 21
no, no
No. 1 (E1) (E3) Villanova*
NCAA Tournament • Elite Eight
W 70-60  30-2
Reynolds Coliseum 
 
March 27
no, no
No. 1 (E1) (M6) Houston*
NCAA Tournament • Final Four
W 68-63  31-2
Louisiana Superdome 
 
March 29
no, no
No. 1 (E1) No. 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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