1992–93 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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1992–93 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
National Champions
ACC Regular Season Champions
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 4
1992–93 record 34–4 (14–2, 1st ACC)
Head coach Dean Smith
Assistant coach Bill Guthridge
Assistant coach Phil Ford
Assistant coach Dave Hanners
Home arena Dean Smith Center
Seasons

The 1992–93 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina in the 1992-93 NCAA Division I men's basketball season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 34-4 overall, won the ACC regular season title with a 14-2 record and won the 1993 national championship. They were coached by Dean Smith, who won his second national championship in his thirty-second season as head coach of the Tar Heels. They played their home games at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Season Summary[edit]

The 1992-93 team was led by George Lynch, Eric Montross, Brian Reese, Donald Williams and Derrick Phelps. The Tar Heels started out with an 8-0 record and were ranked #5 in the country when they met #6 Michigan in the semi-finals of the Rainbow Classic. The Wolverines, led by the Fab Five in their sophomore season, won 79-78 to on a last-second shot. North Carolina bounced back with nine straight wins before losing back-to-back road games against unranked Wake Forest and #5 Duke. After seven more straight wins, the Tar Heels were ranked #1 heading into the last week of the regular season (their first #1 ranking since the start of the 1987-88 season). North Carolina beat #14 Wake Forest and #6 Duke to close out the regular season and clinch the top seed in the ACC tournament. North Carolina reached the tournament final, but they lost 77-75 to Georgia Tech without Derrick Phelps who was injured. Nonetheless, North Carolina was awarded the top seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, defeating #16-seed East Carolina (85-65), #8-seed Rhode Island (112-67), #4-seed Arkansas (80-74) and #2-seed Cincinnati (75-68) to reach the final four in New Orleans.

In the national semi-finals, Smith's Tar Heels defeated his alma mater Kansas (coached by future North Carolina coach Roy Williams) 78-68, setting up a rematch with #3-ranked Michigan in the finals.

The national title game was a see-saw battle throughout, but is remembered best for Chris Webber's time out call with seconds left when Michigan didn't have any. Michigan was assessed a technical foul and North Carolina ended up winning 77-71, giving Smith his second national championship.[1]

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Year Home Town Major[2]
Eric Montross 00 Center 7–0 Junior Indianapolis, IN Communications
Pat Sullivan 3 Forward 6–8 Junior Bogota, NJ
Larry Davis 4 Guard 6–3 Freshman Denmark, SC
Henrik Rödl 5 Forward 6–8 Senior Heusenstamm, Germany
Scott Cherry 11 Guard/Forward 6–5 Senior Ballston Spa, NY
Derrick Phelps 14 Guard 6–3 Junior Pleasantville, NY African American Studies
Donald Williams 21 Guard 6–3 Sophomore Garner, NC African American Studies
Dante Calabria 24 Guard 6–4 Freshman Beaver Falls, PA
Brian Reese 31 Forward 6–6 Junior Bronx, NY Communications
Kevin Salvadori 33 Center/Forward 7–0 Junior Pittsburgh, PA
George Lynch 34 Forward 6–8 Senior Roanoke, VA African American Studies
Travis Stephenson 35 Forward 6–7 Senior Angier, NC
Ed Geth 40 Forward 6–9 Freshman Norfolk, VA
Matt Wenstrom 50 Center 7–1 Senior Katy, TX

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
December 1*
No. 7 Old Dominion W 119–82  1–0
Dean Smith Center 
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December 4*
No. 7 vs. South Carolina
Diet Pepsi Tournament of Champions
W 108–67  2–0
Charlotte, NC 
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December 5*
No. 7 vs. Texas
Diet Pepsi Tournament of Champions
W 104–68  3–0
Charlotte, NC 
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December 9*
No. 5 vs. Virginia Tech W 78–62  4–0
Roanoke, VA 
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December 13*
No. 5 Houston W 84–76  5–0
Dean Smith Center 
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December 20*
No. 5 at Butler W 103–56  6–0
 
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December 22*
No. 5 at Ohio St W 84–64  7–0
St. John Arena 
Columbus, Ohio
December 28*
No. 5 vs. SW Louisiana
Rainbow Classic
W 80–59  8–0
Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
December 29
No. 5 vs. No. 6 Michigan
Rainbow Classic
L 78–79  8–1
Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
December 30*
No. 5 at Hawaii W 101–84  9–1
Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
January 4*
No. 5 Cornell W 98–60  10–1
Dean Smith Center 
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January 7
No. 6 at NC State
Rivalry
W 100–67  11–1
(1–0)
Reynolds Coliseum 
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January 9
No. 6 Maryland W 101–73  12–1
(2–0)
Dean Smith Center 
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January 13
No. 5 No. 8 Georgia Tech W 80–67  13–1
(3–0)
Dean Smith Center 
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January 16
No. 5 at Clemson W 82–72  14–1
(4–0)
Littlejohn Coliseum 
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January 20
No. 3 No. 17 Virginia W 80–58  15–1
(5–0)
Dean Smith Center 
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January 24*
No. 3 at No. 10 Seton Hall W 70–66  16–1
 
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January 27
No. 3 No. 19 Florida St W 82–77  17–1
(6–0)
Dean Smith Center 
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January 30
No. 3 at Wake Forest L 62–88  17–2
(6–1)
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
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February 3
No. 6 at No. 5 Duke
Rivalry
L 67–81  17–3
(6–2)
Cameron Indoor Stadium 
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February 6
No. 6 NC State W 104–58  18–3
(7–2)
Dean Smith Center 
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February 9
No. 6 Maryland W 77–63  19–3
(8–2)
Cole Field House 
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February 14
No. 6 at Georgia Tech W 77–66  20–3
(9–2)
 
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February 17
No. 3 Clemson W 80–67  21–3
(10–2)
Dean Smith Center 
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February 21
No. 3 at No. 23 Virginia W 78–58  22–3
(11–2)
University Hall 
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February 23*
No. 3 Notre Dame W 85–56  23–3
Dean Smith Center 
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February 27
No. 3 at No. 6 Florida St W 86–76  24–3
(12–2)
 
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March 3
No. 1 No. 14 Wake Forest W 83–65  25–3
(13–2)
Dean Smith Center 
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March 7
No. 1 No. 6 Duke W 83–69  26–3
(14–2)
Dean Smith Center 
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March 12*
No. 1 vs. Maryland
ACC Tournament
W 102–66  27–3
Charlotte, NC 
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March 13*
No. 1 vs. Virginia
ACC Tournament
W 74–56  28–3
Charlotte, NC 
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March 14*
No. 1 vs. Georgia Tech
ACC Tournament
L 75–77  28–4
Charlotte, NC 
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March 18*
No. 4(1) vs. No. (16) East Carolina
NCAA Tournament
W 85–65  29–4
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
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March 20*
No. 4(1) vs. No. (8) Rhode Island
NCAA Tournament
W 112–67  30–4
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
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March 26*
No. 4(1) vs. No. 12(4) Arkansas
NCAA Tournament
W 80–74  31–4
East Rutherford, NJ 
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March 28*
No. 4(1) vs. No. 7(2) Cincinnati
NCAA Tournament
W 75–68 OT 32–4
East Rutherford, NJ 
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April 3*
No. 4(1) vs. No. 9(2) Kansas
NCAA Tournament
W 78–68  33–4
Louisiana Superdome 
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April 5*
No. 4(1) vs. No. 3(1) Michigan
NCAA Tournament
W 77–71  34–4
Louisiana Superdome 
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*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1993 1 12 George Lynch Los Angeles Lakers[6]
1994 1 9 Eric Montross Boston Celtics[7]

Kevin Salvadori[8] and Derrick Phelps[9] also went on to play in the NBA, but were undrafted.

References[edit]

Matt Wenstrom-Undrafted in the 1993 NBA Draft, Wentrom nonetheless made the Boston Celtics roster as a free agent. He appeared in 11 games during the 1993-94 season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in his only NBA season.[1]

  1. ^ Adam Lucas (2003-03-30). "THM: Looking Back At 1993". Tar Heel Monthly. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Many UNC-AAS questions remain, including: Are Roy Williams and Butch Davis being unfairly targeted?". 
  3. ^ 2014-15 North Carolina men's basketball record book. Retrieved 2015-Apr-12.
  4. ^ BB State. Retrieved 2015-Apr-12.
  5. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  6. ^ 1993 NBA Draft, Basketball-Reference.com
  7. ^ 1994 NBA Draft, Basketball-Reference.com
  8. ^ "Kevin Salvadori NBA & ABA Statistics". basketball-reference.com. 
  9. ^ "Derrick Phelps NBA & ABA Statistics". basketball-reference.com.