2007–08 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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2007–08 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
ACC Regular Season and
Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
2007–08 record 36–3 (14–2 ACC)
Head coach Roy Williams
Assistant coach Joe Holladay
Assistant coach Steve Robinson
Assistant coach Jerod Haase
Home arena Dean Smith Center
Seasons
« 2006–07 2008–09 »
2007–08 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 North Carolina 14 2   .875     36 3   .923
#9 Duke 13 3   .813     28 6   .824
#22 Clemson 10 6   .625     24 10   .706
Virginia Tech 9 7   .563     21 14   .600
Miami (FL) 8 8   .500     23 11   .676
Maryland 8 8   .500     19 15   .559
Georgia Tech 7 9   .438     15 17   .469
Wake Forest 7 9   .438     17 13   .567
Florida State 7 9   .438     19 15   .559
Virginia 5 11   .313     17 16   .515
Boston College 4 12   .250     14 17   .452
North Carolina State 4 12   .250     15 16   .484
† ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007–08 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Roy Williams. The team played its home games in the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Roster[edit]

2007–08 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High school/previous college Home town
G 2 Campbell, MarcMarc Campbell 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) RS So Ravenscroft Raleigh, NC
F 40 Copeland, MikeMike Copeland 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr R. J. Reynolds Winston-Salem, NC
G 22 Ellington, WayneWayne Ellington 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Episcopal Academy Wynnewood, PA
G 4 Frasor, BobbyBobby Frasor 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Jr Brother Rice Blue Island, IL
G/F 1 Ginyard, MarcusMarcus Ginyard 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Jr Bishop O'Connell Alexandria, VA
F 13 Graves, WilliamWilliam Graves 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Fr Dudley Greensboro, NC
G/F 14 Green, DannyDanny Green 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr St. Mary's North Babylon, NY
C 50 Hansbrough, TylerTyler Hansbrough 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Jr Poplar Bluff Poplar Bluff, MO
G 5 Lawson, TyTy Lawson 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 193 lb (88 kg) So Oak Hill Academy Clinton, MD
G 34 Little, GregGreg Little 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Hillside Durham, NC
F 35 Moody, PatrickPatrick Moody 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr T. C. Roberson Arden, NC
F/C 32 Stepheson, AlexAlex Stepheson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Harvard-Westlake Los Angeles, CA
G 15 Tanner, J. B.J. B. Tanner 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr West Henderson Hendersonville, NC
G 11 Thomas, QuentinQuentin Thomas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Oakland Technical Senior Oakland, CA
F 21 Thompson, DeonDeon Thompson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Torrance Torrance, CA
F 24 Wood, SurrySurry Wood 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Cary Academy Raleigh, NC
G 30 Wooten, JackJack Wooten 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Walter Williams Burlington, NC
Head coach

Roy Williams

Assistant coach(es)

Joe Holladay
Steve Robinson
Jerod Haase


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

Roster
Last update: October 29, 2012

  • Note: During the December 27 game against Nevada, backup point guard Bobby Frasor was injured, requiring surgery and ending his season.

Schedule and results[edit]

The Tar Heels began the season ranked atop both major polls, and stayed there for the first two months of the season despite closer-than-expected games against Davidson and Clemson. They suffered their first loss of the season against Maryland on January 19. Three games later, point guard Ty Lawson twisted his ankle and missed most of February. Despite this, the Tar Heels didn't miss a beat, going 8–1 the rest of the way. They regained the top spot in the polls in late February and held it for the rest of the season. They clinched their 26th ACC regular season title by avenging their earlier loss to Duke in the last game of the season.

In the ACC Tournament held in Charlotte, the top-seeded Tar Heels defeated Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson to win their 17th conference tournament title. In so doing, they went into the NCAA Tournament with a 32–2 record—the most wins going into the tourney in school history.

In the NCAA Tournament, the Tar Heels were seeded first in the East Regional, and were also the overall top seed in the tournament. They routed Mount St. Mary's and Arkansas while playing just 30 minutes from campus at the RBC Center in Raleigh. They were no less dominant in the regional phase in Charlotte, scoring convincing wins over Washington State and Louisville to make their 17th trip to the Final Four, but in their national semifinal game, they lost to Kansas, who went on to win the national championship. Remarkably, the Tar Heels made the Final Four while not having to leave the state of North Carolina for a little over a month (a total of 10 games), and while notching two losses at the Smith Center—an arena where they have traditionally been all but unbeatable. They also set a school record for wins in a season, with 36. With Memphis having its 38-win 2007–08 season vacated by the NCAA, the 2007–08 Tar Heels' 36 wins are now the second-most in Division I history.

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 3*
8:15 p.m.
#1 Shaw W 114–62 
Dean Smith Center (19,343)
Chapel Hill, NC
November 9*
7:30 p.m.
#1 Lenoir-Rhyne W 107–52 
Dean Smith Center (18,357)
Chapel Hill, NC
Regular Season
November 14*
7:00 p.m., ESPN
#1 at Davidson W 72–68  1–0
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (19,299)
Charlotte, NC
Las Vegas Invitational
November 18*
6:00 p.m., ESPNU
#1 Iona
Las Vegas Invitational
W 107–72  2–0
Dean Smith Center (18,970)
Chapel Hill, NC
November 20*
7:30 p.m.
#1 South Carolina State
Las Vegas Invitational
W 110–64  3–0
Dean Smith Center (18,318)
Chapel Hill, NC
November 23*
11:55 p.m., ESPNU
#1 vs. Old Dominion
Las Vegas Invitational
W 99–82  4–0
Orleans Arena (5,500)
Las Vegas, NV
November 24*
10:30 p.m., ESPN
#1 vs. Brigham Young
Las Vegas Invitational
W 73–63  5–0
Orleans Arena (5,500)
Las Vegas, NV
November 28*
9:00 p.m., ESPN
#1 at Ohio State
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 66–55  6–0
Value City Arena (19,049)
Columbus, OH
December 1*
2:00 p.m., ESPN2
#1 at Kentucky W 86–77  7–0
Rupp Arena (24,252)
Lexington, KY
December 4*
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
#1 at Penn W 106–71  8–0
The Palestra (8,722)
Philadelphia, PA
December 16*
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#1 at Rutgers W 93–71  9–0
Louis Brown Athletic Center (8,312)
Piscataway, NJ
December 19*
9:00 p.m., ESPNU
#1 Nicholls State W 88–78  10–0
Dean Smith Center (17,706)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 22*
1:00 p.m., FSN
#1 UC Santa Barbara W 105–70  11–0
Dean Smith Center (20,520)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 27*
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
#1 Nevada W 106–70  12–0
Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 30*
7:30 p.m., FSN
#1 Valparaiso W 90–58  13–0
Dean Smith Center (21,046)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 2*
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#1 Kent State W 90–61  14–0
Dean Smith Center (20,356)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 6
7:30 p.m., FSN
#1 at #19 Clemson W 90–88 OT 15–0
(1–0)
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
January 9*
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
#1 UNC Asheville W 93–81  16–0
(1–0)
Dean Smith Center (20,326)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 12
12:00 p.m., ESPN
#1 North Carolina State W 93–62  17–0
(2–0)
Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 16
9:00 p.m., ESPN
#1 at Georgia Tech W 83–82  18–0
(3–0)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum (9,191)
Atlanta, GA
January 19
3:30 p.m., ABC
#1 Maryland L 80–82  18–1
(3–1)
Dean Smith Center (21,033)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 23
9:00 p.m., Raycom
#5 at Miami (FL) W 98–82  19–1
(4–1)
BankUnited Center (7,000)
Coral Gables, FL
January 31
7:00 p.m., ESPN
#4 Boston College W 91–69  20–1
(5–1)
Dean Smith Center (21,247)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 3
2:00 p.m., FSN
#4 at Florida State W 84–73 OT 21–1
(6–1)
Donald L. Tucker Center (11,066)
Tallahassee, FL
February 6
9:00 p.m., Raycom/ESPN
#3 #2 Duke L 78–89  21–2
(6–2)
Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 10
6:30 p.m., FSN
#3 Clemson W 103–93 2OT 22–2
(7–2)
Dean Smith Center (20,767)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 12
8:00 p.m., Raycom/ESPN2
#5 at Virginia W 75–74  23–2
(8–2)
John Paul Jones Arena (13,765)
Charlottesville, VA
February 16
1:00 p.m., CBS
#5 Virginia Tech W 92–53  24–2
(9–2)
Dean Smith Center (20,890)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 20
7:00 p.m., ESPN
#3 at North Carolina State W 84–70  25–2
(10–2)
RBC Center (19,700)
Raleigh, NC
February 24
6:30 p.m., FSN
#3 Wake Forest W 89–73  26–2
(11–2)
Dean Smith Center (21,004)
Chapel Hill, NC
March 1
3:30 p.m., ABC
#3 at Boston College W 90–80  27–2
(12–2)
Conte Forum (8,606)
Chestnut Hill, MA
March 4
8:00 p.m., Raycom
#1 Florida State W 90–77  28–2
(13–2)
Dean Smith Center (20,520)
Chapel Hill, NC
March 8
9:00 p.m., ESPN
#1 at #6 Duke W 76–68  29–2
(14–2)
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
ACC Tournament
March 14
12:00 p.m., Raycom/ESPN2
#1 vs. Florida State
Quarterfinals, No. 1 vs. No. 9
W 82–70  30–2
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (20,035)
Charlotte, NC
March 15
1:30 p.m, Raycom/ESPN
#1 vs. Virginia Tech
Semifinals, No. 1 vs. No. 4
W 68–66  31–2
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (20,035)
Charlotte, NC
March 16
1:00 p.m., Raycom/ESPN
#1 vs. Clemson
Championship Game, No. 1 vs. No. 3
W 86–81  32–2
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (20,035)
Charlotte, NC
NCAA Tournament
March 21*
7:10 p.m., CBS
#1 (1) vs. #(16) Mount St. Mary's
First Round, No. 1 vs. No. 16
W 113–74  33–2
RBC Center (19,477)
Raleigh, NC
March 23*
5:20 p.m., CBS
#1 (1) vs. #(9) Arkansas
Second Round, No. 1 vs. No. 9
W 108–77  34–2
RBC Center (19,477)
Raleigh, NC
March 27*
7:27 p.m., CBS
#1 (1) vs. #21 (4) Washington State
Sweet Sixteen, No. 1 vs. No. 4
W 68–47  35–2
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (19,092)
Charlotte, NC
March 29*
9:05 p.m., CBS
#1 (1) vs. #13 (3) Louisville
Elite Eight, No. 1 vs. No. 3
W 83–73  36–2
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (19,092)
Charlotte, NC
April 5*
8:47 p.m., CBS
#1 (1) vs. #4 (1) Kansas
Final Four, No. 1 vs. No.1
L 66–84  36–3
Alamodome (43,718)
San Antonio, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll timezone=Eastern Time[1]. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
2009 1 13 Tyler Hansbrough Indiana Pacers
2009 1 18 Ty Lawson Denver Nuggets
2009 1 28 Wayne Ellington Minnesota Timberwolves
2009 2 46 Danny Green Cleveland Cavaliers

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