2018–19 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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2018–19 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 8
2018–19 record20–5 (10–2 ACC)
Head coachRoy Williams (16th season)
Assistant coachSteve Robinson (16th season)
Assistant coachHubert Davis (7th season)
Assistant coachBrad Frederick (6th season)
Home arenaDean E. Smith Center
Seasons
2018–19 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Duke 11 1   .917     23 2   .920
No. 3 Virginia 11 2   .846     23 2   .920
No. 8 North Carolina 10 2   .833     20 5   .800
No. 16 Florida State 9 4   .692     21 5   .808
No. 18 Louisville 9 4   .692     18 8   .692
Syracuse 8 4   .667     17 8   .680
No. 20 Virginia Tech 9 5   .643     20 6   .769
NC State 6 7   .462     18 8   .692
Clemson 5 8   .385     15 11   .577
Boston College 4 8   .333     13 11   .542
Notre Dame 3 10   .231     13 13   .500
Miami (FL) 3 10   .231     11 14   .440
Georgia Tech 3 10   .231     11 15   .423
Wake Forest 3 10   .231     10 15   .400
Pittsburgh 2 11   .154     12 14   .462
2019 ACC Tournament winner
As of February 19, 2019
Source:The ACC; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018–19 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team will represent the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach will be Roy Williams, who will be in his 16th season as UNC's head men's basketball coach. The Tar Heels will play their home games at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Previous season[edit]

The Tar Heels finished the 2017–18 season with a record of 26–11, 11–7 in ACC play to finish in a four-way tie for third place. As the No. 6 seed in the ACC Tournament, they defeated Syracuse,[1] Miami,[2] and Duke[3] before losing to Virginia in the championship game.[4] They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the West region where they defeated Lipscomb[5] before losing to Texas A&M in the Second Round.[6]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Theo Pinson 1 G/F 6'6" 205 Senior Greensboro, North Carolina Graduated
Joel Berry II 2 G 6'0" 195 Senior Apopka, Florida Graduated
Kane Ma 14 G 6'0" 175 Senior Greensboro, North Carolina Graduated
Aaron Rohlman 25 F 6'6" 210 Senior Gastonia, North Carolina Graduated
Jalek Felton 5 G 6'3" 180 Freshman Columbia, South Carolina Dismissed

2018 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Nassir Little
SF
Orange Park, FL Orlando Christian Prep 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Oct 4, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 93
Coby White
PG/SG
Goldsboro, NC Greenfield School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jul 28, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 91
Rechon Black
SF
Concord, NC Cox Mill High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jan 15, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 87
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #8   Rivals: #9  247Sports: #8  ESPN: #7
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2018–19 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Seventh Woods 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Hammond School Columbia, South Carolina
G 1 Rechon Black 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Concord High School Concord, North Carolina
G 2 Coby White 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Greenfield School Goldsboro, North Carolina
G 3 Andrew Platek 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Northfield Mount Hermon Schenectady, New York
G 4 Brandon Robinson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Douglas County High School Douglasville, Georgia
F 5 Nassir Little 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Orlando Christian Prep Orange Park, Florida
F 11 Shea Rush 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr The Barstow School Kansas City, Missouri
G 13 Cameron Johnson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Sr Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Pittsburgh Moon Township, Pennsylvania
F 15 Garrison Brooks 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Auburn High School Lafayette, Alabama
F 21 Sterling Manley 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Pickerington Central High School Reynoldsburg, Ohio
F 22 Walker Miller (W) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So New Hampton School Greensboro, North Carolina
G 24 Kenny Williams 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr L.C. Bird Midlothian, Virginia
G 25 Caleb Ellis (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Cary Christian School Apex, North Carolina
G 30 K. J. Smith (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So IMG Academy Thousand Oaks, California
F 32 Luke Maye 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Hough Huntersville, North Carolina
F 35 Ryan McAdoo (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 201 lb (91 kg) So Saint Andrew's School Boca Raton, Florida
F 42 Brandon Huffman 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So Word of God Christian Academy Goldsboro, North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 2, 2018*
7:30 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 8 Mount Olive W 107-64 
 16  Brooks   16  Brooks   6  White  Dean Smith Center (20,314)
Chapel Hill, NC
Non-conference regular season
November 6, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 8 at Wofford W 78–67  1–0
 24  Maye   8  Johnson   5  Williams  Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium (3,400)
Spartanburg, SC
November 9, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 8 at Elon W 116–67  2–0
 21  Tied   10  Maye   5  Tied  Schar Center (5,245)
Elon, NC
November 12, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 Stanford W 90–72  3–0
 17  Johnson   8  Tied   4  Tied  Dean Smith Center (19,647)
Chapel Hill, NC
November 16, 2018*
7:00 pm, ACCRSN
No. 7 Tennessee Tech
Las Vegas Invitational Campus-Site Game
W 108–58  4–0
 15  Maye   8  Maye   8  Woods  Dean Smith Center (20,816)
Chapel Hill, NC
November 19, 2018*
8:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 7 Saint Francis (PA)
Las Vegas Invitational Campus-Site Game
W 101–76  5–0
 20  Johnson   10  Maye   9  Williams  Dean Smith Center (20,547)
Chapel Hill, NC
November 22, 2018*
7:30 pm, FS1
No. 7 vs. Texas
Las Vegas Invitational Semifinal
L 89–92  5–1
 33  White   9  Maye   5  Williams  Orleans Arena (7,489)
Paradise, NV
November 23, 2018*
4:00 pm, FOX
No. 7 vs. No. 17 UCLA
Las Vegas Invitational Third Place Game
W 94–78  6–1
 19  White   8  Maye   8  White  Orleans Arena (7,489)
Paradise, NV
November 28, 2018*
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 11 at No. 7 Michigan
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 67–84  6–2
 12  White   15  Maye   4  White  Crisler Center (12,707)
Ann Arbor, MI
December 5, 2018*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 14 UNC Wilmington W 97–69  7–2
 21  Johnson   10  Manley   8  Williams  Dean Smith Center (20,083)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 15, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 12 No. 4 Gonzaga W 103–90  8–2
 25  Johnson   16  Maye   6  White  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 22, 2018*
5:15 pm, CBS
No. 9 vs. No. 19 Kentucky
CBS Sports Classic/Rivalry
L 72–80  8–3
 17  Johnson   8  Brooks   5  Williams  United Center (15,124)
Chicago, IL
December 29, 2018*
12:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 14 Davidson W 82–60  9–3
 17  Johnson   14  Maye   7  White  Dean Smith Center (21,486)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 2, 2019*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 15 Harvard W 77–57  10–3
 14  Maye   7  Tied   4  White  Dean Smith Center (21,329)
Chapel Hill, NC
ACC Regular Season
January 5, 2019
12:00 pm, Raycom
No. 15 at Pittsburgh W 85-60  11–3
(1–0)
 22  White   11  Maye   5  Brooks  Petersen Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, PA
January 8, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 12 at No. 15 NC State
Rivalry
W 90–82  12–3
(2–0)
 21  Maye   11  Tied   5  Tied  PNC Arena (19,722)
Raleigh, NC
January 12, 2019
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 12 Louisville L 62–83  12–4
(2–1)
 12  Williams   11  Maye   3  Maye  Dean Smith Center (21,243)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 15, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 13 Notre Dame W 75–69  13–4
(3–1)
 17  White   10  Maye   6  Johnson  Dean Smith Center (20,475)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 19, 2019
12:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 13 at Miami (FL) W 85–76  14–4
(4–1)
 22  Johnson   9  Maye   8  White  Watsco Center (7,131)
Coral Gables, FL
January 21, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 11 No. 10 Virginia Tech W 103–82  15–4
(5–1)
 27  White   7  White   6  White  Dean Smith Center (21,148)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 29, 2019
7:00 pm, ACCRSN
No. 9 at Georgia Tech W 77–54  16–4
(6–1)
 22  Johnson   9  Tied   8  White  McCamish Pavilion (8,600)
Atlanta, GA
February 2, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 9 at No. 15 Louisville W 79–69  17–4
(7–1)
 20  Maye   11  Maye   4  Tied  KFC Yum! Center (19,985)
Louisville, KY
February 5, 2019
8:00 pm, Raycom
No. 8 NC State
Rivalry
W 113–84  18–4
(8–1)
 31  Maye   12  Maye   6  Brooks  Dean Smith Center (21,124)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 9, 2019
12:00 pm, Raycom
No. 8 Miami (FL) W 88–85 OT 19–4
(9–1)
 33  White   6  Tied   6  White  Dean Smith Center (21,383)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 11, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 No. 4 Virginia
Rivalry
L 61–69  19–5
(9–2)
 17  White   11  Maye   5  Williams  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 16, 2019
12:00 pm, Raycom
No. 8 at Wake Forest W 95–57  20–5
(10–2)
 27  Johnson   7  Tied   6  White  LJVM Coliseum (14,352)
Winston-Salem, NC
February 20, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 at No. 1 Duke
Rivalry
  
                  Cameron Indoor Stadium 
Durham, NC
February 23, 2019
3:45 pm, CBS
No. 8 No. 16 Florida State   
                  Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
February 26, 2019
9:00 pm, Raycom
Syracuse   
                  Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
March 2, 2019
6:00 pm, ESPN
at Clemson   
                  Littlejohn Coliseum 
Clemson, SC
March 5, 2019
8:00 pm, Raycom
at Boston College   
                  Conte Forum 
Chestnut Hill, MA
March 9, 2019
TBA, ESPN
Duke
Rivalry
  
                  Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
ACC Tournament
March 12-16, 2019
TBD, TBA
vs.    
                  Spectrum Center 
Charlotte, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Source[7] [8]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 8 7 7 11 14 12 9 14 15 12 13 11 9 8 8 8 Not released 
Coaches 7 7^ 6 13 12 12 10 14 15 12 15 12 10 8 8 9

*AP does not release post-NCAA Tournament rankings
^Coaches did not release a Week 2 poll.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "No. 11 North Carolina holds off No. 4 Duke in ACC semifinals". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
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  5. ^ "Lipscomb vs. North Carolina – Game Recap – March 16, 2018 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ "March Madness: No. 7 Texas A&M stuns No. 2 North Carolina in NCAA Tournament". The Denver Post. 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
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  8. ^ "2018-19 Men's Basketball Schedule". goheels.com. University of North Carolina. Retrieved January 24, 2019.