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1996–97 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

The 1996–97 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 1996–97 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by legendary head coach Dean Smith in his 36th and final season at the school. The team played its home games in the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

1996–97 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
ACC Tournament champions
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1996–97 record28–7 (11–5 ACC )
Head coachDean Smith (36th season)
Assistant coachBill Guthridge (30th season)
Assistant coachPhil Ford (8th season)
Assistant coachDave Hanners (7th season)
Home arenaDean Smith Center
Seasons
1996–97 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Duke 12 4   .750     24 9   .727
#9 Wake Forest 11 5   .688     24 7   .774
#4 North Carolina 11 5   .688     28 7   .800
#14 Clemson 9 7   .563     23 10   .697
#22 Maryland 9 7   .563     21 11   .656
Virginia 7 9   .438     18 13   .581
NC State 4 12   .250     17 15   .531
Georgia Tech 3 13   .188     9 18   .333
ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

RosterEdit

1996–97 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 3 Shammond Williams 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Jr Fork Union Military Greenville, South Carolina
F 4 Makhtar N'Diaye 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 231 lb (105 kg) Jr Oak Hill Academy Dakar, Senegal
G 5 Ed Cota 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Samuel J. Tilden Brooklyn, New York
F/C 13 Ademola Okulaja 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So John F. Kennedy High School Berlin, Germany
G/F 15 Vince Carter 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Mainland High School Daytona Beach, Florida
G 21 Terrence Newby 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Jordan-Matthews Siler City, North Carolina
G 22 Scott Williams 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 156 lb (71 kg) So Lawrence Lawrence, Kansas
F/C 33 Antawn Jamison 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 223 lb (101 kg) So Providence Charlotte, North Carolina
Head coach

Dean Smith

Assistant coach(es)

Bill Guthridge, Phil Ford, Dave Hanners


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

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Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
Nov 22, 1996*
No. 7 vs. No. 19 Arizona
Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic
L 72–83  0–1
Springfield Civic Center 
Springfield, MA
Nov 26, 1996
No. 7 Richmond W 86–75  1–1
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 4, 1997
No. 11 at No. 2 Wake Forest L 57–81  9–2
(0–1)
Lawrence Joel Coliseum 
Winston-Salem, NC
Jan 8, 1997
No. 13 No. 19 Maryland L 75–85  9–3
(0–2)
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 11, 1997
No. 13 at Virginia L 63–75  9–4
(0–3)
University Hall 
Charlottesville, VA
Jan 15, 1997
No. 22 NC State W 59–56  10–4
(1–3)
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 18, 1997
No. 22 Georgia Tech W 73–50  11–4
(2–3)
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 22, 1997
No. 19 Florida State L 71–84  11–5
(2–4)
Donald L. Tucker Center 
Tallahassee, FL
Jan 26, 1997
No. 19 No. 2 Clemson W 61–48  12–5
(3–4)
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 29, 1997
No. 19 at No. 12 Duke L 73–80  12–6
(3–5)
Cameron Indoor Stadium 
Durham, NC
Feb 1, 1997*
No. 19 Middle Tennessee W 99–49  13–6
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 6, 1997
No. 20 Florida State W 90–62  14–6
(4–5)
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 8, 1997
No. 20 Virginia W 81–57  15–6
(5–5)
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 12, 1997
No. 16 at NC State W 45–44  16–6
(6–5)
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
Feb 15, 1997
No. 16 at Georgia Tech W 72–68  17–6
(7–5)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum 
Atlanta, GA
Feb 19, 1997
No. 12 No. 4 Wake Forest W 74–60  18–6
(8–5)
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 22, 1997
No. 12 at No. 14 Maryland W 93–81  19–6
(9–5)
Cole Fieldhouse 
College Park, MD
Feb 26, 1997
No. 8 at No. 12 Clemson W 76–69  20–6
(10–5)
Littlejohn Coliseum 
Clemson, SC
Mar 2, 1997
No. 8 No. 7 Duke W 91–85  21–6
(11–5)
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
ACC Tournament
Mar 7, 1997
No. 5 Virginia
ACC Tournament Quarterfinal
W 78–68  22–6
Greensboro Coliseum 
Greensboro, NC
Mar 8, 1997
No. 5 No. 8 Wake Forest
ACC Tournament Semifinal
W 86–73  23–6
Greensboro Coliseum 
Greensboro, NC
Mar 9, 1997
No. 5 NC State
ACC Tournament Championship
W 64–54  24–6
Greensboro Coliseum 
Greensboro, NC
NCAA Tournament
Mar 13, 1997
(1) No. 4 (16) Fairfield
First Round
W 82–74  25–6
Lawrence Joel Coliseum 
Winston-Salem, NC
Mar 15, 1997
(1) No. 4 (9) No. 24 Colorado
Second Round
W 73–56  26–6
Lawrence Joel Coliseum 
Winston-Salem, NC
Mar 21, 1997
(1) No. 4 (5) California
East Regional Semifinal
W 63–57  27–6
Carrier Dome 
Syracuse, NY
Mar 23, 1997
(1) No. 4 (6) No. 25 Louisville
East Regional Final
W 97–74  28–6
Carrier Dome 
Syracuse, NY
Mar 29, 1997*
(1 E) No. 4 vs. (4 SE) No. 15 Arizona
Final Four
L 58–66[2]  28–7
RCA Dome 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ U.N.C. basketball blue book. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2000.
  2. ^ "Arizona 66, North Carolina 58". Washington Post. March 30, 1997. p. D1. Retrieved March 10, 2019.