2016–17 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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2016–17 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
NCAA Tournament National Champions
ACC regular season champions
Maui Invitational champions
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 5
2016–17 record 33–7 (14–4 ACC)
Head coach Roy Williams (14th season)
Assistant coach Steve Robinson (14th season)
Assistant coach C. B. McGrath (14th season)
Assistant coach Hubert Davis (5th season)
Home arena Dean E. Smith Center
Seasons
2016–17 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 North Carolina 14 4   .778     33 7   .825
No. 16 Florida State 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
No. 14 Notre Dame 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
No. 10 Louisville 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
No. 7 Duke 11 7   .611     28 9   .757
No. 24 Virginia 11 7   .611     23 11   .676
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Miami (FL) 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Syracuse 10 8   .556     19 15   .559
Wake Forest 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Georgia Tech 8 10   .444     21 16   .568
Clemson 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
North Carolina State 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
Pittsburgh 4 14   .222     16 17   .485
Boston College 2 16   .111     9 23   .281
2017 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016–17 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It was head coach Roy William's 14th season, the Tar Heels played their home games at the Dean Smith Center as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 2017, they earned their 6th NCAA National Championship by defeating Gonzaga in the championship game.

Previous season[edit]

The Tar Heels finished the 2015–16 season with a record of 33–7, 14–4 in ACC play to finish in first place, winning their 30th ACC regular season title. The Tar Heels also won their 18th ACC Tournament Championship by beating Virginia in the finals 61–57, they received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. There, they defeated Florida Gulf Coast, Providence, Indiana, and Notre Dame to earn a trip to the Final Four, the school's 19th Final Four. In a matchup against fellow ACC foe, Syracuse, the Tar Heels easily won 83–66 to advance to the National Championship against Villanova, despite a circus shot by Marcus Paige to tie the game at 74 with less than five seconds remaining, the Tar Heels lost on a three pointer as time expired.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Marcus Paige 5 G 6'2" 175 Senior Marion, Iowa Graduated
Brice Johnson 11 F 6'10" 230 Senior Orangeburg, South Carolina Graduated
Justin Coleman 31 G 6'1" 185 Senior Raleigh, North Carolina Graduated
Toby Egbuna 34 F 6'4" 225 Senior Clemmons, North Carolina Graduated
Joel James 42 C 6'11" 280 Senior West Palm Beach, Florida Graduated
Spenser Dalton 43 G 6'3" 215 Senior Asheville, North Carolina Graduated

2016 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tony Bradley
C
Bartow, Florida Bartow High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sep 2, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Brandon Robinson
SG
Douglasville, Georgia Douglas County High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sep 28, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Seventh Woods
SG
Columbia, South Carolina Hammond School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 11, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Shea Rush
SF
Kansas City, Missouri The Barstow School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Feb 14, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #9   Rivals: #9  247Sports: #11  ESPN: #12
  • 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:

Future recruits[edit]

2017–18 team recruits[edit]

Roster[edit]

2016–17 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Britt, NateNate Britt 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Oak Hill Academy Upper Marlboro, Maryland
G/F 1 Pinson, TheoTheo Pinson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Wesleyan Christian Academy Greensboro, North Carolina
G 2 Berry II, JoelJoel Berry II (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Lake Highland Prep Apopka, Florida
F 3 Meeks, KennedyKennedy Meeks 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Sr West Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina
F 4 Hicks, IsaiahIsaiah Hicks 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr J.F. Webb Oxford, North Carolina
C 5 Bradley, TonyTony Bradley 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Bartow High School Bartow, Florida
SF 11 Rush, SheaShea Rush (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr The Barstow School Kansas City, Missouri
G 13 Coker, KanlerKanler Coker (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr North Hall/Flowery Branch Gainesville, Georgia
G 14 Robinson, BrandonBrandon Robinson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Douglas County High School Douglasville, Georgia
G 21 Woods, SeventhSeventh Woods 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Hammond School Columbia, South Carolina
G 24 Williams, KennyKenny Williams 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So L.C. Bird Midlothian, Virginia
F 25 Rohlman, AaronAaron Rohlman (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Hunter Huss Gastonia, North Carolina
G 30 White, StilmanStilman White 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Sr Hoggard Wilmington, North Carolina
F 32 Maye, LukeLuke Maye 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Hough Huntersville, North Carolina
G/F 44 Jackson, JustinJustin Jackson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Homeschool Christian Youth Assoc. Tomball, Texas
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 4, 2016*
7:30 pm
No. 6 UNC Pembroke W 124–63 
 20  Berry II   8  Maye   7  Jackson  Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 11, 2016*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 6 at Tulane W 95–75  1–0
 27  Jackson   15  Meeks   5  Britt  Smoothie King Center (6,043)
New Orleans, LA
November 13, 2016*
4:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 Chattanooga
Maui Invitational
W 97–57  2–0
 18  Berry II   12  Meeks   5  Berry II  Dean Smith Center (13,402)
Chapel Hill, NC
November 15, 2016*
8:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 5 Long Beach State W 93–67  3–0
 23  Berry II   10  Jackson   6  Woods  Dean Smith Center (12,581)
Chapel Hill, NC
November 19, 2016*
1:00 am, OC Sports
No. 5 at Hawaii W 83–68  4–0
 16  Hicks   13  Bradley   6  Berry II  Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
Honolulu, HI
November 21, 2016*
11:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 at Chaminade
Maui Invitational Quarterfinals
W 104–61  5–0
 22  Hicks   10  Meeks   4  Tied  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
November 22, 2016*
10:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 vs. Oklahoma State
Maui Invitational Semifinal
W 107–75  6–0
 24  Berry II   8  Tied   6  Jackson  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
November 23, 2016*
9:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 vs. No. 16 Wisconsin
Maui Invitational Championship
W 71–56  7–0
 22  Berry II   16  Meeks   3  Berry II  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
November 30, 2016*
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 3 at No. 13 Indiana
ACC-Big Ten Challenge
L 67–76  7–1
 21  Jackson   8  Tied   8  Berry II  Assembly Hall (17,222)
Bloomington, IN
December 4, 2016*
2:00 pm, RSN
No. 3 Radford W 95–50  8–1
 19  Williams   11  Bradley   6  Jackson  Dean Smith Center (14,230)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 7, 2016*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 Davidson W 83–74  9–1
 27  Jackson   8  Jackson   6  Britt  Dean Smith Center (13,178)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 11, 2016*
5:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 Tennessee W 73–71  10–1
 12  Williams   10  Bradley   7  Britt  Dean Smith Center (18,745)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 17, 2016*
5:45 pm, CBS
No. 7 vs. No. 6 Kentucky
CBS Sports Classic/Rivalry
L 100–103  10–2
 34  Jackson   7  Meeks   7  Berry II  T-Mobile Arena (19,298)
Las Vegas, NV
December 21, 2016*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 8 Northern Iowa W 85–42  11–2
 18  Meeks   8  Meeks   5  Williams  Dean Smith Center (18,033)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 28, 2016*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 9 Monmouth W 102–74  12–2
 28  Jackson   12  Meeks   5  Jackson  Dean Smith Center (20,064)
Chapel Hill, NC
ACC Regular Season
December 31, 2016
12:00 pm, ACCN
No. 9 at Georgia Tech L 63–75  12–3
(0–1)
 16  Jackson   14  Meeks   3  Jackson  Hank McCamish Pavilion (7,754)
Atlanta, GA
January 3, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 14 at Clemson W 89–86 OT 13–3
(1–1)
 31  Berry II   16  Meeks   4  Meeks  Littlejohn Coliseum (8,716)
Clemson, SC
January 8, 2017
1:00 pm, ESPN
No. 14 NC State
Carolina–State Game
W 107–56  14–3
(2–1)
 21  Jackson   8  Bradley   5  Berry II  Dean Smith Center (16,133)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 11, 2017
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 11 at Wake Forest W 93–87  15–3
(3–1)
 19  Jackson   11  Meeks   7  Berry II  LJVM Coliseum (13,159)
Winston-Salem, NC
January 14, 2017
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 11 No. 9 Florida State W 96–83  16–3
(4–1)
 26  Berry II   15  Maye   4  Hicks  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 16, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 9 Syracuse W 85–68  17–3
(5–1)
 20  Hicks   12  Meeks   5  Pinson  Dean Smith Center (20,588)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 21, 2017
Noon, ACCN
No. 9 at Boston College W 90–82  18–3
(6–1)
 22  Jackson   9  Meeks   4  Hicks  Conte Forum (8,606)
Chestnut Hill, MA
January 26, 2017
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 9 Virginia Tech W 91–72  19–3
(7–1)
 26  Jackson   14  Meeks   4  Jackson  Dean Smith Center (20,113)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 28, 2017
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 9 at Miami (FL) L 62–77  19–4
(7–2)
 21  Jackson   6  Hicks   4  Berry II  BankUnited Center (7,563)
Coral Gables, FL
January 31, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 12 Pittsburgh W 80–78  20–4
(8–2)
 20  Jackson   8  Hicks   4  Britt  Dean Smith Center (18,438)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 5, 2017
1:00 pm, ESPNews
No. 12 vs. No. 20 Notre Dame W 83–76  21–4
(9–2)
 16  Jackson   8  Meeks   7  Berry II  Greensboro Coliseum (17,051)
Greensboro, NC
February 9, 2017
8:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
No. 8 at No. 18 Duke
Rivalry
L 78–86  21–5
(9–3)
 21  Jackson   7  Pinson   4  Woods  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 15, 2017
8:00 pm, ACCN
No. 10 at NC State
Carolina–State Game
W 97–73  22–5
(10–3)
 18  Berry II   8  Meeks   6  Berry II  PNC Arena (19,500)
Raleigh, NC
February 18, 2017
8:15 pm, ESPN
No. 10 No. 14 Virginia W 65–41  23–5
(11–3)
 20  Jackson   8  Hicks   6  Jackson  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 22, 2017
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 No. 7 Louisville W 74–63  24–5
(12–3)
 21  Jackson   10  Meeks   3  Berry II  Dean Smith Center (21,269)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 25, 2017
Noon, ACCN
No. 8 at Pittsburgh W 85–67  25–5
(13–3)
 23  Jackson   10  Meeks   7  Pinson  Petersen Events Center (10,704)
Pittsburgh, PA
February 27, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 at No. 23 Virginia L 43–53  25–6
(13–4)
 12  Berry II   7  Meeks   3  Maye  John Paul Jones Arena (14,001)
Charlottesville, VA
March 4, 2017
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 No. 17 Duke
Rivalry
W 90–83  26–6
(14–4)
 28  Berry II   9  Hicks   7  Pinson  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
ACC Tournament
March 9, 2017
12:00 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 6 vs. (9) Miami (FL)
Quarterfinals
W 78–53  27–6
 19  Hicks   7  Meeks   6  Pinson  Barclays Center (17,732)
Brooklyn, NY
March 10, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 6 vs. (5) No. 14 Duke
Semifinals
L 83–93  27–7
 19  Meeks   12  Meeks   8  Pinson  Barclays Center (18,103)
Brooklyn, NY
NCAA Tournament
March 17, 2017*
4:00 pm, TNT
(1 S) No. 5 vs. (16 S) Texas Southern
First Round
W 103–64  28–7
 21  Jackson   9  Maye   5  Britt  Bon Secours Wellness Arena (14,179)
Greenville, SC
March 19, 2017*
6:10 pm, TNT
(1 S) No. 5 vs. (8 S) Arkansas
Second Round
W 72–65  29–7
 16  Meeks   11  Meeks   5  Jackson  Bon Secours Wellness Arena (14,179)
Greenville, SC
March 24, 2017*
7:09 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 5 vs. (4 S) No. 21 Butler
Sweet Sixteen
W 92–80  30–7
 26  Berry II   12  Maye   5  Jackson  FedExForum (16,397)
Memphis, TN
March 26, 2017*
5:05 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 5 vs. (2 S) No. 6 Kentucky
Elite Eight/Rivalry
W 75–73  31–7
 19  Jackson   17  Meeks   4  Jackson  FedEx Forum (16,412)
Memphis, TN
April 1, 2017*
8:49 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 5 vs. (3 MW) No. 9 Oregon
Final Four
W 77–76  32–7
 25  Meeks   14  Meeks   5  Pinson  University of Phoenix Stadium (77,612)
Glendale, AZ
April 3, 2017*
9:20 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 5 vs. (1 W) No. 2 Gonzaga
National Championship
W 71–65  33–7
 22  Berry II   10  Meeks   6  Berry II  University of Phoenix Stadium (76,168)
Glendale, AZ
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South Region, MW=Midwest, W=West.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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 6 5 4 3 7 7 8 9 14 11 9 9 12 8 10 8 5 6 5 Not released 
Coaches 6 6 4 3 5 6 8 10 16 12 9 6 10 7 9 8 5 6 8 1

*AP does not release post-NCAA Tournament rankings

Players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
2017 1 15 Justin Jackson Portland Trail Blazers
2017 1 28 Tony Bradley Los Angeles Lakers

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