North Carolina Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


North Carolina Tar Heels

ACC (27-6, 16-2)

Early in the 2018-2019 campaign, North Carolina lost most of their big games against top competition. They did beat Gonzaga 103-90 though, but most remembered those losses to Texas, Michigan and Kentucky. But Coach Roy Williams rallied his team in the tough ACC and they finished very strong and with a share of the regular season conference title.
Big Wins: 12/15 Gonzaga (103-90), 2/20 at Duke (88-72), 2/23 Florida State (77-59)
Bad Losses: 11/22 vs Texas (89-92), 11/28 at Michigan (67-84), 1/12 Louisville (62-83)
Coach: Roy Williams
Why They Can Surprise:
As usual, the Tar Heels have an extremely potent offense. Senior guard Cameron Johnson has been a superb shooter and is connecting on 46.5 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. He is averaging 16.9 points per game and he has been extremely consistent throughout this season. Freshman Coby White, who is averaging 16.3 points and 4.2 assists, has been less consistent but at times just as dominate. It will be very important for UNC to get a good offensive output from White once they start facing tougher competition in the second weekend of the tournament and beyond. The other thing the Tar Heels do extremely well is rebound. Luke Maye averages 10.5 rebounds in addition to his 14.7 points per game.
Why They Can Disappoint:
North Carolina is obviously going to give up quite a few points since they are willing to force the pace of the game. They rank 14th in the ACC allowing 72.9 points per game. The bigger concern is that they rank tenth in the conference in field-goal percentage defense. Eventually North Carolina will run into a team that is shooting the ball effectively and when that happens the Tar Heels will have to be able to keep up. They usually can keep up and outscore anybody, but eventually having to run up and down the floor and score 90 points per game could catch up to North Carolina.
Probable Starters:
Coby White, Freshman, Guard, 16.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.2 apg
Kenny Williams, Senior, Guard, 8.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg
Cameron Johnson, Senior, Guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg
Garrison Brooks, Sophomore, Forward, 8.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Luke Maye, Senior, Forward, 14.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.4 apg
Key Role Players:
Nassir Little, Freshman, Forward, 9.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Brandon Robinson, Junior, Guard, 3.4 ppg
Seventh Woods, Junior, Guard, 2.6 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 86.6 (3rd in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 72.9 (223, 14)
Field-Goal Percentage: 46.6 (64, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.1 (45, 10)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 9.0 (60, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 37.3 (44, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 74.1 (59, 5)
Rebound Margin: 9.8 (2, 1)
Assists Per Game: 19.3 (2, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.4 (218, 10)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAARound of 64 win over Lipscomb
2018NCAARound of 32 loss to Texas A&M
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Texas Southern
2017NCAARound of 32 win over Arkansas
2017NCAARegional Semifinal win over Butler
2017NCAARegional Final win over Kentucky
2017NCAANational Semifinal win over Oregon
2017NCAANational Final win over Gonzaga
2016NCAARound of 64 win over Florida Gulf Coast
2016NCAARound of 32 win over Providence
2016NCAARegional Semifinal win over Indiana
2016NCAARegional Final win over Notre Dame
2016NCAANational Semifinal win over Syracuse
2016NCAANational Final loss to Villanova
2015NCAARound of 64 win over Harvard
2015NCAARound of 32 win over Arkansas
2015NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Wisconsin
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Providence
2014NCAARound of 32 loss to Iowa State
2013NCAARound of 64 win over Villanova
2013NCAARound of 32 loss to Kansas
2012NCAARound of 64 win over Vermont
2012NCAARound of 32 win over Creighton
2012NCAARegional Semifinal win over Ohio
2012NCAARegional Final loss to Kansas
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Long Island
2011NCAARound of 32 win over Washington
2011NCAARegional Semifinal win over Marquette
2011NCAARegional Final loss to Kentucky
2010NITFirst Round win over William & Mary
2010NITSecond Round win over Mississippi State
2010NITQuarterfinal win over UAB
2010NITSemifinal win over Rhode Island
2010NITFinal loss to Dayton
2009NCAARound of 64 win over Radford
2009NCAARound of 32 win over LSU
2009NCAARegional Semifinal win over Gonzaga
2009NCAARegional Final win over Oklahoma
2009NCAANational Semifinal win over Villanova
2009NCAANational Final win over Michigan State
2008NCAARound of 64 win over Mount St. Mary's
2008NCAARound of 32 win over Arkansas
2008NCAARegional Semifinal win over Washington State
2008NCAARegional Final win over Louisville
2008NCAANational Semifinal loss to Kansas
2007NCAARound of 64 win over Eastern Kentucky
2007NCAARound of 32 win over Michigan State
2007NCAARegional Semifinal win over USC
2007NCAARegional Final loss to Georgetown
*all team stats through 3/10