NCAA Tournament Men’s Final Four Championship Game: Tar Heels up against Jayhawks for title in 9:20 PM matchup tonight

Hubert Davis UNC head coach

April 3, 2022

• East Regional champion North Carolina (29-9) plays Midwest champion Kansas (33-6) in the 2022 national championship game on Monday, April 4, in New Orleans in the Caesars Superdome.
• Tip time is 9:20 p.m. Eastern (8:20 p.m. local time). 
• Carolina is playing in the national championship game for the 12th time (second most all-time behind UCLA’s 13). UNC has played in the finals in 1946, 1957, 1968, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, 2016, 2017 and 2022.
• Carolins is playing in the championship game for the third time in six seasons.
• UNC is 6-5 in NCAA title games, including 2-0 in the Superdome.
• The Tar Heels have won NCAA championships in 1957 under Frank McGuire, 1982 and 1993 in New Orleans under Dean Smith and 2005, 2009 and 2017 for Roy Williams.
• Carolina and Kansas are playing in the Final Four for the fifth time, two more than any other matchup in Final Four history (Duke-Kansas, UCLA-Louisville and UNC-Michigan State have all played three times in the Final Four).
• UNC defeated KU in the 1957 championship game and the 1993 semifinals; the Jayhawks beat UNC in the semifinals in 1991 and 2008. 
• With a win, Hubert Davis would become the first individual to lead his team to a national championship in his first full season as a head coach (Michigan’s Steve Fisher was the head coach for the six NCAA Tournament games in 1989).
• Davis, the winner of the John  McLendon Award as the 2021-22 National Coach of the Year, is the fifth individual to lead his team to the national championship game in his first season as a college head coach (Dick Harp of Kansas in 1957, Indiana State’s Bill Hodges in 1979, UCLA’s Larry Brown in 1980, Fisher and Davis).
• The 2022 Final Four is Carolina’s 21st, most in NCAA history. The Tar Heels’ win over Duke in the national semifinal was UNC’s 131st in NCAA Tournament history, the most all-time.
• Only four schools have played in more NCAA Tournament games than Carolina has won (Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and UCLA).
• Carolina is 2-1 all-time on April 4, winning the 2005 NCAA title vs. Illinois, beating Villanova in the 2009 semifinal and losing to Villanova in the 2016 championship game.

• Carolina was the No. 8 seed in the East Regional. The Tar Heels defeated No. 9 Marquette, 95-63, and No. 1 Baylor, 93-86, in overtime in Fort Worth, Texas; and beat No. 4 UCLA, 73-66, and No. 15 Saint Peter’s, 69-49, in the regional in Philadelphia. Saint Peter’s had beaten second-seed Kentucky and No. 3 seed Purdue in the earlier rounds.
• The Tar Heels beat Duke, the second seed and champion of the West Regional, 81-77, in the national semifinal in New Orleans. It was the first time UNC and Duke ever played in the NCAA Tournament.
• Love led UNC with 28 points against the Blue Devils. It was the third time in five games against Duke he scored 20 or more points.
• Love made two of his first nine field goal attempts from the floor, then made nine of his last 11.
• Carolina improved to 8-1 this season when Love, RJ Davis and Brady Manek each made multiple threes in a game (Love made three, Davis and Manek each made two).
• Love tied his career high with 11 field goals (also vs. UCLA in the Sweet 16).
• Carolina is 13-0 this season and 15-0 in two seasons when Love scores 20 or more points.
• It was the third time in the 2022 NCAA Tournament Love scored 20 or more points in a half. He scored 21 first-half points vs. Marquette; scored 27 of his 30 against UCLA in the Sweet 16 in the second half; and scored 22 of his 28 vs. Duke in the second half.
• Bacot had 11 points and 21 rebounds for his 30th double-double, which set the all-time ACC single-season record. Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan had 29 in 1996-97. 
• Bacot tied the second-most double-doubles in a season in NCAA history with 30. Navy’s David Robinson had 31 in 1985-86. West Virginia’s Jerry West (1960), Wichita State’s Xavier McDaniel (1985), Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin (2009) and LaSalle’s Tom Gola (1954 and 1955 also had 30.
• Bacot became the first Tar Heel ever with two NCAA Tournament games with 20 or more rebounds. He had 22 against Saint Peter’s in the regional final. Tyler Zeller is the only other Tar Heel with at least 20 in an NCAA Tourney game (had 22 against Ohio in 2012).
• It was Bacot’s fifth 20-rebound game of the season, which tied a UNC record with Billy Cunningham.
• Bacot’s 21 rebounds were the most in a Final Four game since Kansas’s Nick Collison had 21 vs. Syracuse in the 2003 final.
• It was the 13th time a player had 21 or more rebounds in a Final Four game. The others on this illustrious list include some of the game’s all-time greatest players: San Francisco’s Bill Russell (twice), Houston’s Elvin Hayes, Seattle’s Elgin Baylor, NYU’s Tom Sanders, Memphis’s Larry Kenon, Houston’s Akeem Olajuwon, Kentucky’s Bill Spivey, UCLA’s Lew Alcindor, Jacksonville’s Artis Gilmore, UCLA’s Bill Walton and Kansas’s Nick Collison.
• Bacot broke the UNC record for rebounds in an NCAA Tournament. He has 84 in the five games (previous was 69 by Kennedy Meeks in six games in 2017).
• Bacot joined Antawn Jamison (1997-98) as the only Tar Heels with five double-doubles in one NCAA Tournament.
• Bacot’s 21 rebounds were the most by UNC in 21 national semifinal games (previous was 17 by Pete Brennan in triple overtime vs. Michigan State in 1957).
• RJ Davis scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half. 
• Leaky Black made two threes, his first multi-three game since he hit two against Syracuse in the home finale on Feb. 28.
• Black grabbed a career-high six offensive rebounds (previous was five at Notre Dame on 2/17/2020).
• Carolina improved to 5-9 this season when trailing at the half, including two straight wins over Duke.
• Carolina has three wins as an unranked team over an AP top-10 ranked team this year, all in the last eight games (No. 4 Duke in Durham on March 5, No. 4 Baylor in the NCAA second round on March 19 and No. 9 Duke in the Final Four).
• UNC improved to 9-1 in the Superdome.
• Duke’s four turnovers were the fewest by an opponent against UNC in any NCAA Tournament game. The previous low was five by Wisconsin in 2015, Michigan State in 1998 and Auburn in 1985.
• Duke’s four turnovers matched the fewest by an opponent this season. Miami committed four in a 28-point win over UNC in January.
• The game included 12 ties and 18 lead changes, both the most in a UNC game this season (there were 11 ties in the win over Brown and 14 lead changes in the win over UCLA).
• Carolina’s win over No. 9-ranked Duke was the Tar Heels’ fifth as an unranked team over a ranked opponent this season (also beat No. 24 Michigan, No. 4 Duke, No. 4 Baylor and No. 11 UCLA). It’s the most wins by an unranked UNC team over ranked opponents since winning five times in 1989-90.
• The win over Duke was the third time unranked Carolina beat a top-10 ranked team this season (No. 4 Duke in Durham, No. 4 Baylor and No. 9 Duke in the Final Four). That marks the fourth time a UNC team has beaten three top-10 opponents in a season as an unranked team (also in 1964-65, 1989-90 and 2002-03).
• Bacot (Richmond, Va.) was the Most Outstanding Player of the East Regional. He scored 20 points and tied his career high with 22 rebounds in the Elite 8 vs. Saint Peter’s.
• Carolina has the third-highest scoring margin (14.0 points), fourth-largest rebound margin (+11.6) and third-most three-pointers (10.0 per game) in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
• Caleb Love scored 20 of UNC’s final 29 points, and 27 of his career-high 30 in the second half, to lead the Tar Heels over UCLA. 
• RJ Davis scored 30 and Brady Manek had 26 in the second-round win over Baylor. The Tar Heels had a 67-42 lead midway through the second period, but the Bears forced overtime with a 38-13 run. Davis’s three-point play in overtime proved to be the key play in Carolina’s victory.
• The win over Baylor was Carolina’s ninth all-time over a No. 1 seed, tying Duke for the most in NCAA Tournament history.
• The win over Baylor was also the first time UNC eliminated the defending champion in the NCAA Tournament.
• Love scored 30 (21 in the first half) and Manek had 28 in the 32-point win over Marquette, which was the largest margin in NCAA Tournament history in a game between 8 and 9 seeds.

• Carolina is 29-9 overall. This is Carolina’s 62nd season with 20 or more wins and its NCAA-record 39th with at least 25. A win over Kansas would be the Tar Heels’ 14th 30-win season.
• The Tar Heels tied Notre Dame for second in the ACC at 15-5, one game behind Duke. 
• UNC was the No. 3 seed in Brooklyn in the ACC Tournament, defeated Virginia in the quarterfinal and lost to eventual ACC champion Virginia Tech in the semifinal.
• Carolina went 15-2 at home and 8-3 in road games this season and is 6-4 in neutral-site games. 
• Carolina’s neutral-site losses were to the ACC champion (Virginia Tech), a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament (Kentucky) and two No. 3 seeds (Purdue and Tennessee).
• Carolina is 9-7 this season against the rest of the NCAA Tournament field.
• The Tar Heels have won 11 of their last 12 and 17 of their last 20 games. The 72-59 loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC semifinals ended UNC’s season-long six-game win streak.  
• Over the last 12 games (since the home loss to Pittsburgh on February 16) the Tar Heels have held the opponents to 40.2% shooting from the floor.
 • The 15 regular-season ACC wins were Carolina’s second most all-time. The Tar Heels went 16-2 in 2018-19.
• With the 94-81 win at Duke on March 5 the Tar Heels won their last five road games and went 7-3 (.700) on the road in ACC play this season and 8-3 (.727) in all road games. The national average road winning percentage this college basketball season through the regular season was 42.5%.
• This was Carolina’s 43rd winning record on the road in 69 seasons of ACC basketball.
• Carolina enters Monday night No. 16 in KenPom’s overall rankings. Here is a look at where Carolina has been ranked in KenPom throughout the season:

KenPom Overall Ranking (courtesy Ken Pomeroy)
through 10 games prior to Kentucky game 31
through December (12 games) 35
through Jan. 15 win over Georgia Tech 24
after Jan. 18 loss to Miami 37
after Jan. 22 loss to Wake Forest 43
through Feb. 1 win at Louisville 37
after Feb. 5 loss to Duke 46
prior to Feb. 16 Pittsburgh game 38
after loss to Pittsburgh 48
through Feb. 28 win over Syracuse 38
through March win at Duke 32
through ACC Tournament win over Virginia 25
prior to NCAA Tournament 29
after defeating Marquette in NCAA first round 24
after defeating Baylor 20
after defeating UCLA 18
prior to the Final Four vs. Duke 16
prior to the NCAA final vs. Kansas 16

• Carolina head coach Hubert Davis became the 10th individual to lead a team to the Final Four in his first season as a college head coach, and the first since his college assistant coach Bill Guthridge led the Tar Heels to the 1998 Final Four in San Antonio.
• Davis joined Bruce Drake, Oklahoma, 1939; Bully Gilstrap, Texas, 1943; Ray Meyer, DePaul, 1943; Gary Thompson, Wichita State, 1965; Denny Crum, Louisville, 1972; Bill Hodges, Indiana State, 1979; Larry Brown, UCLA, 1980; Steve Fisher, Michigan, 1989; and Guthridge.
• Davis is the second individual to play in a Final Four game and be the head coach in a Final Four at the same school. Davis joined Dick Harp, who played for Kansas in the 1940 Final Four and was head coach of the Jayhawks in 1957 (in the championship game vs. UNC). In yet another UNC-Kansas connection, Harp was an administrative assistant to Dean Smith at UNC from 1986-89, including the 1988-89 season when Jeff Lebo was a senior and Hubert Davis a freshman.
• Davis scored 25 points against Kansas in the 1991 national semifinals in Indianapolis.
• Davis is the sixth Tar Heel head coach to lead the program to the Final Four, joining Ben Carnevale (1946), Frank McGuire (1957), Dean Smith (11 times), Bill Guthridge (1998 and 2000) and Roy Williams (five times).
• Davis is the first individual to reach the NCAA championship game in his first season as UNC’s head coach.

• The Tar Heels are 6-5 all-time against Kansas although the Jayhawks have won the last three matchups, all in the NCAA Tournament (2008, 2012 and 2013).
• UNC is 2-4 vs. Kansas in the NCAA Tournament with wins in the 1957 title game and 1993 semifinal in New Orleans. KU beat Carolina in the 1991 semifinals, the 2008 semifinals, the 2012 Elite 8 and the 2013 second round.
• Carolina and Kansas are playing in the Final Four for the fifth time, two more than any other matchup in Final Four history (Duke-Kansas, UCLA-Louisville and UNC-Michigan State have all played three times in the Final Four).
• Kansas and Carolina rank first and third, respectively, in all-time wins.
• The Tar Heels have the most NCAA Tournament wins in history (131) while KU is fourth with 114.
• Carolina is first in Final Fours with 21; Kansas is fifth with 16.
• Carolina is second all-time in NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.732) and the Jayhawks are fifth (.704).  
• The first five games in the series were decided by an average of 5.6 points, which included a pair of one-point games. The last five games (including two UNC wins) have all been decided by 10 or more points.
• The Carolina and Kansas connections are numerous and historic. Dean Smith played at Kansas, winning a national championship in 1952 and playing in another Final Four in 1953. He led UNC to 879 wins and two NCAA titles as head coach.
• Roy Williams won 418 games in 15 seasons as Kansas’s head coach from 1988-2003 and led the Jayhawks to four Final Four appearances. Williams won 485 games and three national titles in 15 seasons as UNC’s head coach.
• Larry Brown played at Carolina under Smith and won a national title as KU head coach in 1988.
• Dick Harp was KU’s head coach against UNC in 1957 and was later an administrative assistant under Smith at UNC from 1986-89, where he was on staff in 1988-89, Hubert Davis‘s freshman season.
• Carolina’s strength and conditioning coach, Jonas Sahratian, was in a similar role at KU from 1999-2003. He is in his 18th season at Carolina.
• Steve Robinson and Joe Holladay were assistant coaches under Williams at both schools.
• Jerod Haase and C.B. McGrath played for Williams at KU and were assistant coaches at UNC with Williams.

• Carolina won its first of six NCAA titles on March 23, 1957, defeating Kansas, 54-53, in triple overtime in the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
• The win completed a perfect 32-0 season for the Tar Heels for the ACC’s first national title.
• Frank McGuire was Carolina’s head coach.
• Lennie Rosenbluth led UNC with 20 points but fouled out late in regulation.
• Joe Quigg made the tying and winning free throws with six seconds to play in the third overtime.
• Pete Brennan (11 points and 11 rebounds), point guard Tom Kearns (11 points) and Quigg (10 points) also scored in double figures for Carolina.
• It was the second triple overtime game in as many nights for UNC, which beat Michigan State in the semifinals.

• This is Carolina’s 52nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which is the second most all-time (Kentucky 59).
• The Tar Heels are 131-48 in the NCAA Tournament. The 131 wins are the most all-time.
• Carolina’s six NCAA Tournament championships are the third most all-time.
• The Tar Heels won NCAA titles in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009 and 2017.
• Carolina’s 21 Final Fours are the most in NCAA Tournament history.
• The Tar Heels are the only team to play in the Final Four in each of the last nine decades: 1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017 and 2022.
• The Tar Heels have also played in at least one championship game in each of the last nine decades.
• Carolina has played in the second-most NCAA Tournament games (179), second-most championship games (12) and has the second-highest winning percentage (.732) in all NCAA Tournament games.
• Carolina’s Final Four Most Outstanding Players include: James Worthy (1982), Donald Williams (1993), Sean May (2005), Wayne Ellington (2009) and Joel Berry II (2017).

Kentucky 8
North Carolina 6
Indiana 5
Duke 5

North Carolina 21
Kentucky 17
Duke 17
Kansas 16

North Carolina 12
Kentucky 12
Duke 11
Kansas 10

Team No.
Kentucky 59
North Carolina 52
Kansas 50
Duke 44

Team No.
Kentucky 182
North Carolina 179
Kansas 162
Duke 157
UCLA 150

Team No.
North Carolina 131
Kentucky 129
Duke 118
Kansas 114
UCLA 108

Team No.
Duke (118-39) .752
North Carolina (131-48) .732
UCLA (108-42) .720
Kentucky (129-53) .709 
Kansas (114-48) .704

• Hubert Davis is 5-0 as head coach in NCAA Tournament games.
• Carolina is 12-4 as a No. 8 seed.
• Carolina has advanced from the East Regional to the Final Four 16 times, including from Philadelphia in 1957, 2016 and 2022.

• Carolina is the fifth No. 8 seed to play in the national championship game. UCLA lost to Louisville in 1980, Villanova defeated Georgetown in 1985, Butler lost to UConn in 2011 and Kentucky lost to UConn in 2014.
• Carolina is a No. 8 seed for the second year in a row and the fifth time overall (1990, 2000, 2013, 2021, 2022). Eight is the lowest Carolina has ever been seeded in the NCAA Tournament.
• This is the second time UNC has reached the Final Four as an eight seed (also 2000) and the first time it advanced to the title game as an eight seed. 
• The Tar Heels are 12-4 as an eight seed, including 4-1 in the first round, 3-1 in the second round, 2-1 in the Sweet 16, 2-0 in the Elite 8 and 1-1 in the national semifinals.
• In 1990, Carolina beat No. 9 SW Missouri State and No. 1 Oklahoma in Austin before losing to No. 4 Arkansas in Dallas.
• In 2000, Carolina advanced to the Final Four, the lowest seed in its NCAA-record 20 trips to the Final Four (seeding began in 1979; UNC has reached the Final Four 13 times since the field was seeded). The Tar Heels beat Missouri, top-seed and third-ranked Stanford, Tennessee and Tulsa to advance to the Final Four, where they lost to Florida.

• Hubert Davis is the fourth UNC head coach to lead his team to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season at the helm, joining Bill Guthridge in 1998, Matt Doherty in 2001 and Roy Williams in 2004.
• Davis and Guthridge are the only coaches to win at least four games in their first NCAA Tournaments as head coach. The Tar Heels won their first four games in the 1998 NCAA Tournament, defeating Michigan State and UConn in the East Regional in Greensboro to advance to the Final Four.
• Davis is the first to take the Tar Heels to the finals in his first season.
• Davis was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2012-21. He was on the bench for two national championship games, the 2017 NCAA title and an 18-7 record in NCAA Tournament games.
• As a player at UNC from 1988-92, Davis played in 12 NCAA Tournament games, including the 1991 Final Four. The Tar Heels were 10-4 in the Tournament in his four seasons, including 9-3 in the dozen games in which he played.
• Davis scored in double figures in each of his last nine NCAA Tournament games, averaging 17.7 points in those games. In 1991, he helped lead the Tar Heels to the Final Four, scoring 16 vs. Northeastern, 18 vs. Villanova and Eastern Michigan, 19 vs. Temple in the East Region final in the Meadowlands and 25 vs. Roy Williams and Kansas in the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis in the national semifinal.

• Carolina is 15-1 in New Orleans, including 6-1 in the NCAA Tournament and 5-0 in the Final Four.
• Carolina is 9-1 in the Superdome, including winning the 1982 and 1993 NCAA championships.
• In 1982, James Worthy, Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins led the Tar Heels past Houston and Georgetown to claim Dean Smith’s first NCAA title.
• Worthy scored 28 points in the title game, which UNC won, 63-62, on a jump shot by Jordan, a freshman, with 17 seconds to play.
• Eleven years later, sharp-shooting Donald Williams, George Lynch and Eric Montross gave Smith his second title by defeating Kansas and Michigan in the Final Four.
• Williams scored 25 points in both games. No other player has scored 25 or more in both the national semifinal and championship game since Williams accomplished that 29 years ago.
• In 2001, the Tar Heels came to the Superdome as a No. 2 seed and defeated Princeton before losing in the second round to Penn State.
• In addition to a 9-1 record in the Superdome, which includes three regular-season games, the Tar Heels are 6-0 in three other venues in New Orleans (2-0 in Municipal Auditorium, 2-0 in Tulane Gym and 2-0 in the Smoothie King Center).

• Armando Bacot was the Most Outstanding Player in the East Regional. 
• Caleb Love and Brady Manek were named to the All-East Regional team.

Carolina’s NCAA Regional MVPs
2022 East Armando Bacot
2017 South Luke Maye
2016 East Brice Johnson
2009 South Ty Lawson
2008 East Tyler Hansbrough
2005 East Sean May
2000 South Joseph Forte
1998 East Antawn Jamison
1997 East Shammond Williams
1995 Southeast Jerry Stackhouse
1993 East George Lynch
1991 East Rick Fox
1982 East James Worthy
1981 West Sam Perkins
1977 East John Kuester
1972 East Dennis Wuycik
1969 East Charlie Scott
1968 East Rusty Clark
1967 East Bobby Lewis
1957 East Lennie Rosenbluth 

• In addition to winning the John McLendon Award as the 2021-22 National Coach of the Year, Hubert Davis was a finalist for four other Coach of the Year awards.
• Davis was a finalist for the Jim Phelan Award for National Coach of the Year, the Skip Prosser Award for Man of the Year, the Ben Jobe Award for Division I Minority Coach of the Year and the Joe B. Hall Award for the top first-year head coach.

• Junior forward/center Armando Bacot was the leading vote-getter on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team and senior forward Leaky Black was selected to the league’s All-Defensive team. 
• USA Today named Bacot a third-team All-America, one of two ACC players on the paper’s first three teams.
• Bacot is a finalist for the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award.
• Bacot is the 52nd Tar Heel to win first-team All-ACC honors a total of 79 times, both of which are the most in ACC history.
• Black is the eighth Tar Heel to make the ACC’s All-Defensive team and the first since Brice Johnson in 2016.  
• Bacot was second in the voting for ACC Player of the Year. Black received the third-highest vote total for the All-Defensive team and third-most votes for Defensive Player of the Year.
• Caleb Love and Brady Manek were honorable mention All-ACC.
• Bacot was named to the All-ACC Tournament second team for his play against Virginia and Virginia Tech. He had 10 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and three steals against the Cavaliers in the quarterfinal and 19 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Hokies in the semifinal.

• Armando Bacot leads Carolina in scoring (16.3), rebounding (13.1), field goal percentage (.579) and blocks (64). He also led UNC in those categories last season. No Tar Heel has ever led in those four categories in consecutive seasons and no other Tar Heel has ever reached all four of those numbers in one season.
• Bacot has set UNC single-season records for double-doubles (30) and games with 10 or more rebounds (31).
• His 11-point/21-rebound performance in the national semifinal final vs. Duke was his 30th double-double, which broke Tim Duncan’s previous single-season ACC record set in 1996-97.
• Bacot has tied the second-most double-doubles in a season in NCAA history with 30. Navy’s David Robinson had 31 in 1985-86. West Virginia’s Jerry West (1960), Wichita State’s Xavier McDaniel (1985), Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin (2009) and LaSalle’s Tom Gola (1954 and 1955) also had 30.
• Bacot became the first Tar Heel ever with two NCAA Tournament games with 20 or more rebounds. He had 22 against Saint Peter’s in the regional final. Tyler Zeller is the only other Tar Heel with at least 20 in an NCAA Tourney game (had 22 against Ohio in 2012).
• Bacot has set the UNC single-season rebound record with 496, 80 more than the previous record (416 by Brice Johnson in 2015-16).
• Bacot has scored 20 or more points 11 times this season. He has also blocked five or more shots four times and shot 60 percent or better from the floor 20 times. 
• Duncan is the only ACC player ever to have higher scoring and rebounding averages and a higher field goal percentage in the same season (1996-97) than Bacot’s current numbers.
• Bacot leads the country in double-doubles, is second in offensive rebounding and third in rebounding.

30 Armando Bacot
28 Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
27 Fardaws Aimaq, Utah State
23 Johni Broome, Morehead State
21 Chuba Ohams, Fordham

OFFENSIVE REBOUNDING 5.3 Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
4.1 Armando Bacot
4.0 Chuba Ohams, Fordham
3.9 Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton
3.8 Sukhmail Mathon, Boston University

15.1 Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
13.6 Fardaws Aimaq, Utah State
13.1 Armando Bacot
12.2 Norcahd Omier, Arkansas State
11.6 Chuba Ohams, Fordham

• Armando Bacot has set the Tar Heel single-season school record for most rebounds with 496. He has shattered the mark set by Brice Johnson with 416 in 2015-16.
• Bacot has 80 more rebounds than any other Tar Heel ever had in a season. By comparison, the difference between Johnson, who is now second, and Tyler Zeller and George Lynch, who are tied for the 11th-most in a season, is 51 rebounds.

496 Armando Bacot, 2021-22
416 Brice Johnson, 2015-16 (1st-team All-America)
399 Tyler Hansbrough, 2007-08 (NPOY)
397 Sean May, 2004-05 (NPOY)
389 Antawn Jamison, 1997-98 (NPOY)

• Bacot has the fourth-most rebounds in a season in ACC history and most by an ACC player since 1956.

581 Ronnie Shavlik, NC State, 1954-55
545 Ronnie Shavlik, NC State, 1955-56
515 Dickie Hemric, Wake Forest, 1954-55
496 Armando Bacot, 2021-22

• Bacot has 10 or more rebounds 31 times this season, a UNC single-season record. Johnson set the previous record with 23 double-figure games in 2015-16, a season in which he earned first-team All-America honors and led UNC to the national championship game.

Most games double-figure REBOUNDS — UNC season
31 Armando Bacot, 2021-22 (in 38 games)
23 Brice Johnson, 2015-16 (in 40 games)
22 Billy Cunningham, 1963-64
21 John Henson, 2011-12
21 John Henson, 2010-11
21 Antawn Jamison, 1997-98
21 Billy Cunningham, 1962-63

• Bacot’s 13.1 rebounds per game are on pace for the fifth-highest average by a Tar Heel and the highest since Billy Cunningham averaged 14.3 in 1964-65. They are the most by an ACC player since Tim Duncan averaged 14.7 in all games in 1996-97.

Highest rebounding average – UNC season
16.1 Billy Cunningham, 1962-63
15.8 Billy Cunningham, 1963-64 
14.3 Billy Cunningham, 1964-65
14.0 Doug Moe, 1960-61
13.1Armando Bacot, 2021-22

• Bacot averaged 14.1 rebounds in the 20 regular-season ACC games. That was the highest average in league play since Duncan averaged 14.9 in 16 games in 1996-97. 
• Bacot’s 14.1 rebounds in ACC games were the fourth highest average ever by a Tar Heel. Billy Cunningham averaged 16.6 in 1962-63, 16.0 in 1963-64 and 14.4 in 1964-65.
• Bacot has 986 career rebounds, 10th most in UNC history. Only two Tar Heels – Billy Cunningham and Antawn Jamison – ever had 1,000 rebounds in just three seasons.

  7. 1027 Antawn Jamison, 1995-98
  8. 1006 Mitch Kupchak, 1972-76
  9. 1003 Brad Daugherty, 1982-86
10986 Armando Bacot, 2019-
11. 942 Luke Maye, 2015-19

• Bacot has tied the sixth-highest career rebounding average by a Tar Heel at 10.0 per game, the highest career average since Sean May, who also averaged 10.0 from 2002-05.

Highest rebounding average  — UNC career
15.4 Billy Cunningham, 1962-65  
10.6 Doug Moe, 1958-61
10.5 Pete Brennan, 1955-58
10.4 Lennie Rosenbluth, 1954-57
10.3 Rusty Clark, 1966-69
10.0 Armando Bacot, 2019-
10.0 Sean May, 2002-05
10.0 Bud Maddie, 1953-54
  9.9 Antawn Jamison, 1995-98
  9.2 Larry Miller, 1965-68

• Bacot had a streak of 13 straight games with double-digit rebounds from December 14 through February 1. That was the third-longest streak of games with 10 or more rebounds in UNC history.
• He currently has a streak of 10 or more rebounds in each of the last seven games, all in the postseason.

Consecutive games/10 OR MORE REBOUNDS
41 Billy Cunningham, 1962-64 
15 John Henson, 2010-11
13 Armando Bacot, 2021-22 (12/13/21-2/1/22)
11 Doug Moe, 1959-61 
11 Doug Moe, 1960-61

• Bacot has 20 or more rebounds five times this season – 22 against Virginia on January 8, 20 against Virginia Tech on January 24, 22 at Louisville on February 1, 22 vs. Saint Peter’s and 21 vs. Duke in the national semifinals.
• Bacot is the second Tar Heel to have five 20-rebound games in a season. Cunningham had five in 1963-64.
• Bacot has equaled Tyler Hansbrough for the fourth-highest career offensive rebounding average by a Tar Heel (since offensive rebounds were recorded beginning in 1986-87).

(100 or more since 1986-87)
3.61 Antawn Jamison, 1995-98
3.47 Sean May, 2002-05
3.39 Armando Bacot (336 in 99 games)
3.39 Tyler Hansbrough, 2005-09
3.06 George Lynch, 1989-93

• Bacot’s 30 double-doubles are the all-time ACC and UNC single-season record.

30 Armando Bacot, 2021-22
29 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest, 1996-97
26 Tom Burleson, NC State, 1973-74
26 Len Chappell, Wake Forest, 1961-62
25 John Mooney, Notre Dame, 2019-20
25 Jordan Williams, Maryland, 2010-11
25 Ronnie Shavlik, NC State, 1955-56

30 Armando Bacot, 2021-22
23 Brice Johnson, 2015-16
22 Billy Cunningham, 1963-64
21 Antawn Jamison, 1997-98
20 Mitch Kupchak, 1974-75
20 Billy Cunningham, 1962-63
20 Doug Moe, 1960-61

• Bacot has 12 more double-doubles this season than he had in his first two seasons (18).
• Bacot had 10-straight double-doubles from Furman through Virginia Tech on January 22. That was the longest streak by a Tar Heel since Cunningham in 1964-65. Bacot’s 10-game streak equaled the fourth-longest by a Tar Heel.  
• Bacot has double-doubles in 78.9% of Carolina’s games this season, the fourth-highest percentage in UNC history and highest since 1964.

Career 2X-2X Games Pct.
Billy Cunningham, 1962-63 20 21 .952
Billy Cunningham, 1963-64 22 24 .917
Doug Moe, 1960-61 20 23 .870
Armando Bacot, 2021-22 30 38 .789
Billy Cunningham, 1964-65 18 24 .750

• Bacot has 48 career double-doubles. He passed Hansbrough and Sam Perkins in the Duke game.

60 Billy Cunningham, 1962-65
51 Antawn Jamison, 1995-98
48 Armando Bacot, 2019-
47 Tyler Hansbrough, 2005-09
47 Sam Perkins, 1980-84

• Bacot has 48 career double-doubles in 99 games. His double-double rate (48.5%) is the fourth highest by a Tar Heel and second highest since 1965 behind only Antawn Jamison.

Career 2X-2X Games Pct.
Billy Cunningham, 1962-65 60 69 .870
Lennie Rosenbluth, 1954-57 39 76 .513
Antawn Jamison, 1995-98 51 104 .490
Armando Bacot, 2019-active 48 99 .485
Doug Moe, 1958-61 29 60 .483
Rusty Clark, 1966-69 43 91 .473
Larry Miller, 1965-68 42 91 .462
Robert McAdoo, 1971-72 14 31 .452
Pete Brennan, 1955-58 35 81 .432
Sean May, 2002-05 33 77 .429

• Bacot has double-doubles in each of Carolina’s five NCAA Tournament games this season. He is the second Tar Heel with five double-doubles in an NCAA Tournament, joining Antawn Jamison, who accomplished that in 1997-98. Bacot is averaging 15.4 points and 16.8 rebounds in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
• Bacot has 84 rebounds in five NCAA Tournament games this season. That breaks the single-Tournament UNC record, which was 69 by Kennedy Meeks in six games in 2017.
• Bacot tied UNC’s record for rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game with 22 against Saint Peter’s and had a game-high 20 points to post the second 20/20 game by a Tar Heel in NCAA Tournament history. Tyler Zeller had also had 20 points and 22 rebounds vs. Ohio in the Sweet 16 in 2012.
• He is the only Tar Heel with two NCAA Tournament games with 20 or more rebounds.
• Bacot became the 79th player to score 1,000 points as a Tar Heel. UNC has more 1,000-point scorers than any other school in NCAA history (Louisville is second with 69). 
• Bacot became the first Tar Heel to score 1,000 points in three seasons since Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson, who both hit the 1,000-point mark as juniors in 2017.
• Bacot has 1,285 points. He passed Garrison Brooks for 50th place in UNC history.

Scoring – UNC CAREER
46. 1,296 Kevin Madden, 1985-90
47. 1,293 George Karl, 1970-73
48. 1,290 Joseph Forte, 1999-2001
49. 1,287 York Larese, 1958-61
50. 1,285 Armando Bacot
51. 1,276 Garrison Brooks, 2017-21

• Brady Manek, a 6-9 power forward with exceptional range, has scored 20 or more points in five of the last nine games, including his two highest scoring games as a Tar Heel with 28 against Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and 26 in round two against Baylor.
• Manek is the winner of the Riley Wallace Awards as the transfer with the most impact in college basketball.
• Manek’s 100 points tie the most in the Tournament (with Caleb Love), and his 3.8 three-pointers per game are the most of any player who has played multiple games in this year’s NCAA Tournament. His 19 three-pointers are the most by any player in the 2022 Tournament.
• Manek has scored 20 or more 10 times as a Tar Heel and has scored in double figures 105 times in five seasons of college basketball.
• Manek leads UNC with 95 threes and in three-point percentage at a career-best 40.1% (previous was 38.3% as a freshman at OU).
• In fact, Manek has established career highs in his one season as a Tar Heel in games (38), scoring average (15.2), points (576), field goals (215), three-pointers (95), three-point percentage (.401), offensive rebounds (53), rebounds (224) and assists (70).
• He scored his 2,000th career point on a key three-pointer late in the game vs. UCLA and has made 330 threes in his career.
• Manek’s 95 threes tie the third most in a season by a Tar Heel.
• The Harrah, Okla., native made five 3FGs against Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, his 15th career game with five or more.
• On March 10, he out-scored Virginia, 19-13, in the first half of Carolina’s 63-43 win in the ACC quarterfinals.
• He earned ACC Player of the Week honors in the final week of the regular season, scoring 22 points in an overtime win against Syracuse and 20 in the win at Duke.
• Manek has made at least one three-pointer in 131 of 160 games and multiple threes 87 times (at least one in 35 of 38 games as a Tar Heel with two or more 24 times).
• Manek is averaging 2.5 threes per game this season, the second-most by a Tar Heel who measured 6-9 or taller behind only current Phoenix Sun Cameron Johnson, who averaged 2.67 threes in earning first-team All-ACC honors in 2018-19.

• Brady Manek made five threes, scored a season-high 28 points and had 11 rebounds vs. Marquette. It was the second time Manek had double-figure rebounds and five threes in a game this season (also at Duke). He is one of four Tar Heels ever to accomplish that with Cole Anthony, Reggie Bullock (twice) and Joseph Forte.
• The Marquette game was the sixth time this season Manek made at least five threes in a game. Coby White (2018-19), Justin Jackson (2016-17) and Donald Williams (1992-93) also made five or more six times. No Tar Heel has made five or more seven times in a season.

• Brady Manek scored 28 points against Marquette and 26 vs. Baylor in Carolina’s first- and second-round wins in Fort Worth.
• He became the fifth Tar Heel to score at least 26 points in consecutive NCAA Tournament games.
• Rosenbluth, Ford and Jordan each won National Player-of-the-Year honors and Reid was a three-time All-NCAA Tournament selection and consensus All-America.

Brady Manek, 2022 
(28 vs. Marquette, 26 vs. Baylor)
J.R. Reid, 1987
(27 vs. Michigan, 31 vs. Notre Dame)
Michael Jordan, 1983-84
(26 vs. Syracuse, 1983; 27 vs. Temple, 1984)
Phil Ford, 1977
(27 vs. Purdue, 29 vs. Notre Dame)
Lennie Rosenbluth, 1957
(29 vs. Yale, 39 vs. Canisius)

• Carolina has three players with 50 or more threes this season for the just the fourth time in history.
• Brady Manek leads with 95, Caleb Love has 92 and RJ Davis 66.
• Carolina also had three players make 50 or more threes in 2017-18 (Joel Berry II, Kenny Williams and Luke Maye), 2008-09 (Wayne Ellington, Danny Green and Ty Lawson) and 2002-03 (Rashad McCants, Raymond Felton and Melvin Scott).
• This is the first time two Tar Heels made 90 or more threes in a season.
• Manek and Love have combined for 187 threes, the second-most threes by a pair of Tar Heels in a season.

105 Justin Jackson, 2016-17
96 Cameron Johnson, 2018-19
95 Brady Manek, 2021-22
95 Shammond Williams, 1996-97
94 Marcus Paige, 2014-15
93 Joel Berry II, 2017-18
92 Caleb Love, 2021-22
89 P.J. Hairston, 2012-13
88 Joel Berry II, 2016-17
88 Reggie Bullock, 2012-13

193 Justin Jackson (105), Joel Berry II (88), 2016-17
187 Manek (95) and Love (92)
178 Cameron Johnson (96), Coby White (82), 2018-19
177 P.J. Hairston (89), Reggie Bullock (88), 2012-13
165 Joel Berry II (93), Kenny Williams (72), 2017-18

• Sophomores RJ Davis and Caleb Love have started every game together in the backcourt this season except Senior Night, and are both averaging more than 33 minutes per game.
• Davis and Love have combined for 29.5 points and 7.3 assists per game. A year ago as freshmen, they combined for 18.9 points and 5.5 assists.
• They have combined for 158 three-pointers and 277 assists.
• Love made a career-high six three-pointers against Florida State, Marquette and UCLA.
• Davis hit a career-high six three-pointers in November in a 26-point outing against Brown, hit five vs. Syracuse ands made five (four in the first half) vs. top-seed Baylor.
• They became the first pair of Tar Heels ever to score 30 points (both career bests) in consecutive NCAA Tournament games – Davis had 30 against Baylor and Love scored 30 vs. UCLA.
• Love scored 27 points in the second half in the Sweet 16 win over the Bruins and 22 in the second half to knock out Duke in the national semifinals.

• Sophomore guard RJ Davis became the first Tar Heel ever to have double-digit assists in one NCAA Tournament game followed by a 30-point performance in the next.
• The White Plains, N.Y., native, who has handled more of the point guard duties as the season has developed, dished out a career-best 12 assists vs. Marquette and scored a career-high 30 in eliminating Baylor in the second round.
• Two other Tar Heels (Joel Berry II in the 2016 and Kenny Smith twice in 1987) had consecutive NCAA games with 10 or more assists followed by at least 20 points, but no one had ever done 10 assists/30 points back-to-back.
• Davis became the 13th Tar Heel to score 30 points in an NCAA Tournament game and the first since Tyler Zeller had 32 against Long Island in 2011.
• His 12 assists vs. Marquette equal the second most by a Tar Heel in NCAA play.\

Assists in ncaa tournament game – UNC
14 Kendall Marshall vs. Washington, 2011 East 2nd
12 RJ Davis vs. Marquette, 2022 East 1st
12 Kenny Smith vs. Notre Dame, 1987 East Semifinal

• Leaky Black is one of four Tar Heels to amass 600 career points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks.
• The only other Tar Heels to hit each mark are George Lynch, David Noel and Danny Green.
• Black was third in voting for ACC Defensive Player of the Year and earned his first award for the league’s All-Defensive team.
• He is a finalist for the Lefty Driesell Award as the top defender in the country.
• The Concord, N.C., native is shooting career-best percentages from the floor (.465) and the free throw line (.868).
• Black has 21 assists in the five NCAA Tournament games (4.2 per game). He dished out a season-high eight assists against Marquette, six vs. Baylor and five in the regional final vs. Saint Peter’s. 
• Carolina is 17-1 this season when the senior has three or more assists and 15-2 in his career when he has five or more.

• The Tar Heels lead the ACC in free throw shooting at 76.3%, their second-best percentage ever (78.3% in 1983-84). 
• Last season, UNC shot 66.8%.
• Carolina has led the ACC in free throw percentage eight times but not since 1987-88. Current assistant coach Jeff Lebo shot 87.8% as a junior and senior Ranzino Smith shot 89.7% that season. 
• Carolina has made 80% or better from the free throw line 17 times this season. UNC shot 80% or better in the final five regular-season ACC games, the first time ever the Tar Heels shot 80% in five consecutive games.
• Carolina has made 26 more free throws than the opponents have attempted.

.783 in 1983-84 (551 of 704)
.763 in 2021-22 (540 of 708)
.761 in 1984-85 (569 of 748)
.758 in 1959-60 (542 of 715)
.757 in 2007-08 (738 of 975)

• Senior forward Leaky Black (.868) and sophomore guards Caleb Love (.861) and RJ Davis (.826) lead UNC at the stripe this season.  
• Love went 12 for 12 from the free throw line at Duke (which tied the third-best performance at the line by a Duke opponent in Cameron Indoor Stadium history). 
• Love has the fifth-highest career free throw percentage by a Tar Heel at 84.3%. 
.848 Shammond Williams, 1994-98
.847 Marvin Williams, 2004-05
.845 Danny Green, 2005-09
.844 Marcus Paige, 2012-16
.843 Caleb Love, 2020- (193 of 229)

• Caleb Love made 40 consecutive free throws, the second-longest streak in UNC history, until missing his fifth and final attempt of the game vs. Virginia in the ACC quarterfinal.
• His streak ended one shy of tying Jeff Lebo‘s record, which Lebo set as a senior in 1989.
• Love’s streak began against Pitt on February 16, when he made his final three of that game.
• Love made his first four against UVA to pass Bobby Lewis (39 in a row in 1966) for the second-longest streak in UNC history.
• Marcus Paige had made 31 straight in 2013-14, the most recent instance when a Tar Heel made at least 30 in a row.

• This is the first time UNC ever had four players score 500 or more points in a season. Armando Bacot (620), Caleb Love (608), Brady Manek (576) and RJ Davis (512) have 500 or more points. 
• Bacot ahd Love have scored 600 plus. The last time two players scored 600 in a season was 2017-18 (Luke Maye scored 625 and Joel Berry II had 617).
• Five Tar Heels have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Caleb Love leads with 13 20-point games, Armando Bacot has 11, Brady Manek 10, RJ Davis five and Dawson Garcia three.
• Tar Heels have scored 20 or more points 42 times in 38 games, including eight games in which two players scored 20 or more (Loyola, Brown, Charleston, Elon, home vs. Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Marquette, Baylor) and the March 5 win at Duke, when the Tar Heels set a school record when four players scored 20 or more. 
• Last season, UNC had only seven 20-point performances in 29 games. UNC did not have any games last season when two players scored 20 or more points.
• Carolina is 15-0 over two seasons when Love scores 20 or more (13-0 this season).
• Carolina is 21-0 this season when leading at the half.
• Carolina is 15-1 when scoring 80 or more points.
• Carolina’s 55 second-half points and 94 total points at Duke on March 5 were the most scored against the Blue Devils this season.
• Carolina’s 93 points were the most scored against Baylor this season.

• Carolina has made a school-record 323 three-pointers this season, breaking the previous high of 312 in 2018-19.

323 2021-22
312 2018-19
305 2017-18
290 2002-03
283 2016-17

• Carolina made a season-high 15 three-pointers at home against NC State and is averaging 8.5 per game, on pace for the second-highest average in UNC history.
• The Tar Heel made 13 against Marquette, most by Carolina in an NCAA Tournament game. Carolina made 11 vs. Baylor and 10 vs. UCLA. Those were the first instances in which UNC ever made 10 or more threes in even two consecutive games in one NCAA Tournament.
• Carolina is making 0.7 more threes per game than its opponents. This is the first time the Tar Heels are on pace to make more three-pointers than their opponents since 2012-13 and just the sixth time ever (1982-83, 1986-87, 2002-03, 2005-06 and 2012-13).

Three-Pointers Per Game – UNC SEASON
2018-19 8.67
2021-22 8.50
2002-03 8.29
1982-83 (experimental distance) 8.25
2017-18 8.24

• The Tar Heels lead the ACC and are sixth in the country in rebound margin at plus 8.2 per game. UNC also leads the ACC and is sixth nationally in rebounds per game (40.9).
• Carolina is averaging 47.8 rebounds per game in the 2022 NCAA Tournament and has a rebound margin of 11.6 through the first five rounds.
• Carolina had a season-high 52 rebounds vs. Marquette and out-rebounded the Golden Eagles by 15.
• The Tar Heels have averaged 40 or more rebounds for the past seven seasons. 
• Carolina has led the ACC in rebound margin in each of the previous six seasons and in 13 of 18 seasons under Roy Williams.
• UNC has won the battle of the boards 35 times in 38 games this season. The Tar Heels are 29-6 when out-rebounding their opponents and 0-3 when getting out-rebounded (Tennessee, Kentucky and Duke in Chapel Hill).
• Carolina allows the second-lowest offensive rebounding percentage in the country by its opponents, who rebound only 21.6% of their missed shots. 

• The Tar Heels are 17-1 this season when scoring more points off turnovers and 11-8 when the opponents score more points off turnovers. 
• Carolina has turned the ball over 12.2 times per game in its nine losses, which led to 178 points, an average of 19.8 points per game.
• Carolina is 23-0 this season when the opponents shoot at or under 45% from the floor.
• The opponents shot 50% or better from the floor four times in the first 11 games this season and three times since (in UNC losses to Wake Forest, Duke and Pittsburgh).
• Over the last 12 games (since the home loss to Pittsburgh on February 16) the Tar Heels have held the opponents to 40.3% from the floor.
• Carolina has won eight times this season when it allowed fewer than 60 points (53 by UNC Asheville, 51 by Michigan, 50 by App State, 58 by Virginia, 47 by Boston College, 57 by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, 43 by Virginia in Brooklyn and 49 by Saint Peter’s).
• The 49 points by Saint Peter’s were the fewest by a Tar Heel opponent in 28 NCAA regional finals.
• The Tar Heels have held the opponents to 65 or fewer points in 14 of their 29 wins. 
• Carolina is 10-0 this season when shooting at least 50% (under Roy Williams UNC was 220-9 when shooting 50% from the floor).
• Carolina is holding its opponents to 66.6 points in its 29 victories. The opponents are averaging 86.2 points in UNC’s nine losses.
• The Tar Heels are minus 7 in assist-turnovers (103 assists/110 turnovers) in their nine losses, while the opponents are plus 73 (157 A/84 TO).

• Hubert Davis is the fourth to win 25 or more games in his first season as Carolina’s head coach. Davis is a Tar Heel alum, and so are each of his assistant coaches and members of the basketball staff.
• Assistant coaches Brad Frederick (1996-99), Jeff Lebo (1985-89) and Sean May (2002-05), Director of Recruiting Pat Sullivan (1990-93, 1994-95) and Director of Team and Player Development Jackie Manuel (2001-05) all played for the Tar Heels. Director of Operations Eric Hoots has been on staff for 18 seasons.
• Frederick played on Final Four teams that won ACC championships in 1997 and 1998.
• Lebo is a 20-year head coaching veteran who set 10 UNC records in his playing career.
• May was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA Final Four, scoring 26 points in the national championship game vs. Illinois.
• Manuel was twice named Carolina’s defensive player of the year and was a starter on the 2005 NCAA champions.
• Sullivan was a key contributor on the 1993 national champions and is one of seven Tar Heels who have played in three Final Fours.
• Davis, Lebo, May and Frederick combined to score 4,441 points as Tar Heels. Syracuse is the only school whose coaches scored more points at their alma mater than UNC (Gerry McNamara, Adrian Autry, Allen Griffin and Jim Boeheim scored 5,189 for the Orange).


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