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UNC's Sweet Sixteen History

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Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

UNC Sweet Sixteen Results Since Seeding Began(1979)

1981: #2 UNC 61 #3 Utah 56
1982: #1 UNC 74 #4 Alabama 69
1983: #2 UNC 63 #3 Ohio State 54
1984: #4 Indiana 72 #1 UNC 68
1985: #2 UNC 62 #11 Auburn 56
1986: #2 Louisville 94 #3 UNC 79
1987: #1 UNC 74 #5 Notre Dame 68
1988: #2 UNC 78 #3 Michigan 69
1989: #2 Michigan 92 #3 UNC 87
1990: #4 Arkansas 96 #8 UNC 73
1991: #1 UNC 93 #12 Eastern Michigan 67
1992: #1 Ohio State 80 #4 UNC 73
1993: #1 UNC 80 #4 Arkansas 74
1995: #2 UNC 74 #6 Georgetown 64
1997: #1 UNC 63 #5 California 57
1998: #1 UNC 73 #4 Michigan St. 58
2000: #8 UNC 74 #4 Tennessee 69
2005: #1 UNC 67 #5 Villanova 66
2007: #1 UNC 74 #5 USC 64
2008: #1 UNC 68 #4 Washington St. 47

All Time Record In Sweet Sixteen(Since 1979): 15-5
Win Streak: 8 straight(1993-2008)
UNC Points Per Game: 72.9
Opponent's Points Per Game: 68.6
Average Margin of Victory: 9.3
Average Margin of Defeat: -10.8
UNC High Game: 93 vs Eastern Michigan, 1991
Opponent High Game: 96, Louisville, 1986
UNC Low Game: 61 vs Utah, 1981
Opponent Low Game: 47, Washington St., 2008
Closest Win: 1 point vs Villanova, 2005
Largest Win: 26 points vs Eastern Michigan

Record by UNC's Seed 1979-Present

#1: 9-1
#2: 5-0
#3: 0-2
#4: 0-1
#8: 1-1

Record by Opponent's Seed 1979-Present

#1: 0-1
#2: 0-2
#3: 3-0
#4: 5-2
#5: 4-0
#6: 1-0
#11: 1-0
#12: 1-0

UNC Record by Coach

Dean Smith: 10-5
Bill Guthridge: 2-0
Roy Williams: 3-0

UNC Record by Region Assigned:

East: 10-1
South(east): 3-2
Midwest: 0-1
West: 2-1

  • UNC is very good in the Sweet Sixteen but hardly ever dominates an opponent.  The win over Washington State in 2008 marked only the 2nd time UNC collected a win of 20 points or more and just fourth double digit win in the Sweet Sixteen.
  • The Heels have won eight straight Sweet Sixteen games.
  • As either a #1 or #2 seed UNC is 14-1 overall including a 9-1 mark as a #1 seed. Versus #4 seeds the Heels are 5-2 which includes the loss to Indiana in 1984 and Arkansas in 1990 when the Heels were a #8 seed. As a #1 seed UNC is 4-0 versus the #4 seed.
  • On average UNC either wins by nine or loses by 10.