2014–15 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

The 2014–15 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Roy Williams, who was in his 12th season as UNC's head men's basketball coach. They played their home games at the Dean Smith Center as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 26–12, 11–7 in ACC play to finish in fifth place. They advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament where they lost to Notre Dame. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Harvard in the second round and Arkansas in the third round before losing in the Sweet Sixteen to eventual runner-up Wisconsin.

2014–15 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 15
2014–15 record26–12 (11–7 ACC)
Head coachRoy Williams (12th season)
Assistant coachSteve Robinson (12th season)
Assistant coachC. B. McGrath (12th season)
Assistant coachHubert Davis (3rd season)
Home arenaDean E. Smith Center
Seasons
2014–15 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Virginia 16 2   .889     30 4   .882
#4 Duke 15 3   .833     35 4   .897
#8 Notre Dame 14 4   .778     32 6   .842
#15 North Carolina 11 7   .611     26 12   .684
Miami (FL) 10 8   .556     25 13   .658
NC State 10 8   .556     22 14   .611
Syracuse 9 9   .500     18 13   .581
Clemson 8 10   .444     16 15   .516
Florida State 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Pittsburgh 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Wake Forest 5 13   .278     13 19   .406
Boston College 4 14   .222     13 19   .406
Georgia Tech 3 15   .167     12 19   .387
Virginia Tech 2 16   .111     11 22   .333
#17 Louisville* 0 6   .000     0 8   .000
ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
*Lousiville: 24 reg. season games, 4 postseason games vacated due to sanctions against the program; Disputed Record-(27-9)(12-6)

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Tar Heels finished the season 24–10, 13–5 in ACC play to finish in a tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament to Pittsburgh. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Providence in the second round before losing in the third round to Iowa State.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
P.J. Hairston 15 G 6'6 220 Junior Greensboro, NC Dismissed from the team. Declared to NBA draft
James Michael McAdoo 43 F 6'9 230 Junior Norfolk, VA Declared to NBA draft
James Manor 30 F 6'6 220 Senior Carrboro, NC Graduated
Denzel Robinson 34 F 6'4 220 Senior Chapel Hill, NC Graduated
Wade Moody 55 G 6'0 175 Senior Mount Airy, NC Graduated
Leslie McDonald 2 G 6'5 215 Senior Memphis, TN Graduated

Pre-seasonEdit

The Tar Heels entered the 2014–15 season lost two starters from the previous season as James Michael McAdoo and P. J. Hairston declared for the 2014 NBA draft. However, rising juniors and potential draft picks Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks decided to return to Chapel Hill and UNC brought in a strong recruiting class including McDonald's All-Americans Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry.

Class of 2014 signeesEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Joel Berry II
PG
Apopka, FL Lake Highland Prep 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jan 21, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Justin Jackson
SF
Tomball, TX Homeschool Christian Youth 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Mar 4, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Theo Pinson
SF
Greensboro, NC Wesleyan Christian Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 22, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • 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:

  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28.

RosterEdit

2014–15 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Nate Britt 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Oak Hill Academy Upper Marlboro, Maryland
G/F 1 Theo Pinson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Wesleyan Christian Academy Greensboro, North Carolina
G 2 Joel Berry II 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Lake Highland Prep Apopka, Florida
F 3 Kennedy Meeks 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 270 lb (122 kg) So West Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina
G 4 Luke Davis 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 178 lb (81 kg) RS Sr Ravenscroft School Raleigh, North Carolina
G 5 Marcus Paige 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Linn-Mar Marion, Iowa
F 11 Brice Johnson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Jr Edisto Orangeburg, South Carolina
F 13 J. P. Tokoto 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Menomonee Falls Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
F 14 Desmond Hubert 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr New Egypt Cream Ridge, New Jersey
F 21 Jackson Simmons 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Smoky Mountain Webster, North Carolina
F 22 Isaiah Hicks 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So J.F. Webb Oxford, North Carolina
F 24 Sasha Seymore (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr New Bern New Bern, North Carolina
G 25 Justin Coleman (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Broughton Raleigh, North Carolina
F 42 Joel James 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Jr Dwyer West Palm Beach, Florida
G 43 Spenser Dalton (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Christ School Asheville, North Carolina
G/F 44 Justin Jackson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Fr Homeschool Christian Youth Ass. Tomball, Texas
G 45 Stilman White 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS So Hoggard Wilmington, North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Oct 24*
7:30 pm
No. 6 Fayetteville State W 101–58 
 18  Jackson   13  Johnson   8  Tokoto  Dean Smith Center (9,171)
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 7*
7:30 pm
No. 6 Belmont Abbey W 112–34 
 16  Jackson   5  Tied   6  Tokoto  Dean Smith Center (11,441)
Chapel Hill, NC
Non-conference regular season
Nov 14*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 6 North Carolina Central W 76–60  1–0
 12  Johnson   9  Meeks   4  Tied  Dean Smith Center (17,338)
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 16*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 6 Robert Morris
Battle 4 Atlantis Opening Round
W 103–59  2–0
 23  Johnson   12  Meeks   10  Tokoto  Dean Smith Center (13,579)
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 22*
2:00 pm
No. 6 vs. Davidson W 90–72  3–0
 19  Meeks   12  Meeks   4  Tokoto  Time Warner Cable Arena (11,113)
Charlotte, NC
Nov 26*
12:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 vs. Butler
Battle 4 Atlantis Quarterfinals
L 66–74  3–1
 18  Paige   9  Meeks   4  Tokoto  Imperial Arena (3,136)
Nassau, BAH
Nov 27*
7:00 pm, AXS TV
No. 5 vs. No. 22 UCLA
Battle 4 Atlantis consolation 2nd round
W 78–56  4–1
 21  Paige   7  Pinson   5  Paige  Imperial Arena (2,940)
Nassau, BAH
Nov 28*
8:00 pm, AXS TV
No. 5 vs. No. 18 Florida
Battle 4 Atlantis 5th place game
W 75–64  5–1
 18  Meeks   13  Meeks   4  Tied  Imperial Arena (3,298)
Nassau, BAH
Dec 3*
7:30 pm, ESPN
No. 12 Iowa
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 55–60  5–2
 15  Meeks   12  Meeks   3  Tokoto  Dean Smith Center (18,040)
Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 7*
2:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 12 East Carolina W 108–64  6–2
 19  Tied   17  Johnson   8  Tokoto  Dean Smith Center (18,741)
Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 13*
12:00 pm, CBS
No. 21 at No. 1 Kentucky
Rivalry
L 70–84  6–3
 15  Johnson   6  Tokoto   6  Paige  Rupp Arena (24,406)
Lexington, KY
Dec 16*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 24 at UNC Greensboro W 79–56  7–3
 18  Meeks   7  Paige   4  Pinson  Greensboro Coliseum (11,108)
Greensboro, NC
Dec 20*
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 24 vs. No. 12 Ohio State
CBS Sports Classic
W 82–74  8–3
 18  Johnson   13  Meeks   5  Tied  United Center (19,726)
Chicago, IL
Dec 27*
7:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 20 UAB W 89–58  9–3
 16  Paige   19  Meeks   4  Tied  Dean Smith Center (19,124)
Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 30*
7:00 pm, RSN
No. 19 William & Mary W 86–64  10–3
 19  Tokoto   10  Tokoto   6  Paige  Dean Smith Center (20,053)
Chapel Hill, NC
ACC regular season
Jan 3
8:15 pm, ESPN
No. 19 at Clemson W 74–50  11–3
(1–0)
 13  Jackson   12  Meeks   7  Tokoto  Littlejohn Coliseum (8,404)
Clemson, SC
Jan 5
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 18 No. 13 Notre Dame L 70–71  11–4
(1–1)
 15  Paige   8  Pinson   2  Tied  Dean Smith Center (20,604)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 10
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 18 No. 5 Louisville W 72–71  12–4
(2–1)
 13  Meeks   11  Johnson   5  Tokoto  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 14
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 15 at NC State
Carolina–State Game
W 81–79  13–4
(3–1)
 23  Paige   10  Meeks   9  Paige  PNC Arena (19,500)
Raleigh, NC
Jan 18
6:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 15 Virginia Tech W 68–53  14–4
(4–1)
 16  Jackson   11  Johnson   4  Tied  Dean Smith Center (19,745)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 21
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 15 at Wake Forest W 87–71  15–4
(5–1)
 19  Johnson   8  Meeks   8  Paige  LJVM Coliseum (13,877)
Winston-Salem, NC
Jan 24
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 15 Florida State W 78–74  16–4
(6–1)
 19  Paige   14  Johnson   3  Tied  Dean Smith Center (20,512)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 26
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 13 Syracuse W 93–83  17–4
(7–1)
 22  Paige   11  Johnson   8  Paige  Dean Smith Center (19,856)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 31
4:00 pm, ESPN
No. 13 at No. 10 Louisville L 68–78 OT 17–5
(7–2)
 15  Paige   11  Tokoto   4  Paige  KFC Yum! Center (22,418)
Louisville, KY
Feb 2
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 12 No. 3 Virginia L 64–75  17–6
(7–3)
 15  Paige   8  Johnson   4  Paige  Dean Smith Center (20,102)
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 7
3:00 pm, ACCN/ESPN3
No. 12 at Boston College W 79–68  18–6
(8–3)
 21  Hicks   10  Johnson   5  Tokoto  Conte Forum (8,263)
Chestnut Hill, MA
Feb 14
12:00 pm, ACCN/ESPN3
No. 12 at Pittsburgh L 76–89  18–7
(8–4)
 19  Johnson   7  Tokoto   6  Tied  Peterson Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 18
9:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
No. 15 at No. 4 Duke
Rivalry
L 90–92 OT 18–8
(8–5)
 18  Tied   12  Johnson   7  Tokoto  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Feb 21
12:00 pm, ACCN
No. 15 Georgia Tech W 89–60  19–8
(9–5)
 18  Meeks   6  Tied   10  Paige  Dean Smith Center (20,779)
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 24
8:00 pm, ACCN
No. 15 NC State
Carolina–State Game
L 46–58  19–9
(9–6)
 16  Jackson   14  Meeks   2  Tokoto  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 28
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 15 at Miami (FL) W 73–64  20–9
(10–6)
 22  Johnson   11  Johnson   6  Tokoto  BankUnited Center (7,972)
Coral Gables, FL
Mar 3
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 19 at Georgia Tech W 81–49  21–9
(11–6)
 15  Berry II   9  Johnson   4  Paige  Hank McCamish Pavilion (6,913)
Atlanta, GA
Mar 7
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 19 No. 3 Duke
Rivalry
L 77–84  21–10
(11–7)
 23  Paige   9  Meeks   5  Tied  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
ACC Tournament
Mar 11
2:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
No. 19 vs. Boston College
Second Round
W 79–68  22–10
 21  Hicks   10  Johnson   5  Tokoto  Greensboro Coliseum (22,026)
Greensboro, NC
Mar 12
2:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
No. 19 vs. No. 16 Louisville
Quarterfinals
W 70–60  23–10
 22  Johnson   7  Johnson   5  Paige  Greensboro Coliseum (22,026)
Greensboro, NC
Mar 13
7:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
No. 19 vs. No. 3 Virginia
Semifinals
W 71–67  24–10
 22  Jackson   9  Meeks   5  Tied  Greensboro Coliseum (22,026)
Greensboro, NC
Mar 14
8:30 pm, ESPN/ACCN
No. 19 vs. No. 11 Notre Dame
Championship game
L 82–90  24–11
 24  Paige   6  Tokoto   7  Tokoto  Greensboro Coliseum (22,026)
Greensboro, NC
NCAA Tournament
Mar 19*
7:20 pm, TNT
(4 W) No. 15 vs. (13 W) Harvard
Second round
W 67–65  25–11
 14  Jackson   8  Meeks   6  Paige  Veterans Memorial Arena (12,761)
Jacksonville, FL
Mar 21*
8:40 pm, TNT
(4 W) No. 15 vs. (5 W) No. 21 Arkansas
Third round
W 87–78  26–11
 22  Paige   13  Johnson   8  Tokoto  Veterans Memorial Arena (13,687)
Jacksonville, FL
Mar 26*
7:47 pm, TBS
(4 W) No. 15 vs. (1 W) No. 3 Wisconsin
Sweet Sixteen
L 72–79  26–12
 15  Tied   6  Hicks   3  Tied  Staples Center (18,809)
Los Angeles, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 6 6 5 12 21 24 21 19 18 15 15 13 12 12 15 15 19 19 15 n/a
Coaches 6 6 6 12 18 24 21 20 17 16 15 14 13 15 16 18 19 19 14 12

Players drafted into the NBAEdit

ReferencesEdit