2015–16 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

The 2015–16 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Roy Williams, who was in his 13th season as UNC's men's basketball head coach. The Tar Heels played their home games at the Dean Smith Center and were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina finished the season with a 33–7 record, 14–4 to win the ACC regular season championship. The Tar Heels defeated Virginia to win the ACC Tournament. They received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as a #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 trip to the Final Four. In a matchup against fellow ACC foe, Syracuse, the Tar Heels won easily to advance to the National Championship against Villanova. North Carolina, despite a circus shot by Marcus Paige to tie the game at 74 with less than five seconds remaining, lost on a last second three pointer by Kris Jenkins.

2015–16 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Runner-Up
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 3
2015–16 record33–7 (14–4 ACC)
Head coachRoy Williams (13th season)
Assistant coachSteve Robinson (13th season)
Assistant coachC. B. McGrath (13th season)
Assistant coachHubert Davis (4th season)
Home arenaDean E. Smith Center
Seasons
2015–16 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 North Carolina 14 4   .778     33 7   .825
#4 Virginia 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#10 Miami (FL) 13 5   .722     27 8   .771
#16 Louisville* 12 6   .667     23 8   .742
Notre Dame 11 7   .611     24 12   .667
#19 Duke 11 7   .611     25 11   .694
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Clemson 10 8   .556     17 14   .548
Pittsburgh 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Syracuse 9 9   .500     23 14   .622
Georgia Tech 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Florida State 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
NC State 5 13   .278     16 17   .485
Wake Forest 2 16   .111     11 20   .355
Boston College 0 18   .000     7 25   .219
*Ineligible for both the 2016 ACC Tournament and the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to self-imposed postseason ban.
2016 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Tar Heels finished the 2014–15 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 and Arkansas before losing in the Sweet Sixteen to eventual National Runner-Up Wisconsin.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Luke Davis 4 G 6'0" 178 RS Senior Raleigh, NC Graduated
J. P. Tokoto 13 F 6'6 200 Junior Menomonee Falls, WI Declared for 2015 NBA draft
Desmond Hubert 14 F 6'10" 225 Senior Cream Ridge, NJ Graduated
Jackson Simmons 21 F 6'7" 225 Senior Webster, NC Graduated
Sasha Seymore 24 F 6'6" 220 Senior New Bern, NC Graduated

Class of 2015 signeesEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kenny Williams
SG
Chesterfield, VA Lloyd C. Bird High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) May 2, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Luke Maye
PF
Huntersville, NC Hough High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Nov 11, 2014 
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:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-06-08.

RosterEdit

2015–16 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) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Oak Hill Academy Upper Marlboro, Maryland
G/F 1 Theo Pinson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Wesleyan Christian Academy Greensboro, North Carolina
G 2 Joel Berry II 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Lake Highland Prep Apopka, Florida
F 3 Kennedy Meeks 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Jr West Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina
F 4 Isaiah Hicks 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr J.F. Webb Oxford, North Carolina
G 5 Marcus Paige (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Linn-Mar Marion, Iowa
F 11 Brice Johnson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Edisto Orangeburg, South Carolina
G 13 Kanler Coker (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr North/Flowery Branch Gainesville, Florida
G 24 Kenny Williams 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr L.C. Bird Midlothian, Virginia
G 30 Stilman White 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Jr Hoggard Wilmington, North Carolina
G 31 Justin Coleman (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Broughton Raleigh, North Carolina
F 32 Luke Maye 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Hough Huntersville, North Carolina
F 34 Toby Egbuna (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr West Forsyth High School Clemmons, North Carolina
F 42 Joel James 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Sr Dwyer West Palm Beach, Florida
G 43 Spenser Dalton (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Christ School Asheville, North Carolina
G/F 44 Justin Jackson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Homeschool Christian Youth Ass. Tomball, Texas
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
Nov 6, 2015*
7:30 pm
No. 1 Guilford W 99–49 
 14  Tied   7  Tied   9  Britt  Dean Smith Center (11,295)
Chapel Hill, NC
Non-Conference Regular Season
Nov 13, 2015*
7:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 1 vs. Temple
Veterans Classic
W 91–67  1–0
 25  Meeks   11  Meeks   5  Pinson  Alumni Hall (5,710)
Annapolis, MD
Nov 15, 2015*
4:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 1 Fairfield
CBE Hall of Fame Classic
W 92–65  2–0
 17  Britt   12  Meeks   8  Pinson  Dean Smith Center (13,178)
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 18, 2015*
7:00 pm, RSN
No. 1 Wofford
CBE Hall of Fame Classic
W 78–58  3–0
 16  Tied   14  Johnson   4  Tied  Dean Smith Center (12,095)
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 21, 2015*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 1 at Northern Iowa L 67–71  3-1
 22  Johnson   9  Johnson   5  Paige  McLeod Center (7,018)
Cedar Falls, IA
Nov 23, 2015*
9:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 9 vs. Northwestern
CBE Hall of Fame Classic
Semifinal
W 80–69  4-1
 21  Jackson   13  Jackson   8  Pinson  Sprint Center (13,598)
Kansas City, MO
Nov 24, 2015*
10:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 9 vs. Kansas State
CBE Hall of Fame Classic
Championship
W 80–70  5–1
 27  Jackson   7  Meeks   9  Paige  Sprint Center (13,198)
Kansas City, MO
Dec 1, 2015*
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 9 No. 4 Maryland
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 90–75  6–1
 27  Berry II   6  Tied   5  Tied  Dean Smith Center (21,163)
Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 6, 2015*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 9 Davidson W 98–65  7–1
 17  Britt   10  Meeks   4  Tied  Dean Smith Center (14,805)
Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 12, 2015*
5:15 pm, ESPN
No. 3 at Texas L 82–84  7–2
 20  Paige   6  Meeks   3  Paige  Frank Erwin Center (16,540)
Austin, TX
Dec 16, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 11 Tulane W 96–72  8–2
 25  Johnson   10  Johnson   9  Berry II  Dean Smith Center (16,199)
Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 19, 2015*
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 11 vs. No. 22 UCLA
CBS Sports Classic
W 89–76  9–2
 27  Johnson   9  Johnson   6  Paige  Barclays Center (16,311)
Brooklyn, NY
Dec 21, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 Appalachian State W 94–70  10–2
 22  Johnson   10  Jackson   11  Berry II  Dean Smith Center (18,336)
Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 28, 2015*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 7 UNC Greensboro W 96–63  11–2
 16  Johnson   16  Johnson   5  Britt  Dean Smith Center (19,246)
Chapel Hill, NC
ACC Regular Season
Dec 30, 2015
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 Clemson W 80–69  12–2
(1–0)
 18  Paige   9  Johnson   4  Berry II  Dean Smith Center (17,168)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 2, 2016
12:00 pm, ACCN
No. 7 Georgia Tech W 86–78  13–2
(2–0)
 19  Berry II   11  Johnson   4  Berry II  Dean Smith Center (17,392)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 4, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 at Florida State W 106–90  14–2
(3–0)
 39  Johnson   23  Johnson   5  Paige  Donald L. Tucker Civic Center (11,095)
Tallahassee, FL
Jan 9, 2016
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 at Syracuse W 84–73  15–2
(4–0)
 21  Hicks   8  Hicks   8  Tied  Carrier Dome (26,811)
Syracuse, NY
Jan 16, 2016
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 NC State
Carolina–State Game
W 67–55  16–2
(5–0)
 23  Meeks   6  Tied   4  Tied  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 20, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 2 Wake Forest W 83–68  17–2
(6–0)
 27  Johnson   11  Johnson   3  Tied  Dean Smith Center (19,053)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 24, 2016
6:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 2 at Virginia Tech W 75–70  18–2
(7–0)
 19  Johnson   17  Johnson   7  Paige  Lane Stadium (9,567)
Blacksburg, VA
Jan 30, 2016
4:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 2 Boston College W 89–62  19–2
(8–0)
 17  Johnson   11  Johnson   6  Tied  Dean Smith Center (20,208)
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 1, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 2 at No. 19 Louisville L 65–71  19–3
(8–1)
 16  Jackson   11  Johnson   4  Paige  KFC Yum! Center (22,781)
Louisville, KY
Feb 6, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 2 at Notre Dame L 76–80  19–4
(8–2)
 21  Paige   14  Johnson   5  Berry II  Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
Feb 9, 2016
8:00 pm, ACCN
No. 9 at Boston College W 68–65  20–4
(9–2)
 20  Jackson   7  Meeks   6  Berry II  Conte Forum (5,126)
Chestnut Hill, MA
Feb 14, 2016
1:00 pm, ACCN
No. 9 Pittsburgh W 85–64  21–4
(10–2)
 19  Johnson   7  Johnson   6  Tied  Dean Smith Center (20,011)
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 17, 2016
9:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
No. 5 No. 20 Duke
Rivalry
L 73–74  21–5
(10–3)
 29  Johnson   19  Johnson   6  Britt  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 20, 2016
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 No. 11 Miami (FL) W 96–71  22–5
(11–3)
 16  Johnson   15  Johnson   8  Jackson  Dean Smith Center (20,151)
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 24, 2016
8:00 pm, ACCN
No. 7 at NC State
Carolina–State Game
W 80–68  23–5
(12–3)
 22  Johnson   11  Johnson   3  Tied  PNC Arena (19,500)
Raleigh, NC
Feb 27, 2016
6:30 pm, ESPN
No. 7 at No. 3 Virginia
College GameDay
L 74–79  23–6
(12–4)
 21  Berry II   7  Johnson   4  Tied  John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)
Charlottesville, VA
Feb 29, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 Syracuse W 75–70  24–6
(13–4)
 14  Johnson   10  Johnson   8  Paige  Dean Smith Center (20,714)
Chapel Hill, NC
Mar 5, 2016
6:30 pm, ESPN
No. 8 at No. 17 Duke
Rivalry
W 76–72  25–6
(14–4)
 18  Johnson   21  Johnson   4  Pinson  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
ACC Tournament
March 10, 2016
12:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
(1) No. 7 vs. (8) Pittsburgh
Quarterfinals
W 88–71  26–6
 20  Berry II   10  Johnson   7  Pinson  Verizon Center (18,561)
Washington, D.C.
March 11, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
(1) No. 7 vs. (4) Notre Dame
Semifinals
W 78–47  27–6
 16  Paige   15  Hicks   7  Paige  Verizon Center (20,719)
Washington, D.C.
March 12, 2016
9:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
(1) No. 7 vs. (2) No. 4 Virginia
Championship Game
W 61–57  28–6
 19  Berry II   9  Johnson   5  Johnson  Verizon Center (20,719)
Washington, D.C.
NCAA Tournament
Mar 17, 2016*
7:20 pm, TBS
(1 E) No. 3 vs. (16 E) Florida Gulf Coast
First Round
W 83–67  29–6
 18  Johnson   7  Johnson   5  Paige  PNC Arena (17,387)
Raleigh, NC
Mar 19, 2016*
9:40 pm, TBS
(1 E) No. 3 vs. (9 E) Providence
Second Round
W 85–66  30–6
 21  Johnson   10  Johnson   3  Tied  PNC Arena (19,433)
Raleigh, NC
Mar 25, 2016*
9:57 pm, TBS
(1 E) No. 3 vs. (5 E) No. 14 Indiana
Sweet Sixteen
W 101–86  31–6
 21  Paige   10  Johnson   6  Paige  Wells Fargo Center (20,686)
Philadelphia, PA
Mar 27, 2016
8:49 pm, TBS
(1 E) No. 3 vs. (6 E) Notre Dame
Elite Eight
W 88–74  32–6
 25  Johnson   12  Johnson   8  Berry II  Wells Fargo Center (20,743)
Philadelphia, PA
April 2, 2016
8:49 pm, TBS
(1 E) No. 3 vs. (10 MW) Syracuse
Final Four
W 83–66  33–6
 16  Tied   9  Johnson   10  Berry II  NRG Stadium (75,505)
Houston, TX
April 4, 2016*
9:19 pm, TBS
(1 E) No. 3 vs. (2 S) No. 6 Villanova
National Championship
L 74–77  33–7
 21  Paige   8  Johnson   6  Paige  NRG Stadium (74,340)
Houston, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
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 1 1 9 9 3 11 7 7 6 5 2 2 2 9 5 7 8 7 3 N/A
Coaches 1 (T) 1 8 9 3 11 7 8 7 5 2 1 1 8 4 6 8 7 3 2

Players drafted into the NBAEdit

ReferencesEdit