North Carolina Tar Heels 2007/08

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Tar Heels Atlantic Coast
Coach: Roy Williams
Record: 36-3
Dance Seed: 1
Dance Result: Round of 4
Players: Tyler Hansbrough
*Wayne Ellington
*Ty Lawson
*Danny Green
NCAA Stats CategoryRank+/-
Scoring Offense * 2 A+
Scoring Defense * 255 D
Free-Throw Percentage * 13
Rebound Margin * 1 A+
Assists Per Game * 20 A-
Turnovers Per Game * 173
Scoring Margin 3 A+
Field-Goal Percentage 10
Field-Goal Percentage Defense 117 C+
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage 76 B-
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game 262 D
Won-Lost Percentage 3 A+
Blocked Shots Per Game 50
Steals Per Game 51
Personal Fouls Per Game 56
Assist Turnover Ratio 39 B+
MPI - Marchpool Index 10
Dance of 68 StatsRank+/-
Ball Control60C-
RPI Decade8
Round of 4
#8 Seed: Led by Player of the year Tyler Hansborough, the 2007/08 Carolina Tar Heels were straight up winners. They started their highly anticipated campaign with 18 straight victories, dropping only 3 games the entire season.  Turnovers and defensive lapses caught up to them in their unmemorable Final 4 loss to Kansas, a game which they were down over 30 points in the first half alone. Even in defeat, then they showed enough poise and gumption to almost catch the hot-starting Jayhawks, ultimately running out of gas in the process. These young Heels leveraged their harsh Final 4 season exit experience as a spring board of motivation.  A more mature Heels team returned to completely dominate the field in their title run the followup 2008/09 season.  Coach Williams forged a better Heels squad with the humility that came out of their exit to National Champion KU, ultimately resulting in a second title banner under Roy's 09/10 stewardship.