North Carolina Capsule

Nickname: Tar Heels                      Coach: Roy Williams
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Overall Record: 32-2
Conference Record and Finish: 14-2, won conference tournament

Seed, Region and Bid: 1, East, Automatic
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 40
NCAA Tournament Record: 92-38 (.708)
Final Four Appearances: 16 (1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981                                      1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005)
NCAA Tournament Championships: 4 (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005)


Starters:
F -- Tyler Hansbrough (6-9, 250, Jr. -- 23.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg)
F -- Deon Thompson (6-8, 240, So. -- 8.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
F -- Marcus Ginyard (6-5, 218, Jr. -- 7.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
G -- Wayne Ellington (6-4, 200, So. -- 16.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
G -- Ty Lawson (5-11, 195, So. -- 12.4 ppg, 5.3 apg)

Key Reserves:
F -- Alex Stepheson (6-9, 235, So. -- 4.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
G -- Danny Green (6-6, 210, Jr. -- 11.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: Led by "Psycho T" Hansbrough, the top-ranked
Tar Heels have no apparent weaknesses. They shoot well,
rebound well and love to play 94 feet. Still, the health
of Lawson could be a concern. He is not quite back to
100 percent after missing six games with an ankle injury,
and the Tar Heels struggled a bit without their starting
point guard. North Carolina also is not a great defensive
team and has endured stretches where it tends to lose focus.
It may be that the only team that can beat the Tar Heels
are the Tar Heels themselves. That was the case last season
when North Carolina came unglued in the final minutes of a
regional final loss to Georgetown.

NEXT GAME: vs. Coppin State/Mount St. Mary's winner, Friday