A year-by-year look at North Carolina’s 20 Final Four appearances

By beating Kentucky in the Elite Eight, North Carolina gained passage to the 20th Final Four in school history. That’s just over 25 percent of the 78 Final Fours ever played and a NCAA record.

The ran began in 1946 when coach Ben Carnevale led a team that was then known as the “White Shadows” to a title game loss to Oklahoma A&M. Since then, four different coaches have brought them to the sport’s final stage with Dean Smith’s 11 appearances leading the way. North Carolina has won five titles, made 10 title game appearances and has a 15-14 record, not including third-place games. Kansas is the Tar Heels’ most common opponent (they’re 2-2 against the Jayhawks) and the longest they’ve gone without a Final Four berth is 11 years (1946 to 1957).

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