UNC National Championship History


The North Carolina Tar Heels have won more NCAA College Championships than any other team, and the second-most overall national championships in College Basketball history with six titles. In addition to their six NCAA Championships, UNC also has five additional National Championship claims from when they were determined by a group called the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.  

This list, compiled by the National Championship Foundation, recognizes Premo-Porretta as the authority on college basketball national champions from 1938 through 1940. However, since UNC was victorious in five different seasons during this span (1938, 1939, 1944, 1946 and 1957 ), their totals are based upon each team's ranking.

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UNC has a total of six NCAA national championship wins in men's basketball, which is the most out of all Division I schools.

UNC defeated Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas for the title 73–53, behind Lennie Rosenbluth's 28 points and tournament MVP Frank McGuire (basketball). This title is most notable for a play in which Bill Russell blocked Wilt Chamberlain's shot and UNC took over on offense, with Rosenbluth running down court and sinking a basket from behind the backboard.

The first UNC National Championship

In 1957, when the Tar Heels defeated the Kansas Jayhawks for a second consecutive time in triple overtime. UNC's Lennie Rosenbluth was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, despite being on the losing team. 1957 also marks the year that UNC became the first college basketball program to have an African American player, Charlie Scott.

The 1982 National Championship

In 1982, led by James Worthy's iconic performance, UNC was able to overcome a halftime deficit to beat the University of Houston 71-67 for their most recent National Championship. The Tar Heels won despite not having the services of forward and future NBA Player of the Year James Michael McAdoo who missed the entire season due to academic reasons.

The 1993 National Championship

In 1993, UNC defeated Michigan 77-71 behind the play of freshman guard Donald Williams to claim their third NCAA Championship. This win came a year after a historic loss to Kansas in the National Semifinals which ended with a miracle three-point shot by Christian Laettner.

UNC repeated as champions in 2001 by defeating Illinois 81-78. The Tar Heels won the game on a last second three pointer by Joseph Forte, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. UNC captured their fifth NCAA Title in 2009 behind Tournament MVP Tyler Hansbrough and Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams.  

The 2005 National Championship

In 2005, UNC defeated Illinois 64-62 with freshman Marvin Williams becoming the first Tar Heel to win the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player award since Michael Jordan in 1982. North Carolina had previously snatched defeat from the jaws of victory twice during the 2005 tournament before claiming their sixth National Championship.

The 2017 National Championship

On April 3rd, 2017 the Tar Heels defeated Gonzaga 71-65 to win their sixth NCAA Tournament Title. Hometown hero Luke Maye delivered the best performance of his young career with a 20 point, 10 rebound effort that culminated in him being named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.


Number 1. North Carolina has won the most national championships in college basketball history with six titles. This includes five additional claims from when UNC was recognized as champions by Premo-Porretta prior to their official conduct of the NCAA Tournament; the only other school to make this claim is Michigan State, who does not include their 1979 title despite being recognized as champions by Premo-Porretta.

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