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1996-97 North Carolina Tar Heels Schedule and Results

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Overall: 28-7, .800 W-L% (8th of 305)
Conference: 11-5, 3rd in ACC (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Dean Smith (28-7)

PS/G: 77.4 (32nd of 305) ▪ PA/G: 66.7 (81st of 305)
SRS: 22.80 (4th of 305) ▪ SOS: 12.09 (2nd of 305)

NCAA Tournament: (#1 seed in East)
Won East First Round (82-74) versus #16 Fairfield
Won East Second Round (73-56) versus #9 Colorado
Won East Regional Semifinal (63-57) versus #5 California
Won East Regional Final (97-74) versus #6 Louisville
Lost National Semifinal (66-58) versus #4 Arizona

AP Poll Summary

Pre 11/19 11/26 12/3 12/10 12/17 12/24 12/31 1/7 1/14 1/21 1/28 2/4 2/11 2/18 2/25 3/4 Final
8 7 14 14 11 12 11 11 13 22 19 19 20 16 12 8 5 4

Schedule and Results

G Date Type Opponent Conf Tm Opp OT W L Streak
1 Fri, Nov 22, 1996 REG N Arizona Pac-10 L 72 83 0 1 L 1
2 Mon, Nov 25, 1996 REG Richmond CAA W 86 75 1 1 W 1
3 Fri, Nov 29, 1996 REG Pittsburgh Big East W 82 61 2 1 W 2
4 Mon, Dec 2, 1996 REG Bethune-Cookman MEAC W 106 62 3 1 W 3
5 Fri, Dec 6, 1996 REG N Southern California Pac-10 W 99 84 4 1 W 4
6 Sat, Dec 7, 1996 REG N South Carolina SEC W 86 75 5 1 W 5
7 Sun, Dec 15, 1996 REG @ Virginia Military Institute Southern W 105 61 6 1 W 6
8 Wed, Dec 18, 1996 REG N Louisiana State SEC W 67 48 7 1 W 7
9 Fri, Dec 20, 1996 REG N Massachusetts A-10 W 83 69 8 1 W 8
10 Sun, Dec 22, 1996 REG @ Princeton Ivy W 69 60 9 1 W 9
11 Sat, Jan 4, 1997 REG @ Wake Forest ACC L 57 81 9 2 L 1
12 Wed, Jan 8, 1997 REG Maryland ACC L 75 85 9 3 L 2
13 Sat, Jan 11, 1997 REG @ Virginia ACC L 63 75 9 4 L 3
14 Wed, Jan 15, 1997 REG North Carolina State ACC W 59 56 10 4 W 1
15 Sat, Jan 18, 1997 REG Georgia Tech ACC W 73 50 11 4 W 2
16 Wed, Jan 22, 1997 REG @ Florida State ACC L 71 84 11 5 L 1
17 Sun, Jan 26, 1997 REG Clemson ACC W 61 48 12 5 W 1
18 Wed, Jan 29, 1997 REG @ Duke ACC L 73 80 12 6 L 1
19 Sat, Feb 1, 1997 REG Middle Tennessee OVC W 99 49 13 6 W 1
20 Thu, Feb 6, 1997 REG Florida State ACC W 90 62 14 6 W 2
21 Sat, Feb 8, 1997 REG Virginia ACC W 81 57 15 6 W 3
22 Wed, Feb 12, 1997 REG @ North Carolina State ACC W 45 44 16 6 W 4
23 Sat, Feb 15, 1997 REG @ Georgia Tech ACC W 72 68 17 6 W 5
24 Wed, Feb 19, 1997 REG Wake Forest ACC W 74 60 18 6 W 6
25 Sat, Feb 22, 1997 REG @ Maryland ACC W 93 81 19 6 W 7
26 Wed, Feb 26, 1997 REG @ Clemson ACC W 76 69 20 6 W 8
27 Sun, Mar 2, 1997 REG Duke ACC W 91 85 21 6 W 9
G Date Type Opponent Conf Tm Opp OT W L Streak
28 Fri, Mar 7, 1997 CTOURN Virginia ACC W 78 68 22 6 W 10
29 Sat, Mar 8, 1997 CTOURN N Wake Forest ACC W 86 73 23 6 W 11
30 Sun, Mar 9, 1997 CTOURN N North Carolina State ACC W 64 54 24 6 W 12
G Date Type Opponent Conf Tm Opp OT W L Streak
31 Thu, Mar 13, 1997 NCAA N Fairfield MAAC W 82 74 25 6 W 13
32 Sat, Mar 15, 1997 NCAA N Colorado Big 12 W 73 56 26 6 W 14
33 Fri, Mar 21, 1997 NCAA N California Pac-10 W 63 57 27 6 W 15
34 Sun, Mar 23, 1997 NCAA N Louisville CUSA W 97 74 28 6 W 16
35 Sat, Mar 29, 1997 NCAA N Arizona Pac-10 L 58 66 28 7 L 1