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Top 5 North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Teams That Never Won a Championship

Cheyne HowellContributor IMarch 9, 2011

Top 5 North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Teams That Never Won a Championship

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    Good times at Chapel Hill

    The Tar Heels have had many legendary basketball teams on the court over the past years, and many of those teams went on to win a national championship. The Heels won national championships in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and most recently in 2009.

    Though most programs in the country would love the idea of just one championship, the Tar Heels, in my humble opinion, should have more championship banners hanging in their rafters.

    Without further ado, I give you the five teams that should have brought home the title to Franklin Street.

No. 5: 1993-1994 North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Not even a senior battle tested Montross could guide the Heels to the ShipDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

    28-7 Record

    ACC Tournament Champions

    Lost to Boston College 75-72 in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

    The '94 Tar Heels had a fantastic squad with huge, powerful senior big man Eric Montross in the middle and diaper dandy freshmen Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. The Heels also had seasoned veterans in Brian Reese, Derrick Phelps and Kevin Salvadori, as well as developing sophomore Dante Calabria.

    The Heels swept Duke that year and won the ACC Tournament, beating Wake Forest in OT and then Virginia. The Heels were upset in the second round by Boston College.

No. 4: 1976-1977 North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Phil Ford

    28-5 Record

    ACC Regular Season Champions

    ACC Tournament Champions

    Lost 67-59 to Marquette in the national championship

    The 1976 and '77 Tar Heels were led by a silky All-American guard by the name of Phil Ford and a imposing center by the name of Tommy LaGarde. The Heels swept Duke and won the regular season and tournament championships of the ACC. The Heels were heavily favored in the championship game against Marquette but were upset 67-59.

No. 3: 1994-95 North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace

    28-6 Record

    ACC Regular Season Champions

    Lost 75-68 to Arkansas in the Final Four

    This team had the best starting five in the country. They had national player of the year Jerry Stackhouse and fellow All-American Rasheed Wallace at forward with center Serge Zwikker. The backcourt was also not too shabby with guards Dante Calabria and Jeff McInnis.

    The Heels were extremely talented and should have won the ACC tournament, but Randolph Childress had one of the greatest performances in ACC tournament history, beating the Heels in OT 82-80.

    The Heels were taken out in the Final Four by Arkansas.

No. 2: 1997-98 North Carolina Tar Heels

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    The high flying Vince CarterCraig Jones/Getty Images

    34-4 Record

    ACC Regular Season Champions

    Lost 65-59 to Utah in the Final Four

    This Heels squad is probably my favorite team of all time. They had Vince Carter and national player of the year Antawn Jamison at forward. They had a pass first guard in Ed Cota. They had a sweet shooter in Shammond Williams, and they had amazing frontcourt depth in Makhtar Ndiaye and Ademola Okulaja. The Heels were also returning an almost completely intact squad from their Final Four run the year before.

    The Heels won their first 17 games before losing in overtime to Maryland in the regular season and beat Duke in the ACC championship by 15 points en route to the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. This team should have annihilated the competition on route to the championship but was upset by Utah in the Final Four.

    One thing that needs to be mentioned is that Shammond Williams, I think, singlehandedly lost the Final Four games in '97 and '98. The kid just kept shooting the rock with abysmal results, and he killed his teams two years in a row.

No. 1: 1983-84 North Carolina Tar Heels

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    The great one Michael Jordan

    28-3 Record

    ACC Regular Season Champs

    Lost 72-66 to Indiana in the Sweet 16

    Oh, what should have been. This Heels team is one of the best teams ever, period. The Heels had the greatest player in the country in Michael Jordan and had five future first-round picks in Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty, Kenny Smith and Joe Wolf.

    The three games they lost during the whole season, including the ACC and NCAA tournament, were by a combined total of seven points. They demolished the competition in the regular season, only losing on the road to Arkansas by one. They were undefeated in ACC regular season play. It took a miracle on Duke's part to upset them in the ACC tournament.

    The Heels lost in the round of 16 to Indiana, 72-68.

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