North Carolina Tar Heels! What a name! Alma Mater of the one of the best basketball players in all of basketball history, Michael Jordan. The name Tar Heel is a nickname used to refer to individuals from the state of North Carolina, the Tar Heel State. Carolina has won 40 NCAA Division I team national championships in seven different sports, ninth all-time, and 51 individual national championships.
North Carolina has enjoyed long success as one of the top basketball programs in the country. Overall, the Tar Heels have won five NCAA National Championships and were retroactively awarded one by the Helms Foundation. Legendary coach Dean Smith established the team as a powerhouse in college basketball. In 31 years at Carolina, Smith set the record for the most wins of any men's college basketball head coach, a record broken in 2007 by Bob Knight. Under Smith, the Tar Heels won two national championships and had numerous talented players come through the program.