February Tar Heel History
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February 1, 2001
Brendan Haywood hits two free throws with one second to play to give UNC an 85-83 win at Duke. Joseph Forte is sensational with 24 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
February 2, 1992
Derrick Phelps sets the UNC record for steals with nine in 86-76 win at Georgia Tech.
February 2, 1995
Jerry Stackhouse (25), Rasheed Wallace (25) and Donald Williams (24) combined for 74 points as Carolina beats Duke, 102-100, in double overtime. Blue Devil guard Jeff Capel sends the game into second overtime with a halfcourt three-pointer, but a Jeff McInnis steal and basket provides the winning margin for UNC.
February 3, 1994
Carolina prevails, 89-78, in the first-ever meeting against Duke in which the schools are ranked 1-2 in the country. The second-ranked Tar Heels get 18 points, six assists and no turnovers from Derrick Phelps.
February 3, 2009
Wayne Ellington scores 34 points, hitting 7 of 9 three-pointers, to lift UNC to a 108-91 win over Maryland in Chapel Hill
February 4, 1961
UNC's Larry Brown and Duke's Art Heyman get in an on-court fight, jump starting the UNC-Duke rivalry in UNC's 81-77 loss at Duke
February 4, 1986
Brad Daugherty’s 22 points and Joe Wolf’s 14 points and 13 rebounds lead No. 1 UNC past No. 2 Georgia Tech, 78-77, in overtime in Atlanta.
February 4, 2012
Kendall Marshall dishes out 16 assists in an 83-74 win over Maryland, tying his own record for most assists in an ACC game.
February 5, 1992
In a game most remembered for blood streaming down the back of Eric Montross’ head, UNC beats defending NCAA champion and No. 1 Duke, 75-73, causing the students to rush the floor for the first time ever at the Smith Center.
February 5, 1998
Antawn Jamison, the 1998 National Player of the Year, scores 35 points as No. 2 Carolina beats No. 1 Duke, 97-73.
February 6, 1988
Michael Jordan defeats Dominique Wilkins in the legendary 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest then goes on to win the All-Star game MVP the following night after scoring 40 points in the East win
February 7, 1991
Carolina beats NC State, 92-70, in Chapel Hill. The night before, the same teams play in Raleigh, a 97-91 Wolfpack win. The Feb. 7 game, which is also Carolina’s 1500th victory, is re-scheduled from Jan. 15, 1991, because of the outbreak of the Gulf War.
February 7, 2015
Dean Smith, legendary UNC hall-of-fame basketball coach, passes away at age 83 at his home in Chapel Hill.
February 8, 1954
Virginia’s Buzz Wilkinson scores 48 in an 83-69 Wahoo win. It is the most individual points ever vs. UNC in an ACC game.
February 8, 1992
Carolina trails Wake Forest by 22 points but rallies for an 80-78 win on Brian Reese’s buzzer-beating jumper. The Deacons led by 11 with 6:17 to play. Hubert Davis led the Tar Heels with 30.
February 8, 1998
Shammond Williams scores 42 points in 107-100 double overtime win at Georgia Tech.
February 8, 2003
Jawad Williams scores 20 in 61-60 win over Florida State, making UNC the first school with 500 ACC victories.
February 10, 1941
Two-time All-America George Glamack scores a record 45 points in 76-53 win over Clemson. Later that year, UNC loses to Pittsburgh and Dartmouth in first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
February 10, 1983
Top-ranked UNC trails No. 3 Virginia by 10 points with 4:12 to play but pulls out an improbable 64-63 win in Carmichael Auditorium. Michael Jordan’s offensive rebound basket pulls the Tar Heels to within a point, then Jordan strips Rick Carlisle of the ball and slams home the go-ahead basket.
February 10, 2008
Tyler Hansbrough scores 39 points and grabs 13 rebounds to help UNC beat Clemson in double overtime 103-93 in Chapel Hill
February 11, 1998
Carolina wins its 1700th game, a 60-45 victory at Virginia.
February 11, 2009
Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green become the only two Tar Heels to go 4-0 in games at Cameron Indoor Stadium after a 101-87 win at Duke
February 11, 2012
Roy Williams wins his 664th career game in a 70-52 win over Virginia in Chapel Hill, matching legendary UCLA coach John Wooden on the career victories list.
February 12, 1795
Hinton James becomes the first student to enter the University of North Carolina, arriving from Wilmington, NC on foot.
February 12, 1925
Head cheerleader Vic Huggins introduces Rameses, the school’s first ram mascot, at halftime of UNC’s 28-27 loss to South Carolina.
February 12, 1975
North Carolina point guard Phil Ford runs Dean Smith's "Four Corners" offense to perfection in a 78-70 win over Duke in Chapel Hill on February 12, 1975 (Video).
February 12, 1997
Ed Cota’s baseline floater with 4.5 seconds to play gives Carolina a 45-44 win at NC State. It is the fewest points ever by Carolina in a Dean Smith victory.
February 12, 2000
Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors wins the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest with one of the all-time great performances.
February 14, 1976
Mitch Kupchak has 35 points and 21 rebounds and Walter Davis has 26 points, 11 boards and six steals as Carolina works four overtimes to beat Tulane, 113-106, in the Louisiana Superdome. It is the longest game in Carolina history.
February 15, 2006
Tyler Hansbrough scores an ACC-freshman-record 40 points in an 82-75 win over Georgia Tech in the Smith Center.
February 15, 2012
John Henson scores 14 points to become UNC's 67th career 1,000-point scorer (most in NCAA) in a 73-64 win over Miami
February 18, 1926
A 17-8 loss to NC State marks the fewest points in UNC history, but two weeks later, Carolina beats Mississippi State to win the Southern Conference Tournament.
February 19, 1914
Ben Edwards plays for Guilford in a 38-13 Tar Heel victory. Earlier in the year, Edwards played in six games for Carolina, thus becoming the first and only player to play for and against UNC in the same season.
February 19, 2011
The Tar Heels defeat Boston College 48-46 resulting in the fewest points ever scored in a game by the Tar Heels in the Smith Center.
February 19, 2017
North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox wins his 800th game at UNC as the No. 9 Tar Heels defeat Kentucky, 5-4, to complete a 3-game sweep of the Wildcats in Chapel Hill.
February 20, 1915
Lynchburg YMCA wins 63- 20, the most lopsided loss in UNC history (43 points).
February 20, 1986
Len Bias scores 35 points to lead Maryland to a 77-72 overtime win, UNC’s first defeat in the Smith Center (Video).
February 20, 1999
Ademola Okulaja hits a game-winning three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left in UNC's 67-66 win at Virginia (Video).
February 20, 2014
Leslie McDonald scores a game-high 21 points in UNC’s 74-66 win over Duke in Chapel Hill. The game was originally scheduled for February 12th, but was postponed due to a winter storm. The Tar Heels became the first team to beat each of the top four teams in the preseason AP poll (Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville and Duke) (Video).
February 21, 1968
Rusty Clark sets the UNC record with 30 rebounds in an 83-60 win over Maryland.
February 21, 2015
Playing its first home game since the death of legendary UNC coach Dean Smith, the Tar Heels rout Georgia Tech 89-60. Prior to the game, UNC honored Smith with a moment of silence, and coach Roy Williams continued the remeberance by running Smith's patented "Four Corners" offense on the game's opening possession (Video).
February 22, 1913
Carolina plays the North Carolina College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts (NC State) for the first time in any sport since 1906, losing 26-18. The teams would not play again until the 1919 state championship.
February 23, 1893
The first edition of "The Tar Heel", UNC's student newspaper, is published (Cover Photo). The paper later changed its name to what is now "The Daily Tar Heel".
February 23, 1994
Rasheed Wallace receives his first technical foul as a Tar Heel in an 80-71 win at Notre Dame.
February 23, 2011
UNC wins its tenth consecutive basketball game against the Wolfpack, 75-63 in Raleigh.
February 24, 1956
Lennie Rosenbluth has 31 points and 14 boards in a 73-65 win over Duke that clinches UNC’s first-ever ACC regular-season title.
February 24, 1979
Carolina holds the ball in the first half and fails to score as Duke leads, 7-0, at intermission. The Tar Heels wait 12:25 into the game before attempting a shot. Both teams score 40 in the second half and Duke wins, 47-40, in one of the most famous delay games ever played. (Video)
February 25, 1978
Phil Ford scores a career-high 34 points on 13 of 19 shooting from the floor in his final game at Carmichael Auditorium, an 87-83 win over Duke. Ford clinches UNC's third straight ACC regular-season title with two free throws with six seconds left.
February 25, 2020
Roy Williams joins Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski to become just the third coach in ACC history to win 200 regular-season ACC games, as the Tar Heels beat NC State 85-79 in Chapel Hill.
February 26, 1921
Cartwright Carmichael scored 15 points in a win over Virginia and sets UNC’s single-season scoring record, surpassing Meb Long. Carmichael would finish the season with 286 points.
February 26, 1969
Bill Bunting leads a balanced effort with 14 points as the Tar Heels beat South Carolina in Columbia to wrap up their third straight ACC regular-season title.
February 26, 2014
Marcus Paige scores 31 of his career-high 35 points after halftime and hits the game-winning layup with .9 seconds remaining in overtime as the Tar Heels knock off NC State in Raleigh, 85-84 (Video).
February 27, 1932
Virgil Weathers’ basket with less than 30 seconds to play gives Carolina a 43-42 win over Adolph Rupp’s top-seed Kentucky in the second round of the Southern Conference Tournament. It would be the final time the two schools played one another as members of the same conference.
February 27, 2021
Roy Williams becomes just the 5th coach in Division I college basketball history to reach 900 career victories, and the fastest to reach that mark, in UNC's 78-70 win over No. 11 Florida State in Chapel Hill.
February 28, 1922
Cartwright Carmichael and Monk McDonald lead UNC to a 40-26 win over Mercer for the Southern Conference Tournament title.
February 28, 2009
Tyler Hansbrough makes his 906th career free throw in UNC’s 104-74 win over Georgia Tech, breaking Dickie Hemric’s (Wake Forest) NCAA record, set in 1955. Hansbrough finishes his career with 982 made free throws (Video).
February 28, 2013
North Carolina defeats Clemson 68-59 to give the Tar Heels their 40th 20-win season in 43 years (Video).
February 29, 1924
En route to an undefeated season the Tar Heels play and beat Kentucky for the first time, a 41-20 win in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament in Atlanta. Jack “Sprat” Cobb scored 17 points.
February 29, 2012
Kendall Marshall gets 8 assists in an 88-64 win over Maryland to set UNC's single-season assist record (285).