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When North Carolina last made the men’s basketball National Championship Game

North Carolina is headed to the National Championship Game of the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. We break down the program’s title game history.

North Carolina Tar Heels forward Brady Manek reacts after a play during the second half against the Duke Blue Devils in the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four semifinals at Caesars Superdome.  Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels toppled rival No. 1 Duke Blue Devils in the national semifinals on Saturday and will now face the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks in the national championship game on Monday. The team went from being squarely on the bubble in late January to on the cusp of claiming a national championship in the first year of the Hubert Davis era.

We’ll go over how the Tar Heels got to this point and their history in the national championship game.

How North Carolina made the 2022 National Championship Game

First Round: Defeated No. 9 Marquette 95-63
Second Round: Defeated No. 1 Baylor 93-86 (OT)
Sweet 16: Defeated No. 4 UCLA 73-66
Elite Eight: Defeated No. 15 Saint Peter’s 69-49
Final Four: Defeated No. 1 Duke 81-77

When did North Carolina last appear in the national championship game?

UNC’s last national championship game appearance was 2017, where it defeated Gonzaga 71-65 to win the program’s sixth national championship. Joel Berry II led the Tar Heels with 22 points and six assists.

How many times has North Carolina appeared in the National Championship?

This will be North Carolina’s 12th appearance in the national championship game of the NCAA Tournament. They are 6-5 in those efforts, winning in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, and 2017. The Tar Heels’ five losses came in 1946, 1968, 1977, 1981, and 2016.