Chapel Hill -- ESPN.com named the University of North Carolina men's basketball program the No. 1 program in the nation over the last 50 years. The ranking is based on a statistical formula devised by ESPN that took into account such achievements as winning national and conference championships, winning percentage, NCAA Tournament appearances, All-Americas and top NBA draft picks.
ESPN.com selected a "starting five" for the Tar Heels that included guards Phil Ford and Michael Jordan and forwards Tyler Hansbrough,Antawn Jamison and James Worthy.
UCLA was second in ESPN's rankings followed in the top 10 by Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Indiana, Syracuse, Connecticut and Arizona.
Over the last 50 years, the Tar Heels have won NCAA championships in 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009, an NIT title, 27 regular-season ACC championships and 16 ACC Tournament titles. Carolina has finished in the Top 10 in the final Associated Press poll 31 times in the last 50 years.
The Tar Heels won 25 or more games 30 times and had nine 30-win seasons in that span.
The Tar Heels have played in the NCAA Tournament 39 times in the last 50 years and in that time advanced to 16 Final Fours, seven championship games and won 101 NCAA Tournament contests.
Four head coaches - Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge, Matt Doherty and Roy Williams - have directed the Tar Heel program in the last 50 years. Each of them won national coach of the year honors while at UNC. Smith and Williams are members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Eight different Tar Heels have earned National Player of the Year honors in the last five decades, including Ford (1978), Worthy (1982),Jordan (1983 and 1984), Kenny Smith (1987), Jerry Stackhouse (1995), Jamison (1998), Sean May (2005) and Hansbrough (2008). Ford, Jordan (1984), Jamison and Hansbrough each won consensus player of the year honors.
NBA teams have selected 41 Tar Heels in the first round of the draft in the last 50 years. Four Tar Heels - Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Tyler Zeller - were first round picks in the 2012 NBA Draft.