Before the North Carolina men's basketball team's season-opening win over Notre Dame, the UNC athletics department bestowed upon The Daily Tar Heel a 427-page spiral notebook entitled "Carolina Basketball 2019-20 Facts & Records Book" that contains virtually everything anyone would want to know about Tar Heel hoops.
After combing through the manuscript, I've waded through the copious amounts of fun facts and tidbits to share some of the most interesting points with everybody reading this who is trying to gain an edge over their Trivia Night friend group.
All stats in this article are up to date as of the start of the 2019-20 season.
Last time it happened
The last time the Tar Heels played in a quadruple overtime game was a 113-106 win at Tulane in 1976. Forward Phil Hicks scored 36 points, but the Green Wave were no match for the UNC duo of Phil Ford and Mitch Kupchak, who combined to average 36.2 points per game that season.
The one time North Carolina has ever had nine players each score in double figures was a 129-45 win over Manhattan in 1985. Kevin Madden (17), Ranzino Smith (17), Warren Martin (15), Steve Bucknall (12), Joe Wolf (10), Steve Hale (10), Brad Daugherty (10), Jeff Lebo (10) and Kenny Smith (10) combined for 111 points.
"I can't ever tell a team to simply quit playing and don't try to score,'' UNC head coach Dean Smith said after the game. "Because we're always trying to improve on our execution.''
Wake Forest has an oddly large presence throughout the history of North Carolina's all-time losing streaks.
The Tar Heels fell to the Demon Deacons on Jan. 17, 1939, a loss that spiraled into a five-game losing streak that wouldn't be snapped until North Carolina faced Wake Forest again on Jan. 31. The Tar Heels would avenge the loss with a 56-54 win over the Demon Deacons.
UNC fell to Wake Forest again in an 84-62 loss in the 2001-02 season, the team's first of six consecutive losses during that year before the Tar Heels bounced back with an 87-69 win over Clemson.
And North Carolina's longest all-time losing streak is an eight-game stretch that spans December and January of the 1950-51 season. The team that the Tar Heels would eventually find their rhythm against to break the streak? Wake Forest, in a 65-56 victory.
The North Carolina men's basketball team has historically been better when the Tar Heels share the ball and don't jack up shots from behind the arc. The following players ignored that maxim, at least for one game.
Rashad McCants, Shammond Williams, Rick Fox, Lebo (twice) and Smith are the five UNC players who hold the record for three-pointers attempted in a game by a UNC player (14).
Notably, North Carolina is 1-5 in those six games, with the lone win coming during Smith's performance in an 88-86 win over Southern Methodist in 1986.
McCants was the most recent Tar Heel to launch 14 three-pointers, making six in a 90-81 overtime loss to Florida State in 2004.
Meanwhile, in his first three games in Carolina Blue, guard Cole Anthony has attempted 11, 11 and seven three-pointers. Time will tell if he's the next UNC player to bomb 14 threes, and if his name will be in the record books when my editor makes me do this again next season.
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