Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Conference: Atlantic Coast

Mascot: Tar Heels

Coach: Roy Williams

Record: 24-11 (11-7 conference)

Kenpom ranking: 16

Good wins: vs OSU, vs Louisville, at NC State, at Miami, vs Louisville, vs Virginia

Bad losses: at Pitt

Tournament appearances: 45

Best result: Champions (5 times)

NBA alumni: Harrison Barnes, Michael Jordan, Rasheed Wallace

Best name: Kennedy Meeks

Famous alumni: James K. Polk, Andy Griffith, Stuart Scott

The Tar Heels have been good, sure, but they haven't lived up to their preseason top-10 ranking. They've proved they're definitely better than bad basketball teams, going 20-1 against teams that didn't make the NCAA Tournament. But they went just 4-10 against teams that did, including losses on both ends of the all-important matchup with arch-rival Duke.

Style of play: Big and efficient

UNC plays four players who operate entirely inside the arc, and they're all long and tall. That leads to a lot of high-percentage shots, and on the occasions those shots miss they get boards. The Tar Heels score 62.5 percent of their points on twos, second-most in college hoops, and rebound 39.9 percent of their misses, sixth-most in college hoops. That, and a deadly fast break, leads to the 12th-most efficient offense in the nation.

Key player: Turn the Paige

Marcus Paige's numbers took a dip after making nearly every preseason All-American list, but it's not just a down year from the 6'1 Iowa guard. The Heels are much better offensively this year than last, which means they don't have to rely on him as much. That said, he's still the only player on UNC who can hit a three-pointer regularly, shooting 38.6 percent.

RIP Dean Smith

The college basketball world lost an icon this year in longtime UNC coach Dean Smith, the man their stadium is named after, a great coach and even better human being. Smith famously ran the Four Corners offense, a stalling tactic made obsolete by the invention of the shot clock. In the first home game after Smith's passing, UNC ran the four corners for one possession -- and it worked, with the Tar Heels getting an easy bucket off a backdoor cut.