McGuire's Miracle - UNC's 1956-1957 Championship Basketball Season
The season started on December 4, 1956, and ended on March 23, 1957. In between, North Carolina and the nation witnessed a perfect season—“McGuire's Miracle.” The University of North Carolina men's basketball team, which was led by Coach Frank McGuire and featured All-American Lennie Rosenbluth, finished the season 32-0. The Tar Heels won games in almost every imaginable way: they soundly defeated teams, such as their 32-point win over Clemson University in Chapel Hill; they won four overtime games, including two triple overtime wins in the Final Four; they won the coveted Dixie Classic, beating Wake Forest for the first of their four wins against the Demon Deacons that year; they won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament championship; and, finally, they outlasted a Wilt Chamberlain-led University of Kansas team in a triple overtime contest played before a decidedly partisan Jayhawk crowd in Kansas City, Missouri, to secure the Tar Heels' first NCAA national championship.
The 1956-1957 University of North Carolina Team

The 1956-1957 University of North Carolina Team

The 1956-1957 University of North Carolina Team

The 1956-1957 University of North Carolina Team

"Basketball Tournament 1957 Team." University of North Carolina

"Basketball Tournament 1957 Team." University of North Carolina

1957 Tournament Starting Five and Coach McGuire
1957 Tournament Starting Five and Coach McGuire

The Starting Line-up

Lennie Rosenbluth

Lennie Rosenbluth

Lennie Rosenbluth

Lennie Rosenbluth

Tommy Kearns

Tommy Kearns

Tommy Kearns

Tommy Kearns

Pete Brennan

Pete Brennan

Pete Brennan

Pete Brennan

Joe Quigg

Joe Quigg

Joe Quigg

Joe Quigg

Bob Cunningham
Bob Cunningham
Bob Cunningham

Bob Cunningham

Men off the Bench

Tony Radovich

Tony Radovich

Stan Groll

Stan Groll

Danny Lotz
Danny Lotz
Bill Hathaway

Bill Hathaway

The Coaches

Coach Frank McGuire & Coach James Ambrose "Buck" Freeman on the bench

Coach Frank McGuire & Coach James Ambrose "Buck" Freeman on the bench

Coach Frank McGuire & Coach James Ambrose "Buck" Freeman
Coach Frank McGuire & Coach James Ambrose "Buck" Freeman

Team Photos

"1st Team and Coach McGuire" with Tony Radovich

"1st Team and Coach McGuire" with Tony Radovich

Coach Frank McGuire with Gerhmann Holland (#31), Ken Rosemond (#11), Stan Groll (#43), and Bill Hathaway (#30). 
		  In the background, Lennie Rosenbluth (left) and Joe Quigg looking on.

Coach Frank McGuire with Gerhmann Holland (#31), Ken Rosemond (#11), Stan Groll (#43), and Bill Hathaway (#30). In the background, Lennie Rosenbluth (left) and Joe Quigg looking on.

Tall Team & McGuire

Tall Team & McGuire

Tall Team & McGuire

Kearns, Brennan, Rosenbluth, Cunningham

Kearns, Brennan, Rosenbluth, Cunningham

Sophmores and Coach Freeman Sophmores and Coach Freeman
Frank McGuire and Lennie Rosenbluth at Raleigh-Durham airport, 1957.

Frank McGuire and Lennie Rosenbluth at Raleigh-Durham airport, 1957.

Coach Frank McGuire & Forward Lennie Rosenbluth

Coach Frank McGuire & Forward Lennie Rosenbluth

The Regular Season

Regular Season Game against Duke

Regular Season Game against Duke

Regular Season Game against Duke

Regular Season Game against Duke

 

1956 Dixie Basketball Classic

Second round of the Dixie Classic vs Duke

Second round of the Dixie Classic vs Duke

 

Second round of the Dixie Classic vs Duke

Wake Forest Championship Game

Tommy Kearns shooting a layup

Wake Forest Championship Game

Lennie Rosenbluth

Lennie Rosenbluth
Dixie Classic

Lennie Rosenbluth Dixie Classic - Cutting down the net

Lennie Rosenbluth Dixie Classic - Cutting down the net

The team with the net

The team with the net

Coaches McGuire and Bradley after Dixie Classic

Coaches McGuire and Bradley (Duke) after Dixie Classic

Team after the Dixie Classic Semifinal against Duke

1957 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament

Round one of the ACC Tournament vs Clemson

Round one of the ACC Tournament vs Clemson

Round one of the ACC Tournament vs Clemson

Round one of the ACC Tournament vs Clemson

Semifinal of the ACC Tournament vs Wake Forest

Semifinal of the ACC Tournament vs Wake Forest

Semifinal of the ACC Tournament vs Wake Forest

Semifinal of the ACC Tournament vs Wake Forest

ACC Tournament championship game vs South Carolina

ACC Tournament championship game vs South Carolina

ACC Tournament championship game vs South Carolina

ACC Tournament championship game vs South Carolina

Bob Cunningham shooting from foul line

Bob Cunningham shooting from foul line during pre-game practice vs South Carolina for the ACC Tournament championship, Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, 1957.

ACC Tournament championship game vs South Carolina

ACC Tournament championship game vs South Carolina

Tommy Kearns with Pete Brennan and Danny Soltz

Celebrating the National Championship

Crowd scene

Crowd scene, including person waving a "rebel flag," during the victory celebration on Franklin Street near campus of the University of North Carolina after the basketball team defeated the University of Kansas for national championship, 23 March 1957. Photographer Roland Giduz.

People in trees during the victory celebration

People in trees during the victory celebration on Franklin Street near campus of the University of North Carolina after the basketball team defeated the University of Kansas for national championship, 23 March 1957. Photographer Roland Giduz

"Victory—Kansas–U.N.C. Basketball celebration"

"Victory—Kansas–U.N.C. Basketball celebration" (identification on mounted photograph)

1957 License Plate presented by the Knights of Pythias

1957 License Plate presented by the Knights of Pythias

Coach and Mrs. McGuire with their blue and white cadillac
Coach and Mrs. McGuire with their blue and white cadillac
Coach and Mrs. McGuire with their blue and white cadillac
Coach and Mrs. McGuire with their blue and white cadillac

Other Resources in the North Carolina Collection about the Championship Season and its team.

The Season Schedule and Scores

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