2017 UNC North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Basketball championship ring
The 2017–18 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team will represent the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach will be Roy Williams, who will be in his 15th season as UNC's head men's basketball coach. The Tar Heels will play their home games at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels are the defending National Champions.
The 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 68 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college basketball national champion for the 2016–17 season. The 79th edition of the tournament began on March 14, 2017, and concluded with the championship game on April 3 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The championship game was the first to be contested in a Western state since 1995 when Seattle, Washington, was the host of the Final Four for that year.
In the Final Four, North Carolina beat Oregon (making their first Final Four appearance since 1939) while Gonzaga defeated South Carolina (making their first ever Final Four appearance). North Carolina then defeated Gonzaga 71–65 to win the national championship.