Carolina Basketball's 2016–2017 Journey from Heartbreak to History

By Adam Lucas, Steve Kirschner, Matt Bowers

Foreword by Roy Williams

224 pp., 9 x 10, 195 color plates, appends

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3211-7
    Published: October 2017
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3212-4
    Published: September 2017

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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Athletics

This is the story of a national championship that was a year in the making.

Redemption: Carolina Basketball's 2016–2017 Journey from Heartbreak to History is a behind-the-scenes look at the Tar Heels' ride to the 2017 national title. Featuring never-before-published, exclusive photographs that will take readers from the practice court and game action to the team bus and locker room, this book is the most complete chronicle of a UNC national championship ever made. In addition to the full-color images, the book also includes interviews with the players and coaches that can only be found here, a foreword by head coach Roy Williams, and exciting new stories from Adam Lucas, Steve Kirschner, and Matt Bowers, who accompanied the team every step of the way.

Much more than a detailed account of Carolina's 33 victories, Redemption describes the amazing journey of one of UNC's most inspiring championships, from heartbreak in Houston to the storybook finish in Phoenix. Here readers can get the team's perspective on what propelled them to a title and find out what moments the players and coaches considered most important, both on and off the court. The result is a must-have book for Tar Heel fans everywhere.

About the Authors

Adam Lucas is a featured columnist at, the official website of Carolina Athletics, and the author of Carolina Basketball: A Century of Excellence.
For more information about Adam Lucas, visit the Author Page.

Steve Kirschner is senior associate athletic director for communications at the University of North Carolina.
For more information about Steve Kirschner, visit the Author Page.

Matt Bowers is associate director of athletic communications at UNC.
For more information about Matt Bowers, visit the Author Page.


"There were seven seconds to play, and we had four guys on the court in tears.... The players' emotions came pouring out in front of the whole world, and none of them cared because they were all in, all year, and they will carry those memories for all time."--Head Coach Roy Williams, from the Foreword