The Amazing Story of Carolina Basketball's 2021–2022 Season

By Adam Lucas, Steve Kirschner, Matt Bowers

Foreword by Hubert Davis

176 pp., 8 x 10, 144 color plates, appends

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-7276-2
    Published: November 2022
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-7277-9
    Published: October 2022
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6426-0
    Published: October 2022

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

When Hubert Davis was named head men's basketball coach at the University of North Carolina in April 2021, history had already been made, as Davis became the program's first Black head coach. But after two difficult seasons, it was hard to imagine how quickly a new staff, a new playing style, and a new roster blending established players with prominent transfers and talented freshmen would be able to change the story—except within the fabled Smith Center locker room and practice gyms, where photos of the New Orleans Superdome helped players and staff focus on the possible.

In words and photos full of behind-the-scenes moments, this book reveals how belief in the program's rich traditions and in one another enabled the 2021-2022 Tar Heels to achieve what at times seemed impossible, writing a thrilling new chapter in the story of Carolina basketball. From Davis's remarkable work to build a new staff and roster to the ups and downs of the conference season to the amazing run through March to the pinnacle of the college game, the story takes fans through one of the most dramatic years in program history.

About the Authors

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

Steve Kirschner is senior associate athletic director for sports information and media relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information about Steve Kirschner, visit the Author Page.

Matt Bowers is associate director of athletic communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information about Matt Bowers, visit the Author Page.

Hubert Davis is the twentieth head coach of the University of North Carolina men's basketball program.
For more information about Hubert Davis, visit the Author Page.


"The authors are the ultimate UNC-CH insiders. . . . Their access to the behind-the-scenes story of the 2021-22 season is born out in revelation after revelation throughout the book. . . .What Together does best is introduce readers to the stories of thoughtful and interesting young men they might only know through their television screens. . . . The retelling of these rather mundane moments make a magical season feel even more so."—Wiley Cash, The Assembly NC

“A moving account of the Tar Heels’ run to the final game of the NCAA Tournament . . . in former Carolina player Hubert Davis’ first year as head coach. . . . Carolina fans should enjoy reliving the ups and downs of the tumultuous season.”—Community Sports News

“This team was special. They will never forget what they accomplished this year. And they created them together.”—from the foreword by Head Coach Hubert Davis