Carolina Basketball Museum

The Triangle

Regardless of allegiances, any basketball fan will appreciate this small but well-done temple to Tar Heel hoops. The numbers say it all – six national championships, 20 final-four appearances, 31 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular-season championships and 47 NBA first-round draft picks. Memorabilia, trophies and video footage abound, including Michael Jordan’s original signed national letter of intent and other recruiting documents.

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