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Lucas: An Afternoon with a Legend

It’s not entirely true to say that my main reason for writing a book about the 1957 Carolina basketball team was to meet Frank Deford. But it was one of the primary reasons. In the course of that research, I came across a Sports Illustrated story on the ’57 team written by Frank Deford. In my eyes, Deford was almost as big a star as Lennie Rosenbluth or Pete Brennan.

Joe Quigg, '57 Tar Heels to relive perfect season

Joe Quigg says he still gets goose pumps anytime the '57 champions are recognized for their season under Frank McGuire, the New Yorker who brought "kids" south to include Lennie Rosenbluth from the Bronx along with Bob Cunningham, Danny Lotz, Pete Brennan and Quigg. "Only five us of are left," Quigg says. They'll revel in the moment Saturday.

The Primary Break: UNC-Pitt Quick Takes

With 20 points, Justin Jackson moved past Pete Brennan and Rusty Clark into 39th place in UNC history with 1,344. Danny Green’s 38th with 1,368 points. Kennedy Meeks’ three blocks moved him into a tie with Ed Davis for 15th in Tar Heel history with 129. Joel Berry’s five made 3-pointers give him 140 in his UNC career, moving past Jeff McInnis into 17th place all-time.

Lucas: Seniors Ready For Responsibility

Part of Carolina’s senior class has already accomplished something that hasn’t been done by a pair of Tar Heel seniors in nearly 60 years. Marcus Paige was a first-team All-ACC pick last year, and Brice Johnson earned a third-team nod. That makes them the first UNC returning seniors to have junior year All-ACC credentials since Tommy Kearns and Pete Brennan during the 1957-58 campaign.

Lucas: Lotz Played Role On Legendary Team

Danny Lotz, who died Wednesday at the age of 78, loved to joke about his role on the 1957 Carolina national championship team. At 6-foot-7, Lotz provided valuable size for a team that was depth-shy in the post. But he also knew head coach Frank McGuire preferred to use primarily his five starters—Lennie Rosenbluth, Joe Quigg, Tom Kearns, Bob Cunningham and Pete Brennan.

Ranking college basketball's history of 30-0 teams

7. 1956-57 North Carolina Tar Heels. Went 32-0 and won the NCAA title. Maybe the most overlooked dominant team in the history of the sport. The Tar Heels, coached by Frank McGuire, are led by Lennie Rosenbluth's 28.0 points per game and Pete Brennan's 10.4 boards average (Rosenbluth's 895 points that season is still a school record). UNC took down Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas in the title game, a triple-overtime 54-53 burner.

Remembering true champ Pete Brennan

Pete Brennan, member of the 1957 national championship Tar Heels, the 1958 ACC player of the year and a member of the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, recently died of cancer. A 6-foot-11 center, Brennan averaged 23.7 points and 11.7 rebounds his senior year. He is 12th on the school's career rebounding list, and he accomplished that feat in three years because freshmen were ineligible when he played.

Friends And Family Say Goodbye To Pete Brennan

Friends and family of UNC basketball legend Pete Brennan gathered to celebrate his life Friday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Brennan died of prostate cancer in Durham, at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation last Friday.

Who belongs on UNC’s version of Mount Rushmore?

With the recent passing of football great Mike Voigt and basketball star Pete Brennan, a member of UNC’s undefeated 1957 national championship team, I began thinking about which all-time legends would be included on Tar Heels’ version of the world’s most famous monument. It didn’t take long to realize that at least four of the choices are no-brainers.

Recalling Incalculable Joy

For most dedicated Tar Heel fans, thoughts of the 1957 season are never very far from our minds. Easy to recall this week with the passing of handsome Pete Brennan, the small forward on the team and one of the “Four Catholics” recruited by Frank McGuire to join Lennie Rosenbluth and give UNC a truly legendary story to share forever.

Former UNC star Pete Brennan dies at 75

Former UNC basketball star Pete Brennan, whose crucial shot in the semifinals helped the Tar Heels win the 1957 national championship, died Friday after a fight with cancer. Brennan was a member of the 1957 team that went unbeaten and won the national championship with a triple-overtime victory over Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas.

Pete Brennan's shot in '57 Final Four will live on for ages

There’s a case to be argued that Pete Brennan made the most important shot in ACC basketball history. The former UNC star died from cancer in Chapel Hill Friday at the age of 75, but his legacy may last as long as ACC teams contend for national basketball championships. A street-tough but affable 6-foot-5 forward from Brooklyn, it was Brennan and not teammate Lennie Rosenbluth, who hit the first crucial shot in the 1957 Final Four in Kansas City.

Lucas: Brennan's Shot Changed History

Pete Brennan always maintained he was all alone when he hoisted the jumper that preserved Carolina's storybook undefeated 1957 championship season. The best shooters, of course, always think they are open. Brennan passed away Friday after a battle with cancer. He had been surrounded by family, friends, and--not surprisingly, given the close-knit nature of the '57 team--teammates in his final days.

Pete Brennan, Tar Heel Legend, Dies At 75

Tar Heel basketball legend Pete Brennan, the 1958 ACC Player of the Year and a pivotal member of the 1957 NCAA championship, passed away on Friday afternoon. He was 75. Brennan was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer; his condition took a turn for the worse earlier this week. He passed away in Durham, at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation.

Pete Brennan: Shot of His Life

Today, the shot of his life for Pete Brennan is what he calls a “miracle drug” named Lupron, which he is taking to slow down and contain the prostate cancer that has spread to a nearby bone mass. Brennan, 6-7 and 220 pounds in his playing days, is in tough shape at UNC Hospitals as he also fights to recover from severe Diverticulitis that requires heavy-duty antibiotics.

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