The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public university located in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The UNCW athletic teams for both men and women are known as the Seahawks. They are a member of the NCAA's Division I and compete in the Colonial Athletic Association. There are 19 varsity athletic teams for men and women. UNCW has the best student-athlete graduation for non-football playing Division I public universities in the state, with 74 percent.
The Men's Basketball team has won the CAA Championship in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2006. In their first trip to the NCAA Tournament, they lost to the 2nd seeded Cincinnati 64 to 47. In their second trip (2002), the 13th seeded Seahawks shocked the 4th seeded Trojans of USC with a 93-89 overtime win. They were defeated by Indiana in the second round, 76-66. The third trip (2003) had the Seahawks face off Maryland. Maryland won the game 75-73 with the help of a nearly half court buzzer beater 3-point shot. Freshman John Goldsberry set an NCAA Tournament record by shooting 8 for 8 on 3-point shots. In 2006 they earned a 9th seed, their highest ever seed, and faced off against the underrated #8 seed George Washington Colonials. GW was slotted to get a #4-#7 seed, so the Seahawks had a tougher 1st round opponent than most #9 seeds. Despite an excellent 1st half, the Seahawks were unable to hold off a huge surge by GW in the second half and lost in overtime 88-85. In 2007 they posted a dismal 7-22 record.