March 20, 2010

North Carolina preview

Perennial powerhouse North Carolina will travel with the borders of the Magnolia State for the first time ever today to take on top-seeded Mississippi State in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament at 11 a.m.

It is a rare occasion when the Bulldogs and Tar Heels have met on the hardwood. The two teams have squared off four previous times but the last meeting came 46 years ago. North Carolina is also the first non-SEC team with a national title to play at Humphrey Coliseum. UNC has won five national championships including last season's crown.

The Tar Heels are 4-0 against MSU on neutral courts last winning 84-80 at the 1964 Virginia Tech Invitational. It also marks the first head-to-head meeting between veteran head coaches Rick Stansbury and Roy Williams.

The Bulldogs won their opening round game Tuesday night disposing of instate opponent Jackson State 81-67 improving their overall NIT record to 7-6 in their seventh year in the tournament. The victory also upped their record to 24-11 on the season.

State is shooting 43.5-percent and averaging 72.8 points per game. They have also set a school record knocking down 318 3-point shots hitting 38.6-percent from the outside. The Bulldogs have also made 68.5-percent from the free throw line. Opponents are shooting just 38.6-percent against them averaging 64.6 points.

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