North Carolina looks determined not to play the part of a beatable favorite at the Maui Invitational, a showcase built on upsets.
Instead, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels used their first game in Hawaii as a tune-up for their players, easily beating Mississippi State 95-49 on Monday. North Carolina is the only ranked team in the field.
''We just had too many players for them- everybody started feeling good and the ball kept going in the basket,'' North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.
Leslie McDonald scored 21 points as one of five Tar Heels in double-figures. P.J. Hairston had 18 points in 15 minutes, Reggie Bullock had 16 points, and Dexter Strickland and James McAdoo each scored 10.
Roquez Johnson led the Bulldogs in defeat with 12 points.
The Tar Heels (4-0) scored the game's first nine points and led 29-6 in less than 10 minutes. Mississippi State never came closer than 20 points behind after that. A fade-away 3-pointer from Hairston put UNC up 42 with 5:30...