If there is one thing that you can say about UNC Basketball when it comes to tournaments is that the program does enjoy going to the Maui Invitational. When #9 North Carolina (4-0) defeated Mississippi State (1-2) by the final of 95 to 49 it was the 14th win (out of 16 games) overall and the tenth straight game that the Tar Heels have won in this tournament, which they have won three times.
Before I talk about the game, which in many ways was over before the first television time out and without a doubt before the first half had hit the ten minute mark, let’s just say that the Bulldogs are not a good team. Their first year coach has assembled a team with some left over players from the former man at the helm, some JUCO talent and some first year recruits. But between injuries and disciplinary problems this team is going to see much more losses than wins in the 2012-13 campaign. On the other hand, this does not mean that what the Heels did in this game is something to just set asid...
Let's get this out of the way upfront. Mississippi State is not a good team. It is a team cobbled together from a couple of veterans, freshmen and JUCO transfers meaning this is going to be a rough season for the Bulldogs. That doesn't mean this game lacked value for UNC. If anything this game was about confidence. The more a team play well together, sees three pointers go...
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ROBERT BROWN (Lynn Hey/News & Record/AP Photo)#9 NORTH CAROLINA 95, Mississippi State (Bulldogs, 24,424 students, Starkville, MS) 49 - Recap.WAKE FOREST 74, Mercer (Bears, 5,500 students, Macon, GA) 71 - Recap.VIRGINIA 63, Lamar (Cardinals, 10,500 students, Beaumont, TX) 44 - Recap.VIRGINIA TECH 96, UNC Greensboro (Spartans, 18,502 students, Greensboro, NC) 87 - Recap.
North Carolina cruised into the Maui Invitational semifinals with a rout of Mississippi State. Butler advanced in spectacular, buzzer-beating fashion over Marquette. The two teams meet on Tuesday at the Lahaina Civic Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST on ESPN.