North Carolina senior Deon Thompson admitted that its been tough to watch the opening-round games of the NCAA Tournament the past few days.
For the past three seasons, Thompson has been a part of teams that have contended for Final Four spots, and he made it to two.
But this season, Thompson and his teammates are trying to reach a different final four, that of the NIT. The Tar Heels are two wins from that distinction as they visit No. 1-seeded Mississippi State today in the second round (noon, ESPN).
Heels hope for success in first trip to Mississippi
The Durham Herald-Sun
Over the past two games, North Carolina sophomore forward Tyler Zeller has scored 30 points, recorded the first double-double of his career and sealed a first-round National Invitation Tournament victory with a steal-and-dunk in the final minute.
It makes you wonder what might have been - for both Zeller and the fourth-seeded Tar Heels, as they prepare to play at No. 1 seed Mississippi State today in the second round of the NIT - had the 7-footer not missed 10 ACC games with a stress fracture in his right foot.
But Zeller said he prefers not to wonder "what if?"
Zeller refuses to wonder what if
The News and Observer
Mississippi State rebounded nicely from its devastating loss to 2nd-ranked Kentucky in the finals of the SEC Tournament by upending Jackson State in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday.
Now, the rejuvenated and well-rested Bulldogs face another monumental task on Saturday when defending national champion North Carolina visits Humphrey Coliseum for the first time ever in an 11 a.m. showdown to be televised by ESPN.
Miss. State Bulldogs host defending national champions in second round
The Desoto Times
North Carolina, the 2009 NCAA men's national champion, visits Mississippi State and Humphrey Coliseum for the first time today in an 11 a.m. NIT showdown televised by ESPN.
The two school have met five times, with the Tar Heels holding a 4-0 edge. They have not met since 1965.
Tar Heels face Bulldogs in second-round NIT game
The Sun Herald
Dee Bost is looking forward to Mississippi State's game against North Carolina in the second round of the NIT.
The sophomore point guard, of Concord, N.C., believes he has something to prove when Mississippi State (24-11) hosts North Carolina (17-16) at Humphrey Coliseum at 11 a.m. Saturday.
MSU's Bost motivated for North Carolina
The Starkville Dispatch