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November 18, 2012Game Day
Date: Monday, November 19, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Location: Maui, Hawaii - Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
TV: ESPN2 (Watch Online)
Announcers: Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) & Jimmy Dykes (color analyst)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 123, XM 191)
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Eric Montross (color analyst) & Dave Nathan (host)
Rankings: Mississippi State: Not Ranked; North Carolina: AP - 11 USA Today - 11
Coaches: Rick Ray (1-1 at MSU; 1-1 Overall); Roy Williams (260-68 at UNC; 678-169 Overall)
Mississippi State at a glance
NORTH CAROLINA: In its last outing, Carolina won at Long Beach State 78-63 on Friday night, hitting seven second half three-pointers and pulling away after leading the 49ers by one point at halftime. After Long Beach State led 43-42 with 15:44 left in the game, the Tar Heels went on a 22-5 run over a span of 5:48 to seize control of the game. The Tar Heels had combined to hit just seven three-pointers in 27 attempts in their first two games of the season against Gardner-Webb and Florida Atlantic but hit 7 of 13 in the final 20 minutes against the 49ers. UNC finished with 10 three-pointers in 26 attempts in the game. Marcus Paige (3 for 6), Reggie Bullock (3 for 9) and P.J. Hairston (3 for 7) each hit three treys in the win, and Leslie McDonald (1 for 3) also connected from long range.
Mississippi State-North Carolina Series
Mississippi State-North Carolina Notes
MSU: Through two games, Mississippi State's defense has proven to be one of the best in the SEC. Currently, MSU is third in the league in points allowed (57.0), fifth in field goal percentage defense (34.7), second in steals (11.0) and second in turnovers forced (19.5). Fred Thomas is also fourth in the league in steals at 3.0 an outing, while Colin Borchert is tied for fifth in blocked shots at 2.0
MSU: Against Florida Atlantic on Tuesday, Mississippi State turned in one of its finest defensive performances in years. The Bulldogs forced 27 turnovers, the most since Loyola-New Orleans had 32 in December of 1996. They also collected 17 steals, the most since having 20 in November of 2001 against Nicholls State.
MSU: With his 4-of-4 performance at the free throw line at Troy, junior guard Jalen Steele has now made 23-straight free throws dating back to last season. His last miss came with 5:13 to play against Northwestern State on Dec. 22, 2011, in Jackson.
MSU: The Bulldogs opened the regular season at Troy with a roster that featured seven new players. Only five players return from last year's squad that posted 21 wins, a total that includes walk-ons Baxter Price and Tyson Cunningham. The other three returnees are Wendell Lewis, Roquez Johnson and Jalen Steele. Of the seven newcomers this season, five are freshmen.
UNC: Carolina is 13-2 all-time in the Maui Invitational, winning the tournament in the 1999-2000, 2004-05 and 2008-09 seasons and reaching the finals in 1989-90 and 1995-96. The Tar Heels have reached the championship game in all five of their previous appearances in the event.
UNC: The winner between MSU and UNC will advance to face the winner of Monday's game between Butler and Marquette on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. in Hawaii). The losers of Monday's games will play in the consolation bracket on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (9:30 a.m. in Hawaii).
UNC: After the three games in Maui this week, the Tar Heel traveling party will fly home on Thursday night and arrive back in North Carolina on Friday afternoon. The Tar Heels' next game after the Maui Invitational will come on Tuesday Nov. 27 at top-ranked Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Mississippi State and UNC Athletic Communications