UNC Will Play in NIT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina will play host to William & Mary on Tuesday, March 16, at 9:30 p.m. in Carmichael Arena (on ESPN) in the opening round of the 2010 National Invitation Tournament.

"I am pleased that the committee has invited us to play in the NIT," says Roy Williams. "Of course we would have liked to have played better this year and be in the NCAA field, but we did not. But we are happy to still be playing basketball and I hope we will play well in the NIT."

The Tar Heels (16-16) are the No. 4 seed in their eight-team bracket. The Tribe is 22-10 and the fifth seed.

The winner of UNC-William and Mary will face the winner of No. 1 seed Mississippi State and No. 8 seed Jackson State.

This is Carolina's sixth NIT appearance and first since 2003. UNC also played in the event in 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1974, winning the NIT title in 1971.

William and Mary's head coach is Tony Shaver, who played for Coach Dean Smith's Tar Heels from 1972-75. Jonathan Holmes, a UNC guard from 1999-2003, also is an assistant coach for the Tribe.

View the 2010 NIT Bracket


Rams Club members may request tickets on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. either through an online application on their Rams Club account or over the phone at 800-722-4335. Rams Club members will be notified of what tickets they receive by 8 p.m. on Monday. Any leftover tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 16th, at 10 a.m. Tickets have been reduced to $20.

Public parking for the game in Carmichael Arena will primarily be either at the Smith Center (free shuttles to Carmichael beginning at 8 p.m.) or at the Ramshead Parking Deck on Ridge Road. More information on parking will be available at TarHeelBlue.com and UNC's special events parking website.

Student tickets priced at $5 will be available beginning at 10 p.m. Monday on a first-come, first-served basis by logging into their student account at TarHeelBlue.com.

General public tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

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