Previewing William & Mary

No one claims that NIT success will right the wrong that was North Carolina's 2009-10 regular season, but the Tar Heels are embracing the opportunity to play on. UNC faces William & Mary in Tuesday's first round. Tip-off at Carmichael Arena is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.

North Carolina (16-16, 5-11) vs. William & Mary (22-10, 12-6 CAA)
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Carmichael Arena
9:30 p.m. ESPN (Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes)


"Seeing we were playing against North Carolina was very exciting. The only disappointment, quite honestly, is that we're playing down there and not at home. I think it's a real injustice. But we'll go play anywhere and any time right now." – William & Mary head coach Tony Shaver

"I thought, that can't be right. That was a surprise. But if the fourth seed is playing the fifth seed, the fourth seed should be the host." – UNC head coach Roy Williams on his team's opening home game

"Our styles are different, but what we both learned from Coach [Dean] Smith is still there. Things like the importance of chemistry and how well you play together. And the importance of fundamentals, whether you're playing a fast-pace style like they are or a little bit more deliberate like we are." – Shaver


Season to Date: William & Mary enters Tuesday night's contest with a 22-10 (12-6 CAA) record. The Tribe finished the regular ranked No. 58 in the NCAA RPI standings. Shaver's squad owns six wins against RPI Top 75 teams – No. 24 Maryland, No. 25 Richmond, No. 39 Wake Forest, No. 66 VCU and No. 75 Northeastern (twice). The wins over the Terrapins and Demon Deacons occurred on the road.

Late Game Dave: David Schneider earned second-team All-CAA honors after averaging 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this season, but his late-game heroics are what have picked up regional headlines. On four different occasions, the senior guard has made clutch plays to propel his team to victory. He connected on a free throw with 3.1 seconds left to provide the game-winning point over VCU, 75-74, early in the year and then drained two 3-pointers in the final 32 seconds of overtime at Delaware in rallying from a seven-point deficit. The 6-3 guard then hit a game-winning lay-up against George Mason in the final minute before drilling a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to give William & Mary a 47-45 victory over No. 2 seed Northeastern in the Colonial Athletics Association semifinals last weekend.

Bombs Away: The Tribe set a CAA record for 3-pointers made this season with 279 treys. Shaver's squad is hitting 8.7 3-pointers per game (9th nationally) at a 35.0 percent rate (126th). William & Mary has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers on 14 occasions this season. Sophomore forward Quinn McDowell has established himself as one of the top 3-point shooters in the CAA, knocking down 42.6 percent of his long range attempts.

Familiar Faces: Shaver, who played at UNC from 1972-75, earned a number of coach of the year honors after leading W&M to one of the best seasons in school history. After being tabbed the CAA Coach of the Year for the second time in three years, he also received District Coach of the Year honors from the NABC.

Stat to Watch: The Tribe ranks 11th nationally in turnovers per game (10.6), while North Carolina holds down the No. 282 spot (15.4).

Random Fact of the Day: William & Mary's basketball program has been in existence five years longer than North Carolina's, but the Tribe will be making just their second postseason appearance in their 105-year history. The College has never won a postseason contest, losing its first round game in the 1983 NIT to Virginia Tech, 85-79.

Last Meeting: North Carolina defeated William & Mary, 105-66, on Jan. 2, 2005, at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Sean May led all scorers with 24 points, while Jawad Williams (19 points), Rashad McCants (15) and Marvin Williams (14) also scored in double figures for the Tar Heels.

Series History:The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with William & Mary, 17-3. UNC has won five straight against the Tribe.

Projected Starters:
24 Sean McCurdy (6-1, 184, Sr.) – 4.7 ppg, 3.3 apg
2 David Schneider (6-3, 190, Sr.) – 15.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg
20 Quinn McDowell (6-6, 212, So.) – 13.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg
22 Danny Sumner (6-7, 225, Sr.) – 10.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg
45 Marcus Kitts (6-9, 230, Jr.) – 6.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Top Reserves:
00 Steven Hess (6-10, 245, Sr.) – 4.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
33 JohnMark Ludwick (6-8, 230, So.) – 3.8 ppg
31 Matt Rum (6-4, 180, Fr.) – 2.8 ppg
23 Kyle Gailard (6-7, 210, Fr.) – 2.8 ppg

W&M Info
Roster & Bios

Location: Williamsburg, Va.

Enrollment: 7,625
Conference: Colonial
Nickname: Tribe
Colors: Green, Gold, Silver
Head Coach: Tony Shaver
Record at W&M: 87-123

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