March 24, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys defeated Eastern Washington University, 78-71, on Thursday, March 20 in the First Round of the 2003 Owens Corning National Invitation Tournament to advance to a Second Round game at North Carolina on Monday, March 24. That Second Round NIT game will tip at 6:00 p.m., Mountain time (8:00 p.m., Eastern time).
Wyoming (21-10, 8-6 in the Mountain West Conference) will face North Carolina (18-15, 6-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) for the first meeting between the two schools.
Here are some quick facts on the University of North Carolina.
Location Chapel Hill, N.C.
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Affiliation NCAA Division I
Nickname Tar Heels
Colors Carolina Blue and White
Chancellor Dr. James Moeser
Athletics Director Dick Baddour
Basketball Coach Matt Doherty
North Carolina is one of the winningest programs in NCAA history. UNC is ranked No. 2 in NCAA history in terms of wins with 1,807. Kentucky is the only other Division I team that has won over 1,800 games.
The Tar Heels are also the winningest program in Atlantic Coast Conference history. UNC has won 502 ACC games -- the only conference team to win over 500 in conference play.
The North Carolina Tar Heels began the 2002-03 season in impressive fashion, winning their first five games of the season and capturing the 2002 Preseason NIT Championship.
In that Preseason NIT run, the Tar Heels defeated Kansas, 67-56, and Stanford, 74-57.
North Carolina posted that strong start with three freshmen starters -- the first time in school history that the Tar Heels started three freshmen.
One of those outstanding freshmen Sean May, the son of former Indiana University All-American Scott May, broke a bone in his right foot on Dec. 27. He was out of action from Dec. 28 through March 14 due to the injury. But he did come back to play on March 15 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals against Duke, playing 10 minutes. May did not see any action in the First Round NIT win over DePaul on March 18.
The UNC freshmen who made the biggest impacts this season were point guard Raymond Felton and forward Rashad McCants.
Felton earned Third Team All-ACC honors as a freshman, while averaging 12.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.
McCants led the Tar Heels in scoring this season, averaging 16.6 points per game. He earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors.
The third Tar Heel to earn ACC accolades was sophomore Jawad Williams, who like McCants was an Honorable Mention honoree. Williams led UNC in rebounding, pulling down 5.7 rebounds per outing. He was second to McCants in scoring at 14.8 per game.
Matt Doherty is in his third season as head coach at his alma mater. Doherty was a starting forward on North Carolina's 1982 NCAA Championship team. His teammates on that '82 National Championship team were: Jimmy Black, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and James Worthy.