The Tar Heels (16-16) earned a No. 4 seed in the NIT on Sunday night despite losing five of their last seven games. They will host No. 5 seed William & Mary on Tuesday in Chapel Hill, which will mark the program's first NIT appearance since Matt Doherty's final season in 2003. North Carolina made it to the third round before losing to Georgetown that season.
Coach Roy Williams had said he would be happy to play in the NIT if the selection committee deemed the Tar Heels worthy despite their struggles this year. The players also said they wanted to keep playing after losing to Georgia Tech in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.