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01 April, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Felix Jensen

"I've got butterflies right now", he said to Sports360AZ.com Thursday afternoon. But when he watched OR, he might have gotten a nightmare OR two. Five years later, I cried when Dwayne Wade and Marquette took out our best team since the last time the Wildcats won a title. OR will have something to say about that. He is averaging a double-double in NCAA tournament play to go along with 2.5 blocks a game, and it could be argued Meeks was the Tar Heels most valuable player for the South Region. The junior has made almost half of his shots in the last two games and has had no problems getting to the line.

As always, if it is my last preview of the year, it's been a pleasure.

The glaring weakness on this team may not even be a factor on Saturday night, as it affects the health of the team's starting point guard. I think guard Joel Berry needs to play well for the Tar Heels and his ankle will have had another week to heal by tipoff. I worry most about the Zags path to the title game, assuming they get there. "I miss them a lot". Whether she was just militant about my bedtime or wanted to spare me the growing possibility of a loss, didn't she know these were the "Comeback Cats?"

It's not as if OR doesn't have valuable tournament experience of their own, though. But this was true of Kansas too, and the Ducks didn't back down from that challenge. Three years after that, a tough but lesser-talented team led by Ramel Bradley, Joe Crawford and Jody Meeks struggled to an NIT bid.

OR isn't a very deep team.

And then arguably the best high school athlete from Charlotte became more popular for being a parent than a player.

One common thread among UNC's past title teams - and for the most part, any group that wins a national championship - is that they've all featured multiple stars.

Opponents of the Tar Heels have had to lean on three-point shooting to defeat them, but they do a decent job of defending the arc - North Carolina is allowing opponents to shoot just under 34 percent from that area of the floor this season. So they can defend without fouling.

OR is 6-4 when it shoots less than 50 percent from two this season (also 6-4 when shooting less than 33.3 percent from three) and their losses tend to be more about what they do offensively rather than what their opponents do offensively. When the season began, OR was ranked ahead of Carolina. The Tar Heels will have to play smarter than they have at times this NCAA Tournament and they will really have to exploit their size advantage.

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McGrath said players stay at Carolina despite adversity, mostly, for the simple reason that they are happy. The Ducks, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest, have taken a step further than last season, when they lost in the Elite Eight.

Rangers: Every time someone touches Adrian Beltre's head, he tries to duck out of the way. I'm not going to.

North Carolina, then, will arrive in Greater Phoenix this weekend lonely in two feats. People love to root for the longshot and William Hill sportsbooks have SC as the longest odds remaining at 15-to-2.

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Despite all the hoopla, Maye is just about ready to put the shot behind him. It needed what he gave them. "It's a matter of just getting into the game and not worrying about it. But I could lose myself when I went out on the court with those guys". "We are facing a team that's really good inside".

With families and friends rolling into town Friday, Martin said the team has established rules for when and when players can hang out with hangers-on. "But he's a real humble guy and a great player".

Butler broke his previous career best for assists (12) by the end of a pivotal third quarter, when Chicago stretched a one-point lead at the half to 91-79 going into the fourth.

Bell's strong play inside has been a shot in the arm for Oregon. Missing Boucher has hurt and will continue to hurt Oregon. Months later, Chris Boucher went down injured for the season.

It's hard to pick a victor in either of these games - all four teams are here for a reason. Containing him is going to be both a chore and key to this one for UNC.

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