Berry's injuries give Tar Heels familiar drama at Final Four

To a man, the Tar Heels said that what gave them trouble previous year, and what the team needs to prepare for this season, is the fact that the seats are so far behind the basket.

The Tar Heels reek of old-school. Coaches say experience, talent and preparation all help in those tight situations. "That's something that's been important for us ever since I started coaching, and I still believe that".

Altman, 58, needed the four wins this year to get to a 13-12 record during March Madness.

FIRST TO 80: The North Carolina-Oregon game should be one where both teams try and get out and run, a lot. "If we wanted to do things individually, we would have just stayed where we were at". That gives SC a different look than they had with the big lineup that we faced. Given the success Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon-a player of similar build and style-has had in his first year at the next level, you'd think teams outside the lottery would be lining up to take a flyer on Thornwell. These stadiums seat more fans, but are often lit differently than basketball arenas, and provide other obstacles that make it hard for offensive players, particularly when shooting from the outside. Winning the tournament will put him in the same conversation as Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton, which I didn't see happening at the beginning at the season when many titled UNC as the nation's best team. North Carolina beat seeds 2, 4, 8 and 16.

"But in my off night when I'm in the gym or something I might do that two or three times the whole time I'm in there, and it normally doesn't go in", Chiozza said.

EXPERIENCE MATTERS: Before this tournament, South Carolina's last NCAA win was in 1973. "I feel like we need some security around campus". They have been pointing to these next two games since the final buzzer sounded on last year's title game.

Yet he had shown a soft shooting touch and the ability to pull defending big men out to the perimeter. Mississippi State got a special performance from Morgan William against Baylor and someone will have to step up and generate shots and points against a very underrated UConn defense. While that may be surprising, if you look back throughout Gonzaga's past teams, they tend to not meet expectations in March. He still has yet to find his way out of foul trouble, even within the game's first few minutes on many occasions much like former Tar Heel forward James Michael McAdoo. The Ducks do it more through athleticism and effort, especially after losing shot-blocking stretch-forward Chris Boucher to a torn ACL in the Pac-12 tournament. He's made the Elite Eight another four times. The Ducks feature five players averaging over 10 ppg, with Brooks at the forefront of the scoring at 16ppg on the season.

We think the game should be play at Dillon High School. "But we will have our work cut out for us on Saturday".

OR junior forward Dillon Brooks was named a Second Team All-American this season.

But they lead Division I in offensive rebounding, gathering 49.1 percent of their own misses.

Joel Berry, North Carolina.

North Carolina is making a return trip to the Final Four here, past year they got to the title game but lost on the last-second shot from Kris Jenkins of Villanova. His jumper with 0.3 seconds left beat Kentucky 75-73. This has been a point of concern throughout the season, but hopefully the game against Kentucky can provide some insight on how UNC will respond to outside shooting. North Carolina is the favorite to win it all due to their experience, but as we saw past year, when you get this far, anything can happen.

  • Julie Sanders