Unfinished: Tar Heels, Oregon try to get it right this time

PHOENIX (AP) - Consider North Carolina the tour guide at this year's Final Four.

Smith wasn't wrong when he said this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity, but unlike OR, which last came to this event 78 years ago, the top-seeded Tar Heels are veterans of this event. But now, they're two wins away from the team's second championship. "He brings in the fact that we really locked in defensively down the stretch a year ago". "I don't think anybody on our team is going to dedicate that one responsibility to just me, so I think everybody is going to crack down on their bigs and really just get in there".

"They're not going to try and shake you".

"I could have forced something up", Pinson said, "but if I give him a good pick to hit him in his pocket and give him a wide-open shot, we could take that all day". "I think I'll be effective", he said. As the Tar Heels acknowledged on Friday that their jobs include coaxing fouls from Bell, Bell acknowledged that the Tar Heels present something different altogether.

In the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, Maye got some extra tutelage from one of the greatest shooters in ACC history, North Carolina State University's Rodney Monroe. The shot not only sent the Tar Heels to Glendale, but also launched Maye into iconic territory in Chapel Hill.

"I just think about it all the time", said Joel Berry II, one of three current Tar Heels who were on the floor when Jenkins hit the game-winning shot. UNC limited UK's freshman guards, Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox, to 25 combined points after the pair had scored 71 combined points in the first matchup. According to ESPN Stats & Info, it's the first meeting between Final Four first-timers since 1973.

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What will not happen, North Carolina Coach Roy Williams said, is his big men shooting fadeaways or three-point shots.

"The thing I'm really most pleased with Tyler is not only has his scoring increased, his rebounding production", said OR coach Dana Altman. The key to success this season for the Ducks has been their consistency, failing to show any glaring weakness throughout the entirety of the regular season.

Forward Luke Maye came off the bench to average 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games in the South regional in Memphis. Karnowski averages 12.2 points in a balanced scoring effort.

His teammates saw the potential in practice from a player who modeled his game after Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.

OR comes in making its first Final Four since winning the first ever NCAA Basketball Championship in 1939.

And Oregon? Well, the Ducks have been to the tournament before and won it all.

Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, has double-digit rebounds in six straight games.

Gonzaga opened as a 6 1/2-point favorite against SC in the opening game next Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Matchup to Watch: Dorsey has recently delivered some monstrous performances and has been one of the top players in the NCAA Tournament.

However, despite outscoring opponents by a combined margin of 60 points in four tournament wins, the Tar Heels have been a shaky bet, covering just twice in those outings, and a middling 10 times in their past 21 overall contests.

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"Everybody falls in love with the campus", junior Justin Jackson said. Tyler Dorsey's timely shots have kept things opened for Dillon Brooks, and Jordan Bell has thrived in an increased role since the injury to Chris Boucher. "She likes certain aspects of the team, and North Carolina has had a lot of basketball success, and OR only has that one banner".

Brooks did a fantastic job against Josh Jackson in the Elite Eight, holding the potential National Basketball Association lottery pick to only 10 points in their 74-60 blowout win.

Series History: UNC leads the all-time series, 4-0.

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