Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tar Heels back in, but tough road ahead

Even after the disappointment of losing in the ACC tournament title game on Sunday, North Carolina forward John Henson was looking forward to the NCAA Selection Show because "it's another season now. You have a chance. ... And we didn't have this chance last year."

Frankly, the road as the No. 2 seed in the East Region may be difficult - what with a potential match-up with No. 3 Syracuse in Newark , plus being placed in the same region as the overall No. 1 seed, Ohio State -- but anything beats last year for UNC, when it didn't make the NCAA tournament at all.

The Tar Heels (26-7), who had won nine in a row prior to falling to Duke in the tourney final, will open play Friday in Charlotte against Long Island University, which earned the No. 15 seed as the winner of the Northeast Conference.

Game times have not yet been announced.

Barring an upset, UNC would then play the winner of Washington-Georgia at Time Warner Cable Arenas, meaning a match-up with guard Isaiah Thomas., who helped the Huskies win the Pac 10 tournament with a game-winning fadeaway in overtime; or a showdown with No. 10 seed Georgia, which lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.

The Tar Heels' second weekend, should they advance, would mean a trip to Newark - where Syracuse would expect to have a home-court advantage, and UNC could expect to have some problems against the Orange's zone.

Kentucky is the No. 4 seed in the East region.

-- Robbi Pickeral


Anonymous said...

While the Sweet Sixteen on will be tough, UNC probably has the easiest second round game in the entire field.

Plays winner of jet-lagged Washhington from a no-respect Pac-10 vs. a Georgia team that has no business in the tourney? Enjoy the cupcakes before the 'Cuse slugfest.

Anonymous said...

Easiest second round in NCAAs hands down.