North Carolina vs. Vermont [Game info and open thread]
About North Carolina:
The Tar Heels (29-5) began the season as the No. 1 team in the nation and remained in the top-10 all year, though the team might have even disappointed a bit--that's how talented they are. North Carolina has just about everything you could want in a team. They have unselfish point guard play from Kendall Marshall, stellar wing play from Harrison Barnes, a stud in the paint in ACC Player of the Year Tyler Zeller, the conference Defensive Player of the Year John Henson and a Hall-of-Fame coach in Roy Williams. Barnes is the team's leading scorer at 17.4 points a game and Henson leads the Tar Heels in rebounding with 10.1 per contest. However, Henson is a game-time decision for the game with Vermont. He missed the ACC Tournament title game against Florida State with a sprained left wrist. As a team North Carolina is second in the country in scoring, first in rebounding and fourth in assists. Not bad.
The Catamounts (24-11) needed to beat Lamar in a play-in game to get into the NCAA Tournament second round. The America East Conference Tournament champions downed the Cardinals 71-59 on Wednesday to earn the right to take on North Carolina in a pseudo-home game for the Tar Heels in Greensboro. Vermont's leading scorer Four McGlynn led the way in the win, with 18 points.
What's at stake?
The winner plays the winner of No. 8 Creighton and No. 9 Alabama.
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