North Carolina vs LIU: NCAA Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(2) North Carolina vs. (15) Long Island

East Region - Charlotte

March 18 - 7:15 CBS
 

North Carolina, regular season ACC champions, will get to share their subregional site with rival Duke but the Tar Heels traditionally enjoy the fan edge in the Queen City. Roy Williams' freshmen (Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall) have figured out what they're required to do in their roles and its shown on the floor. But they got off to slow starts in all three ACC Tournament games, and a similar beginning could keep the NEC champion LIU around longer than they're expected to be. The Blackbirds, who are making their first NCAA appearance in more than a decade, are blessed with depth that isn't seen in most 15-seeds especially in the frontcourt with Julian Boyd and Jamal Olasewere leading the way.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

North Carolina

LIU

 

Stars to Watch:

F Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)

F Julian Boyd (Long Island)

 

Vegas Odds:

UNC -18

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: UNC 72 - LIU 69

KenPom: UNC 91 - LIU 73

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: LIU

 

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