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Posted on: April 18, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Making the Leap: Barnes returns to UNC

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Kentucky, it’s your move.

The return of John Henson and Tyler Zeller to the frontcourt was enough to make North Carolina a legitimate Final Four contender. However, Monday morning’s news that Harrison Barnes is also going back to Chapel Hill puts the Tar Heels neck-and-neck with Kentucky for the preseason No. 1 ranking.

“As an 18-year old, I’m in the early stages of my life journey,” Barnes said in a release. “Opportunities, both beneficial and life changing, can seem to make the next phase of my journey an easy decision. But I am a student-athlete at the University of North Carolina. I’m here to experience college life . . . and be part of the greatest basketball family in college sports.”

Barnes, a lock to be selected within the first five picks of the NBA draft, averaged 15.7 points last season, garnering second-team All-ACC honors. He averaged 21.0 points in the NCAA tournament, helping lead the Tar Heels to the Elite Eight.

Considering what Roy Williams will have at his disposal next year, a return trip to the Elite Eight would be a disappointment. This is a team fit to make a run to the Final Four and win a national championship.

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Barnes will be the focal point. He blossomed over the last two months of the season, when Kendall Marshall took over the point guard position from Larry Drew. Barnes has the potential to be a first-team All-American.

Henson and Zeller down low form one of the top inside tandems in the country, with Zeller scoring consistently on the block and Henson rebounding blocking shots as well as anyone around.

Marshall will man the point again; he averaged nearly nine assists per game over his last 16 games. He will likely be flanked on the wing again by Dexter Strickland, a solid player at both ends of the floor who can also handle the ball.

The bench is stacked, as well. Reggie Bullock and Leslie McDonald are two scorers on the perimeter; both can heat up in a hurry and provide offense in a pinch. Five-star recruits P.J. Hairston and James McAdoo should make an immediate impact – Hairston with instant offense and McAdoo down low.

Kentucky might have more McDonald’s All-Americans next season, but North Carolina can match them on paper – it should be fun to see which team is ultimately atop the preseason rankings.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:02 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:28 pm
 

North Carolina nabs New Jersey big man

Posted by Jeff Borzello

North Carolina will have arguably the best frontcourt in college basketball next season, and the Tar Heels added to their embarrassment of riches on Thursday.

Desmond Hubert committed to North Carolina, choosing the Tar Heels over Maryland. Hubert was one of the top big men left on board.

“When I decided what school I wanted to be at, I took basketball out of the picture and said, where would I feel more comfortable at as a regular student?” Hubert told CBSSports.com. “I was more comfortable with the campus, students and the high quality of an education I can receive at UNC.”

Hubert is a 6-foot-9 center from New Egypt (N.J.) who ran with the Playaz on the AAU circuit. He is a long and athletic big man who runs the floor effectively and blocks shots at a high rate on the defensive end.

He will help provide depth behind John Henson and Tyler Zeller down low in Chapel Hill.

“I’m going to come in and try to make the biggest impact on the defensive end that I can and from there, whatever else I can contribute on the offensive end,” Hubert said.

Hubert is the fifth member of the Tar Heels’ recruiting class for next season, joining James McAdoo, P.J. Hairston, Jackson Simmons and Stillman White.

Head coach Roy Williams is excited about Hubert’s potential.

“He was really excited,” Hubert said. “He told me he couldn’t wait for me to get down there.”

Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Making the Leap: Henson, Zeller return to Heels

Posted by Jeff Borzello

While Harrison Barnes is still pondering his NBA draft options, North Carolina got plenty of good news on Wednesday.

Big men John Henson and Tyler Zeller both announced they would be returning to the Tar Heels next season.

“I want to come back to school next year because I enjoy all aspects of being a college student and I truly love being a Tar Heel," Henson said in a statement.

“I came to Carolina because it had the balance of academics and basketball I wanted and it was the best place for me to prepare for life and a career in the NBA," Zeller added. "That's exactly what we have here. I want to finish my college career.”

Henson, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, averaged 11.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks last season, while Zeller, a 7-foot junior, put up 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds. Both were projected as first-round picks in this season’s draft had they decided to leave North Carolina.

With those two back in the fold, North Carolina will once again be a Final Four contender. Henson developed into a force on the defensive end, while Zeller was a consistent scorer on the low block. Although Barnes will likely go to the NBA, the other two starters – Kendall Marshall and Dexter Strickland – will return to the lineup.

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Reggie Bullock will be back from injury, and Leslie McDonald provided a lift off the bench late in the season.

Roy Williams also welcomes two five-star recruits into the mix, in power forward James McAdoo and shooting guard P.J. Hairston. McAdoo will provide depth for Henson and Zeller, while Hairston is the type of player who can fill it up in a hurry.

Without Barnes, we might see more three-guard lineups from the Tar Heels next season, with Marshall, Strickland and either Bullock, McDonald or Hairston.

If Barnes does return, this team is a national title contender.

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Posted on: April 1, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: April 1, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Smith: "Play hard, play smart, play together"

Kenny Smith was an NCAA All-American as a Tar Heel

Posted by Eric Angevine

HOUSTON -- Kenny Smith was up and on the go well before breakfast this morning. The former NCAA first-team All America honoree has plenty to do now that he's part of the broadcast team that will cover the Final Four. He'll be preparing for a Final Four that is loaded with storylines and possibilities.

"I have seen a Final Four like this before in terms of good teams," Smith said this morning. "But there are some really good teams from the non-power conferences. Those teams have really shown well throughout the tournament with the inclusion of Butler and VCU. Probably better than they've ever shown before."

Smith has also been impressed with the winning streaks put together by the participants in this year's Final Four. UConn had to win through the entire Big East tournament to get here, and Virginia Commonwealth advanced out of the inaugural First Four, playing an extra game on the way to the Final Four.

"There's three things: you play hard, you play smart, and you play together," Smith said. "You put those three things together and you're going to have a pretty good run. But you also have to have talent, and you have to have some good fortune. Put three seconds on or take three seconds off a lot of games, and we'd have a different Final Four."

Smith has been heavily involved in making this year's event enjoyable for all of the hoops fans that make it to Houston, including those who might not snag tickets to the main event (or are looking for something else to do after a heart-breaking loss). He's working with the Coke Zero Bracket Town event, which is basically a fancy name for the fan fest at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center. The on-site activities will include basketball competitions, clinics, performances, autograph sessions and photo ops with legends of the game.  For those who can't make it to Houston, there's the Coke Zero Social Arena, an interactive clearing house for live tweets and social media updates from CBS, TNT and NCAA personalities, including video updates from the March Madness On Demand crew.

The social aspect of the Final Four is growing every year. Houston is crawling with head coaches and current and former players over this long weekend. With the addition of social media, Smith says anyone can feel more connected to the goings on in Houston.

"You can talk to your friends through Twitter and Facebook and still have the experience of watching the game and tweeting about it at the same time with a big social network."

So, to paraphrase The Jet: "Watch hard, watch smart and watch together."

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Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:18 pm
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East wrap-up: the best and worst of 15 games


Posted by Matt Norlander

NEWARK, N.J. — Kentucky is back in the Final Four for the first time in 13 years. With all the attention this program gets, it doesn't seem like it's been that long, but is has.

And John Calipari has done it in just his second year. Pretty incredible; this is the exact expectation Wildcats fans had for him when he took the job in 2009. Who's to say what Calipari will do next week, how long he'll stay at Kentucky and what will come with that. But at a bare minimum, the next guy who steps in already has pressure. Two years and you better be in the Final Four. That's just how Big Blue Nation works.

The Wildcats got here in many ways. Sort of crazy to think about his team nearly getting knocked out by Princeton in the first round. Brandon Knight played horribly in that game. But he uses his athleticism to get an angle, hits a leaning runner, the game-winner, and Kentucky moves on. Then the West Virginia game saw Joe Mazzulla channel Jerry West yet again for the Mountaineers, and the Wildcats were certainly sweating again. Remember: West Virginia prevented Kentucky from going to a Final Four last year. Then, wow, Kentucky made its free throws down the stretch (!) and on to the next weekend it was.

We've covered everything you need to know about that Ohio State game, but looking back, it's very possible Kentucky won't have a tougher game, a closer game, a game more defining to its character than that. Such things become true when you play, and beat, the No. 1 overall seed. And Sunday night against North Carolina, Kentucky hit its 3s (an impressive 55 percent of them) and held North Carolina from doing the same (14 percent). It was a solid regional final that wrapped up one of the best second weekends in tournament history.

Amid all this: Jorts. Josh Harrellson continues to be a story, and rightfully so. He, Brandon Knight and Calipari will be the three big stories in the upcoming week. Kentucky certainly earned this, despite having a team with less talent than last year. Always intriguing to see what the tournament spits out into its Final Four. More about the matchups than individual personnel. One lingering thought: Kentucky's fan presence in Newark wasn't overwhelming. That could speak to expectation, or it could speak to Newark. But I'm fairly certain Houston is going to become Lexington South because, while UConn will travel decently, there's no way that school, Butler's contingent and VCU's fans can match what Kentucky can and will bring.

Regional MVP: Brandon Knight. Without Harrellson, Kentucky probably doesn't get here. Without Knight, it definitely doesn't. The Wildcats' freshman point guard hit two game-winners and paced this team to this Final Four. He's a smart kid who doesn't try to live up to the spotlight he's put under. Handles success very well. Kemba Walker will receive the most attention, but Knight deserves to sit right next to him.

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F Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
F Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
F Josh Harrellson, Kentucky
F DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky
G Brandon Knight, Kentucky

Game to remember: Kentucky 62, Ohio State 60. Many expected this one to be good, but as most good games go, we don't expect them to be that good. The East had its share of really nice games, but with so much on the line, and with the upset factor involving the top seed, this takes the cake. Plus, Kentucky proving worthwhile by going out and winning its next game, it only adds to the wave effect of this one in the region.

Game to forget: Ohio State 98, George Mason 66. The Buckeyes never looked more impressive this season than when they opened up with an 11-2 deficit against the Patriots … then went on a 96-55 run, swiftly killing off any notions of 2006 with the eighth-seeded George Mason. At the very least, we wanted GMU to tempt us. It never did.

Biggest disappointment: Syracuse. Some argued the Orange weren’t worth their three seed, but even if that was the case, falling before getting to the Sweet 16 still seemed a letdown. Perhaps only in this universe was this possible, as Syracuse was forced to do something no other team had to prior to the 2011 NCAA tournament: play an in-conference foe in the first weekend. Boeheim's team was deserving of the second weekend.

Best individual performance in a losing effort: Hard to ignore Jared Sullinger's 21-and-16 performance in the regional semis. Again, the game was that good and that important. You may have heard what Sullinger said after the game.

Most memorable moments:

  • Diebler hitting the 3 to tie the game at 60, then Knight coming down and hitting the game-winning shot in Aaron Craft’s eye. Best part? There were no timeouts to stagnate play.  
  • The bad backcourt-violation call on Scoop Jardine that helped end Syracuse’s season in the third round against Marquette.
  • Knight having a miserable game against Princeton ... then hitting the game-winning shot.
  • North Carolina getting pushed to its brink against a Washington team that nearly gave us an upset many pegged from the get-go.
  • Venoy Overton's dumb shots.
  • John Henson's dumb reactions to dumb shots.
  • Buzz Williams' ramblings in press conferences.
  • Harrison Barnes and DeAndre Liggins absolutely jawing with each other. It got really volatile, and it was fantastic theater.
  • It's easy to forget this (so why is it here, in a way, I know), but George Mason beat Villanova in the first game on the opening Thursday of the tournament. GMU won, 61-57, and jump-started an amazing opening afternoon of basketball.
  • Sullinger declaring he'll be back next season.

Team to watch out for next year: Ohio State. Jared Sullinger and William Buford have vowed to return. After some initial skepticism, more and more people are beginning to believe both. The Buckeyes can’t improve their seed — like, at all; remember, they were the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament — but could be as close to this good next year, should the two stick to their word and return.

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Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:05 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 11:18 pm
 

ACC teams win when it counts



Posted by Eric Angevine

We've read all about how the Big East flamed out in this year's tournament. 9 out of 11 teams out before the Sweet 16. This from a conference that supposedly had one of the best regular seasons in college hoops history.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, on the other hand, was supposedly in a down year. It's a defensible position. The fourth-best team in the conference was Clemson, a team that might not have made the dance last season when it was a 65-team affair. The bottom of the league was absolutely miserable, with former contenders like Miami, Wake Forest, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Maryland falling below .500 in league play.

No doubt, that's bad news. The ACC is a blast to watch when several teams are in contention throughout the season.  But can we call it a down year when the league's top three teams have been so good in the postseason? North Carolina, Duke and Florida State finished 1,2,3 in the ACC standings, and all three have made it to the Sweet 16. Each made it to this point by employing a different strategy.

North Carolina, typically known for running opponents out of the gym, has become more comfortable in the half-court set with Kendall Marshall dispatching pinpoint entry passes to Tyler Zeller and John Henson. When things get a little tight on the interior, Harrison Barnes can light it up from outside, and Leslie McDonald sees spot duty as a shooter as well. Dexter Strickland can score, but functions best as a defensive stopper.

Duke, on the other hand, is guard central. No other team in the nation can match the rotation of Nolan Smith, Seth Curry, Kyrie Irving and Andre Dawson. Kyle Singler is once again scoring, rebounding and passing at a high level. If the Blue Devils have a weakness, it's the minimal production down low. As we saw last season, a dominant big man is not necessary for Coach K to win the big one.

Florida State may be the most surprising team to appear in this position. Head coach Leonard Hamilton is hardly a household name, in spite of his 25-year career, which includes two Big East coach of the year citations from his time with Miami, and one from the ACC in 2009. This is his second Sweet 16 appearance. FSU has been largely underrated this season because it wins games with defense in spite of offensive lapses, and because star player Chris Singleton missed the final six games of the ACC season. With Singleton back, the Seminoles upset Texas A&M and absolutely drilled Notre Dame, winning 71-57. It was by far the biggest win put up by any of the league's three Sweet 16 participants.

Odds are, at least one of the three will make it to a regional final. It helps that no ACC teams had to play one another, but that'll happen when you get a measly four teams in. Then again, three out of four in the Sweet 16 makes quality over quantity sound like a pretty good deal.

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Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:17 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 10:19 pm
 

16 stories to watch in the Sweet 16

Posted by Matt Jones

1. Ohio State’s quest for dominance
:  College basketball has been decidedly mediocre as a whole this season, with no real difference between most of the teams in the top 25. But all year, Ohio State has seemed to be on a different plane. Its two losses during the regular season were both on the road, against ranked teams in the Top 15. And now in the tournament, as Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, etc have struggled at times in their games, the Buckeyes have rolled and looked absolutely dominant. Now however they are rewarded only with the two winningest programs in college basketball history, Kentucky and North Carolina. Win those two in a convincing manner and they will be cutting the nets down in Houston.


2.  The era of Jorts in full effect:  The most improved player in college basketball is the lone senior on a program known for its freshman, who played 35 total minutes last season. Josh Harrellson is a fan favorite in Lexington, Kentucky, in part because of his Cinderella story and in part because of his unique personality. In addition to becoming a force on the glass down low, Harrellson has embraced the nickname “Jorts,” given to him because he famously wore jean shorts on his campus recruiting visit. The denim legend has a chance to enter UK lore if he can somehow slow down Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and make Kentucky so filled with jean shorts, that it looks like Gainesville on a Saturday college football afternoon.


3.  Buzz Williams’s final audition:  Coach Buzz Williams is absolutely focused on taking Marquette to another Final Four, and to do so, he will have to beat two of the North Carolina, Ohio State, Kentucky trio. But Williams will also be a hot commodity when the season ends, as he is likely to be pursued by all of the job openings left in college basketball. Marquette is not the most attractive BCS-level job and Williams will have the opportunity to jump ship if he so chooses. Either way, a number of college Athletic Directors will be watching his Golden Eagles play, waiting for a loss and a chance to call his cell phone for a quick inquiry.


4.  Harrison Barnes lives up to the hype:  Thanks in large part to the success of freshman John Wall last season, many in the national media felt the need to crown North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes national preseason player of the year before he had even played a game in Chapel Hill. Early in the year, Barnes did not live up the hype, causing some painful growth and verbal reprimands to the press by coach Roy Williams. But as the year has gone on, Barnes has hit his stride and looks an awful lot like the number one player in America he was coming out of high school. A run to the Final Four and the Harrison Barnes redemption story will be told far and wide, likely followed up with a top 5 pick this spring in the NBA Draft.


5. Duke goes for the repeat:  Only two teams have gone back to back in the NCAA tournament in the last 35 years and both were considered some of the best in the history of college basketball. This year's Duke team has the chance to replicate the accomplishment, but do so in a different manner than the two prior winners. Both the 1992 Duke and 2007 Florida teams were dominant from start to finish, but this year's Duke team has been a notch below Ohio State and Kansas all season. They escaped against Michigan on Sunday and now are four games away from college basketball immortality...even if many of us aren't sure that they are all that good.

6. Arizona announces it is back:  It hasn't been that long since Arizona was the dominant college basketball power on the west coast. But then came the rise of UCLA, the decline of the Lute Olson era, Kevin O'Neill and all of a sudden, Arizona basketball became somewhat of an afterthought. Well regardless of what happens in the Sweet 16 versus Duke, the Wildcats' program under Sean Miller has proven that it is once again a power. Derrick Williams has made some of the most athletic plays of the tournament and Arizona has won two hard-fought battles over Memphis and Texas. With a strong recruiting class coming next season, Arizona basketball is back regardless of if they beat Duke. but if they sneak up and knock out the Blue Devils, well Arizona will announce that it is a top ten program once again, this time to stay.

7. Kemba Walker's time:  There isn't much left for Kemba Walker to accomplish at Connecticut. He has had an amazing season and his run in the Big East tournament ensures that he will be remembered forever around the Huskies' program. But he is two wins away from taking his UCONN team to a Final Four, completing a postseason that will have few equals in recent history. His ability to score and will wins at the end of games is unbelievable to watch and Walker now must do it as an underdog two more times to reach his ultimate goal. In a year where the stars have come out, Kemba still has the chance to be the biggest one yet, with two games in Anaheim to tell the tale.

8. Steve Fisher's redemption:  Everyone thinks Steve Fisher is a bad coach. Regardless of his amazing tournament run to the title in 1989 and his time spent overseeing the Fab Five, the reality is that media and most college basketball fans think Fisher is synonymous with "good recruiter/bad coach." But San Diego State has had a tremendous season in a tough conference and now has a chance to prove its mettle versus arguably one of the two best players in the game (Kemba Walker) and the defending national champions (Duke) over the next five days. Win both of those games and Fisher may not quiet the critics, but they will have much less ammunition than they would prefer.

9. Learn about the Morris twins:  Coming out of high school, most figured the Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff, to be super talented, but likely headed for a substantial amount of trouble during their time at Kansas. That opinion was bolstered by a stupid moment from Markieff, as he shot a BB gun out of a dorm window and ended up arrested on a battery charge. But since then, the Morris twins have gotten better on and off the basketball court and are the leaders of a Kansas team with a legitimate chance to win a title. Both players are forces on the glass and can score, making them not only a great brother tandem, but a matchup nightmare. In a relatively open bracket, it should be easy pickings for the brothers Morris.

10. Richmond tries to keep going:  Every year a team comes from out of the first weekend as a big underdog, heads into the second weekend with lots of press and excitement, only to fall in their Sweet 16 game to a stronger opponent. Last year that team was Cornell from the Ivy League and this year it is the familiar NCAA tournament success story, the Richmond Spiders. Unlike past heroes of the little guy, Richmond is from a near-major conference (Atlantic 10) and counts some good athletes and one great player, Kevin Anderson. Richmond plays great defense and has the ability to beat anyone in the tournament...except perhaps Kansas, who creates matchup nightmares for the Spiders. This is the spot where teams like Richmond exit stage left. We shall see if the Spiders will follow the script.

11. Could VCU be great?:  No team had a better first weekend than VCU. Who would have ever imagined that the Colonial team would put absolute smackdowns on USC, Georgetown and Purdue, all three in games that were never really all that close. VCU coach Shaka Smart has become the hottest name in the coaching community and our CBSSports.com writer Gregg Doyel suggested that they might be the most impressive team so far in the tournament. VCU plays a straightforward offensive style, in which every player can score and all on the court have a variety of skills. It makes them tough to prepare for in a given game and nearly impossible to defend when clicking. It is tough to see VCU coming out of this bracket and beating Kansas, but making the Elite Eight and giving the Jayhawks a good game? I would call it likely.

12. Florida State goes for respect:  Every year there is one team like Florida State that makes the Sweet 16. Usually they are from a power conference, were average all year, often underachieving, and then they get the perfect draw and make a run to the tournament's second weekend. The Seminoles were blessed by getting to play the decidedly unathletic and overseeded, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and are now onto play America's new fascination, VCU. When healthy, Chris Singleton is the type of player that can lead FSU over anyone and there will be no team they will see that they can't match up with athletically. But FSU has always been a team that skeptics dismiss and Leonard Hamilton is a coach that usually brings out the eye rolls from those in the college basketball community. This weekend could change that.

13. Brad Stevens tries to do it again:  Butler's move to the championship game last year was remarkable and a testament to the ability of Brad Stevens and a great group of Butler players, led by Gordon Hayward. But this Butler team's set of last-second wins last weekend may have even been more impressive. While Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack are both playing well, there was a time this year that Butler was completely in turmoil, losing to lower level Horizon League teams and looking like a fragment of the team that was a half court shot from cutting down the nets. But Stevens never gave up, the team got better and now two one point wins have put the Bulldogs two victories from the Final Four. The Southeast bracket is wide open and there is no reason that Stevens cannot make magic again.

14. Jordan Taylor will impress:  Jordan Taylor is a phenomenon to watch. While he plays on a painfully boring team that at times can suck the life out of any room it is in, he is an explosive scorer that also has the ability to get his teammates involved and control a game. Taylor will get overshadowed this weekend by Jimmer, Kemba and the rest, but he is as good a player as they are and at the top of his game, potentially a better NBA prospect. Wisconsin is prime to sneak in under the radar and make a trip to the Final Four, because they play great defense and are a style contrast for most teams. Bo Ryan can get it done with this group, but it will be Jordan Taylor who makes it happen.

15. Jimmer: He is the biggest star in college basketball and has become a sports figure so well known, that he can be called only by his first name. Jimmer Fredette draws the highest ratings of the NCAA tournament and is everyone's second favorite player in the nation. But what he doesn't have is a Final Four, an accomplishment that will make him an all-timer in the sport. Florida is a team that BYU beat last year and the Cougars might be favored against either Wisconsin or Butler. Jimmer can do it and if he does, he will become the Tim Tebow of college basketball.  All it takes is two more wins.

16. The under-appreciated Gators: Florida is playing its best basketball of the season and is one of only a few teams left in the tournament that has a scoring threat at every position. This Florida team has generally been overlooked all season and was thought by most to be way overseeded in the No. 2 spot in the Southeast region. But the Gators played two great games in Tampa and come to New Orleans with the most open bracket in the field and are the odds-on favorite to advance. Billy Donovan is extremely overlooked as a coach...three national title games in 11 years and a chance to go to a fourth Final Four this year. Get that done and he has to be considered one of the five best coaches in the game, a group he is rarely placed into.

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Posted on: March 20, 2011 3:43 pm
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Video: Aziz N'Diaye after loss to North Carolina



Posted by Eric Angevine

Much was made of the 20-9 foul discrepancy in North Carolina's 86-83 win over Washington in the NCAA tournament's third round in Charlotte. Washington big man Aziz N'Diaye collected four of those fouls, more than any other player on the floor. I gave him a chance to say his piece.

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