1. North Carolina vs 9. Arkansas Preview

March 23, 2008
By genefoto

from the ACC & SEC Blog

East Region
Raleigh, NC 5:20 PM

1. North Carolina vs 9. Arkansas

First Round Review

Mount St Mary’s wanted to run with North Carolina and the Tar Heels licked their chops; UNC cruised to a 1st round win. Arkansas kept Indiana at arms length after about 10 minutes of back and forth. Swingman Sonny Weems had 31 points in dispatching the Hoosiers.

For Arkansas to Win:
They have to play their best game of the year. They need a shooting performance like they had against Indiana on Friday (54% FG, 47% 3PT, 79% FT). Defensively, they have to keep Hansbrough off the boards as much as possible.

For North Carolina to Win:
Keep doing what you do. Feed Hansbrough the ball inside. Push the ball on defensive stops. Use your superb depth.

I like North Carolina in this game. It is essentially a home game for them and Ty Lawson is finally back 100% and in the flow of the offense.

We get the first ACC-SEC match up of the Tournament and this one looks to be in the ACC’s favor.

Prediction: North Carolina

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