Though they're terribly familiar with each other, the contrast of expectations between Duke and North Carolina's basketball teams is unique.
Dascenzo: Same seeds, different expectations
"There's never been a 16 seed to beat a 1 seed, but the first 16 seed to do it is going to come out of the play-in game," Oakland athletics director Jack Mehl told The Detroit News. "And you can quote me on that."
Oakland enjoying its moment in the sun
Esteemed North Carolina coach Dean Smith said Tennessee should have given his former player, Buzz Peterson, another year as coach.
Dean Smith says Peterson should not have been fired
Something is wrong at North Carolina.Coach Roy Williams and his players have this week to isolate the problem and fix it, or face an early exit from the NCAA Tournament.
QUICK FIX: Tar Heels looking for their lost intensity
Rashad McCants will likely play a bigger role for North Carolina this week in the NCAA Tournament, after returning from an illness last week to play sparingly in the ACC Tournament.
Tar Heels could get McCants in for more minutes
Among the disconcerting statistics from UNC's ACC tournament collapse:
As a team, the Tar Heels shot just 37 percent in two games.
Forwards Jawad Williams and Marvin Williams combined to make just six of their 25 shots.
In Saturday's loss to Georgia Tech, UNC had just nine assists and 15 turnovers.
Tar Heels looking to regain focus
This is the environment in which Oakland University has been thrust into. The Golden Grizzlies arrived Wednesday, a day after their play-in game Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, and this is their reward. Oakland, a No. 16 seed, will face not only an elite team in top-seeded North Carolina, but a massive fan following as well.
Watch what you wish for, Oakland; bad news, it's Carolina time
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