Blue Ribbon previews the Heels

"Experience is such a key," Doherty said. "You look at Maryland last year and Kansas this year. You look at teams that have been successful, and they have seniors and juniors that have been around the block a few times.

"We'll have to stick together and be prepared and do our best. If we lose a game, we have to be prepared to bounce back. If we win a game, we can't feel too good about ourselves."

The Tar Heels are more talented than they were last year, for sure, but the sharks can smell the blood leaking from a program that has always had an air of superiority. That will make the task of getting back to the top even harder, as rivals revel in this rare downturn.

Having the team in Felton's capable hands will help.

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