Game 35: (4) Washington State vs. (1) North Carolina

“It’s a special place to be, and it’s a special group of kids to do something like this.” – Tony Bennett

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Here is my more detailed game preview, with all the ins and outs of the matchup. All the breaking down and speculation are over. It’s time to play ball.

Projected Starters

G Rochestie
G Low
G Weaver
F Cowgill
C Baynes

The line: North Carolina (-8)

Why the Tar Heels might win: Tyler Hansbrough: Mobile like Brook Lopez, and gets to the line. The Cougars either need to stay out of foul trouble or get an incredible game from the bench.

Why the Cougars might win: Derrick Low. Kyle Weaver. Robbie Cowgill. They’re not going out without a fight. Also, UNC hasn’t played many teams as efficient on both sides of the floor as the Cougs. It’s their first real test of the tournament.

X-Factor: Robbie Cowgill. Along with Baynes, the low post defense will have to phenomenal to give Wazzu a chance. At first I feared a potential UNC matchup because of Hansbrough. But if anyone can slow him down on this team, it’s Cowgill. Any help Robbie can provide on the offensive end will be an added bonus.

Prediction: North Carolina 72, Washington State 66.

Actually, you know what?

I’m a believer.

Prediction: Washington State 74, North Carolina 72.

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