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North Carolina- Villanova Preview

3/31/2009

A lot of people are comparing this year's Villanova team to the 1985 Cinderella that cut down the nets in Lexington. Rollie Massimino's team beat North Carolina en route to the championship, something Jay Wright's quintet will have to do to duplicate the magical feat of winning it all.

I don't buy the comparison of Villanova teams. The 1985 squad was seeded eighth in its regional. This year's team is a more-solid #3 seed.

When I look at this Saturday's showdown, Villanova has a lot of different weapons capable of putting points on the board. That makes the Wildcats a dangerous opponent. Dante Cunningham has to stay out of foul trouble as his post presence is important.

Villanova has to go out and spread the court. The Wildcats have to make their three-pointers.

Guys like Dwayne Anderson and Shane Clark have performed well. Clark hit three big trifectas early against Pittsburgh, while Anderson made a couple of big-time plays late to help the 'Cats get to the winner's circle.

It is important to penetrate, then kick the ball out to get open shots. That could create match-up problems for the Tar Heels.

North Carolina provides a dilemma with its size and interior game. Tyler Hansbrough is the consummate team player, so unselfish ... he is all about T-E-A-M, baby! His presence, along with Deon Thompson and Ed Davis off the bench gives North Carolina an edge inside, one that Roy Williams will try to exploit.

Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington provide backcourt strength for the Tar Heels. Ellington will be pumped up since he played his high school ball in Pennsylvania, Talk about an added incentive.

I believe that Hansbrough, Lawson, Ellington and Danny Green walked into Williams' office and said they were coming back to school instead of going to the NBA for one simple reason -- the opportunity to cut down the nets in Detroit.

I feel the Tar Heels will move one step closer to that goal.