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Tyler Hansbrough
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Tyler Hansbrough and UNC rolled through the East Regional.
For the first time all tourney, North Carolina was tested. But Tyler Hansbrough showed his Most Outstanding Player mettle against Louisville, and the Tar Heels advanced to the Final Four. Andy Katz

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Katz: Hansbrough carries Tar Heels to San Antonio
If one player would save North Carolina in the Elite Eight, little doubt existed that Tyler Hansbrough -- the hardest-working man in college basketball -- would be the top choice, writes Andy Katz.
Katz: Coaches, CEOs and winners
North Carolina and Louisville are elite programs that needed CEO coaches and big personalities to take the helm. They got just that in Roy Williams and Rick Pitino, respectively. And now they'll face off with a Final Four berth on the line, writes Andy Katz.
Low: Louisville beats Vols at their own game
Tennessee used its high-energy defense and its fast-paced offense to stifle opponents this season. And that's exactly what Louisville did to the Vols in the Sweet 16, writes Chris Low.
Dinich: UNC now has two dependable point guards
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Low: Point guard approach works for Vols
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Forde: Pearl survives Division II purgatory
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Dinich: Follow the Carolina-blue brick road
North Carolina's win over Clemson in the ACC championship solidified the Tar Heels' No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. It also paved the way to the championship game -- as long as UNC stays on Tobacco Road.
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Raleigh, NC
1 Kansas
16 Portland State
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61
8 UNLV
9 Kent State
71
58
8 BYU
9 Texas A&M
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67
Denver, CO
1 Kansas
8 UNLV
75
56
5 Clemson
12 Villanova
69
75
1 UCLA
9 Texas A&M
51
49
Birmingham, AL
4 Vanderbilt
13 Siena
62
83
12 Villanova
13 Siena
84
72
5 Drake
12 W Kentucky
99
101
Birmingham, AL
1 Kansas
12 Villanova
72
57
6 USC
11 Kansas State
67
80
4 Connecticut
13 San Diego
69
70
Charlotte, NC
7 Butler
10 South Alabama
81
61