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Tar Heels face one of toughest regions -- ever

Updated: March 14, 2006, 9:34 AM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

North Carolina, to most eyes, was the clear top No. 1 in the NCAA Tournament. As a reward for that, the Tar Heels got one of the toughest regions I've ever seen.

Anyone want to clue me in on how the two top teams in the RPI -- as best I can figure -- are in the same region? Yes, if seeds hold, North Carolina faces Tennessee in the Cleveland Regional championship game. Wow.

Oh, and let's throw in No. 3 Rutgers and No. 4 Purdue in that region, too.

And just in case North Carolina ...

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