What If: 1982-83 vs. 1984-85

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It's the 8/9 game today, as the 1982-83 What If Tar Heels take on their counterparts (and in some cases, themselves) from just two years later. Coming off a national championship, James Worthy returns to school for his senior season in 1982-83. The 1984-85 team features a senior Michael Jordan. Check out the rosters and our capsules, and let us know who you think would win this matchup.

1982-83 What If Tar Heels

Coach: Dean Smith

Strengths: Talented and experienced front line

Weaknesses: PG (Braddock, Hale, Peterson?)

Will win the tournament if: Jordan, Worthy and Perkins maintain the magic from title run

Will lose if: Lack of talent at PG is too much to overcome

Captain: Worthy

This team in one word: Big Game (two words in this case)

1984-85 What If Tar Heels

Coach: Dean Smith

Strengths: Dynamite backcourt, Daugherty

Weaknesses: Athleticism (Wolf and Daugherty), depth

Will win the tournament if: Senior MJ plays like NBA rookie MJ, Smith stays healthy and out of foul trouble

Will lose if: Hunter is exposed at SF; other, more athletic front lines wear down Wolf, Popson and Daugherty

Captain: MJ

This team in one word: Backcourt

 

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