What If: 1983-84 vs. 1998-99

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In our first second round matchup, the third-seeded 1983-84 What If Tar Heels take on 11th-seeded 1998-99, who engineered the only upset of the tournament's first round. This game pits Jordan and Perkins vs. Jamison and Carter, with a classic PG battle between The Jet and Easy Ed.

1983-84 What If Tar Heels

Coach: Dean Smith

Strengths: Starting five, versatility (effective both running and in the half court)

Weaknesses: Shallow bench, backup PG (Peterson? Hale)

Will win the tournament if: The Jet stays healthy and out of foul trouble, same with Perkins and Daugherty

Will lose if: The defense packs a tight 2-3 zone, forcing Smith and Jordan to beat them from the perimeter

Captains: Perkins/Doherty

This team in one word: Versatile

 

1998-99 What If Tar Heels

Coach: Bill Guthridge

Strength: Experience (three seniors and junior in starting lineup)

Weakness: Depth

Will win the tournament if: Ed Cota controls the tempo and they get out on multiple fast breaks

Will lose if: Haywood gets in foul trouble, leaving center spot to Lang or Bersticker

Captains: Okulaja, Jamison, Carter

This team in one word: Alley-oop

 

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