What If: 2005-06 vs. 1979-80
The second-seeded 2005-06 team brings back the core of a national championship team and adds a freshman class that would hang their own banner in time. The 15th-seeded 1979-80 What If Tar Heels have Al Wood, Mike O'Koren and a healthy freshman James Worthy. It's a clash with upset potential.
2005-06 What If Tar Heels
Coach: Roy Williams
Strengths: Physical front line, winners (05/09 championship teams), deep bench (Marvin, Terry, Frasor, Green)
Weaknesses: How to distribute the minutes
Will win the tournament if: Hansbrough and May can co-exist as THE dominant big man, Frasor and Thomas give Felton rest.
Will lose if: Felton gets in foul trouble, McCants starts forcing shots due to too much focus on inside game
This team in one word: Strong
1979-80 What If Tar Heels
Coach: Dean Smith
Strengths: Frontline rotation (Wood, O'Koren, Wolf and Worthy)
Will win the tournament if: Freshman Worthy becomes junior Worthy and Wood repeats 39-point effort from 1981 semifinal
Will lose if: Opponent pounds ball inside against smaller O'Koren and less-talented Wolf
This team in one word (or two words): Sixth man