What If Tourney: 3/14 Matchup

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The What If Tar Heel Tournament continues today with another first-round pairing. This one pits the third-seeded 1983-84 Tar Heels with a healthy Kenny Smith against senior Bob McAdoo and the 14th-seeded 1972-73 team.

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 in the first round 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

1972-73 What If Tar Heels

Coach: Dean Smith

Strengths: Scrappiness, hustle and defense

Weaknesses: No true shooting guard

Will win the tournament if: Jones plays his typical shut-down defense, McAdoo elevates game each round, Kupchak plays like a senior

Will lose in the first round if: Karl has trouble getting ball to McAdoo and Kupchak, bench doesn't step up

Captains: Karl/McAdoo

One word: Hustle

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