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UNC will make it to the weekend without Kendall Marshall.
The Ohio University Bobcats can definitely play this game. The no-fluke victory over No.4 seed and Big Ten Conference tri-champ, Michigan, should have proved that to anyone who hadn't seen them before.
In fact, the Mid-American Conference should consider scrapping their tournament and simply sending Ohio every year!
Since 2004, no other MAC team has won an NCAA Tournament game while the Bobcats stand a respectable 3-2.
But the 'Cats stop here.
And the reason is: Size matters, or more accurately, rebounding and inside scoring do.
Ohio will simply be overwhelmed by North Carolina's front line.
Sometimes it's all about how styles and personnel match up.
Ohio is extremely efficient in their half-court game and may have more of an opportunity to execute it with the absence of Kendall Marshall. But, they'll have to shoot lights out to have even the slightest chance in this contest. And the reason is: They simply will not be able to rebound with the nation's leading rebounding team.
Rather than throw simple rebounding stats at you (and always remember, there are lies, damned lies and statistics), let me throw some other numbers at you. These are the heights of Ohio's four leading rebounders: 6'8", 6'8", 6'7" and 5'11". Here's the same group for North Carolina: 7', 6'11", 6'8" and 6'7".
And that's without mentioning the talent discrepancy.
North Carolina's one flaw may be their inconsistent outside shooting, but don't expect that to make a difference on Friday night. The Tar Heels have made a living ramming the ball inside all season. Marshall's replacement at the point will be Stilman White, a freshman. To date, in White's UNC career, he has a total of 19 assists.
Don't be surprised to see that total increase by around 50 percent as the Tar Heels keep the history of no No.13 seed ever advancing past this round intact.