North Carolina Basketball: Ranking the 7 Toughest Challenges on Tar Heels' Path

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North Carolina Basketball: Ranking the 7 Toughest Challenges on Tar Heels' Path
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UNC players celebrating a win against Duke

Having an elite basketball program like that of the University of North Carolina means attracting top players, but it also means that every season is completely different. Top players don't stick around most of the time, and teams are left relying on younger players and outstanding coaching.

Luckily for UNC, their coach Roy Williams is good enough that he always attracts top recruits. Despite losing Kendall Marshall, Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller to the draft, the Tar Heels are still poised to make a run in the NCAA tournament.

Dexter Strickland, Leslie McDonald, P.J. Hairston, Reggie Bullock and James Michael McAdoo all opted to return and join elite recruits Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James.

That kind of roster promises some exciting basketball, but the road to glory won't be easy this year. UNC has plenty of challenges lying ahead on their calendar, and here are the toughest ones they will face. 

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