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North Carolina Basketball: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Long Beach State
Rob Kinnan-US PRESSWIRE
Coach looks ready for Maui. Is the team?

If there is anyone that can relate to North Carolina's Roy Williams this season, it's Long Beach State's head coach Dan Monson.

Both teams look significantly different than the UNC and LBSU squads we saw in the nail-biter last December.

The Tar Heels lost stars Kendall Marshall, Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller to the NBA. The 49ers will be without graduated seniors Casper Ware, Larry Anderson, T.J. Robinson and Eugene Phelps.

If any name should sound familiar there, it's Casper Ware who scored 29 points in their last meeting.

Though none of them are playing in the NBA right now, the loss of those players is every bit as significant to LBSU. Like Coach Williams, Monson is having to frequently rotate players until he finds gold.

But there are a few nuggets that have already been found, and keeping them under wraps will not be an easy task for these young Tar Heels.

I've put together five keys to the game for Carolina to avoid an upset in the final leg of "Maui on the Mainland" this Friday.

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