If UNC Can't Cut Down the Nets...Who Will?

Quincy PierreContributor IMarch 20, 2009

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 19:  Tyler Hansbrough #50 and an injured Ty Lawson #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels cheer from the bench against the Radford Highlanders during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 19, 2009 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Once the dance started on Thursday, there were a lot of questions. The top seeds in the South and West blew their teams out as expected, while we had a 12 seed beat a five seed. The number one question in this tournament is the "Big Toe" of North Carolina's Ty Lawson.

Now, some may believe that without him UNC can't win it all, but I think they can at least make it to the Sweet 16 without him. However, it may be difficult to cut down the nets in Detroit without Lawson, and though I am sold they could go ALL the way without him, there may be some other teams that could capitalize on what everyone is looking to be North Carolina's "handicap."

If I had to look away from my Tar Heels, there are three teams that have a chance to cut down those nets.

The Memphis Tigers are a team that plays tremendous defense and are also very athletic at all positions on the floor, and John Calipari is a good coach. Even with these positive attributes that will carry them to the Elite Eight, the "Achilles' Heels" for this team are three-point and free throw shooting.

I know they had Roburt Sallie, who hit 10 threes and scored 35 points in first round action against Cal State Northridge, but you also have to remember his game scoring average is 4.5 points, so this is nothing but a shining moment and cannot (or should I say will not) be repeated.

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