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In no other prior game has James Michael McAdoo's performance been more important to the Tar Heels than this Saturday. McAdoo will be paired up with the arguably one of the best power forwards he has faced this season.
Freshman Anthony Bennett has been an absolute monster for the Runnin' Rebels, and it goes beyond just his staggering 19.5 points per game. At 6'8", 240 pounds, Bennett is a physical specimen who is willing to use every inch and pound to dominate his opponents.
It's proven to be a tough task for McAdoo to match the physicality of other power forwards, but he must find a way to do it in this game.
As evidenced by his average, Bennett is an aggressive scorer that can take it to the rim, use his large repertoire of post moves or ability to step back and bury a three—which he is doing at a 35.3 percent clip. If this big man gets carried away, we'll see a lot of long faces in the stands of the Dean Dome.
Roy's carousel of centers will have to deal with Pitt transfer Khem Birch. Birch had a rough go at Pitt, but has proven to be a weapon in his first three games of eligibility with the Rebels. He put up 20 points, eight rebounds and six blocks in his last performance.
Again, I feel Joel James should be used the most, given his size and rebounding ability. Offensively, Brice Johnson appears to be the best weapon, though he doesn't seem as comfortable at center.
But who knows what Roy is going to do. It's been a mess at the 5, and it's hard to say when that will come to an end.
If the Tar Heels can't control the paint against UNLV, they might as well throw in the towel.