Is UNC Ready to Take the Title?

Jack MicholicCorrespondent IApril 1, 2009

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29:  (L-R) Ty Lawson #5 and Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels pose with the South Regional trophy after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional Final at the FedExForum on March 29, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Tar Heels defeated the Sooners 72-60 to advance to the Final Four.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

The Final Four...Exciting, fascinating, and always fun to watch. The question is this, however: Just who will walk away with a National Championship?

Could it be Villanova, led by NBA-bound senior guard, Scottie Reynolds?

Possibly UCONN with Hasheem Thabeet's inside shot-blocking presence? Could senior guard AJ Price lead the way for the Huskies in Motown?

Or maybe the true Cinderella team, Michigan State, who pretty much came out of no where and just dominated the boards to upset the overall one-seeded Louisville Cardinals?

All three of these teams really have more than enough talent, but one team sticks out in my mind, and that team is the University of North Carolina.

North Carolina. This is one team you simply don't want to mess with. The speed of the entire team is simply remarkable.

The uncanny ability to shoot the ball is incredible to watch, and its not like they miss often. This rowdy UNC team averages a .463% shooting average for the season. 

Help comes from one of the fastest guys on the court today, Ty Lawson. Averaging 16.3 points a game, and shooting a .542 FG% on the season can almost completely shut down any team when hot.

But let's not forget about his fellow guard, Wayne Ellington. Playing 30.1 minutes per game (Tied with Tyler Hansbrough for most on the team), he is definitely a player that you need to keep your eye on.

And let's not forget about the big man himself, Tyler Hansbrough.

Don't let this "6'9" 250 Pound walking wall of steel fool you for a lanky uncoordinated oaf of an inside guy. This guy can FLAT OUT PLAY! Averaging .450% from beyond the arc is something you really don't see everyday. His 20.1 points a game isn't really an easy task either, for the all-time scorer at UNC no matter how easy he makes it look.

You can watch UNC this upcoming Saturday taking on another fast-paced squad in Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats. 

Even though the regular season has come to a close, the high stakes, uptempo tournament play rages on at full throttle.

The raw emotion and the anticipation for these young players to finally have an opportunity to achieve the childhood dream of winning a National Championship is something special that will be carried with them wherever they may go in life.