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Title Odds: 1-1
The Road Ahead: In the Final Four, the Tar Heels will look to improve to 3-0 against Syracuse this season before taking care of business against a No. 2 seed in the title game. They haven't really been challenged yet, though, winning each of their four games by a margin of at least 14 points.
Reason to Buy: It took four months for him to show up, but if Marcus Paige is here to stay, best of luck to any team trying to slow down this offense. The senior guard was 6-of-9 from three-point range against Indiana and was one of five players for the Tar Heels to score at least 10 points against both the Hoosiers and Fighting Irish.
Seriously, though, who's the weakest link in UNC's offense? Kennedy Meeks—otherwise known as a center whom 350 teams would love to make a primary focus of their offense? When good North Carolina shows up, it is ridiculously good.
Reason to Sell: Defense, particularly of the three-point variety. Yes, the Heels scored 101 points against Indiana, but they also gave up 86 by allowing the Hoosiers to make 13 three-pointers. Over the previous four games, though, North Carolina held the opposition to 59.3 points per game, so this team has spent most of the tournament erasing all of its perceived weaknesses.
Will Cut Down the Nets if... They remain committed to the cause. North Carolina opened the season ranked No. 1 in the nation and played like a favorite to reach the Final Four far more often than not. But every now and then, the Tar Heels seemed to lose focus. Their biggest remaining enemy might be themselves.
Slide updated by Kerry Miller.