Unless the 'Heels suffer an embarrassing upset to the Long Island Blackbirds, they will face either the No. 7 seeded Washington Huskies or the No. 10 seeded Georgia Bulldogs.
The Huskies will have to travel cross-country to Charlotte to take on Trey Thompkins and the Georgia Bulldogs in what should be a tight game.
Washington will enter the tournament fresh off an overtime victory over No.15 Arizona, in which junior guard Isaiah Thomas beat the buzzer to give the Huskies their second consecutive Pac-10 championship.
When they meet the Bulldogs, who arguably play in a stronger conference, it will be one of the best first round matchups on the bracket this March.
I'm picking Washington, on the expectation that they will come out hot and keep it going under Thomas' leadership.
UNC will have to contain Thomas, who averaged 16.8 points per game, if they don't want to get knocked out in the second round.
The Tar Heels should beat the Huskies or the Bulldogs, but they can't afford to underestimate them or they'll find themselves scrambling to stay alive.