College Basketball: 5 Things That Could Prevent a Carolina Title Run in 2012

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College Basketball: 5 Things That Could Prevent a Carolina Title Run in 2012

Ever since Harrison Barnes and company declared their intentions to return to Chapel Hill this season, I've read copious amounts of articles that have raved about just how good UNC will be and how this team is clearly the perennial favorite to cut down the nets come April.

With college basketball less than a month away, I again looked through UNC's current roster and incoming recruiting class and am amazed by just how deep they'll really be.  

They have stars at every starting five position and the necessary depth to back them up. The returning players are battle-tested, well-coached, hungry and have a team-first mentality. On paper, they have the indisputable makeup of a championship-caliber team.  

But then I got to thinking: What could actually keep UNC from its third championship in seven years?  Will anyone stand in the way of UNC washing the bitter taste out of its mouth left from last year's Elite Eight exit? And who—or what—could bring this team down from the euphoric high it's been riding since all five starters said they were coming back?

The reasons are few and far between to be honest—UNC, aside from Kentucky, is simply heads above the rest looking ahead to the 2011-2012 season, with UConn and Ohio State making Honorable Mentions—but that doesn't mean the following dilemmas wouldn't drastically reduce UNC's chances of winning a championship.

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