Big Ten-ACC Challenge 2011: North Carolina vs. Wisconsin—Something's Got To Give

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Big Ten-ACC Challenge 2011: North Carolina vs. Wisconsin—Something's Got To Give
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In their only previous meeting, the Tar Heels beat Wisconsin 88-82 in the 2005 NCAA East Regional Final en route to Roy Williams' first championship

Tonight, No. 5 North Carolina hosts No. 7/9 Wisconsin in a prime-time showdown featuring two of the nation's elite point guards, Kendall Marshall and Jordan Taylor.

This game is more than just a clinic in point guard pageantry, however.

Also on display tonight will be a clash between two diametrically-opposed offensive styles, as an unstoppable force (the Tar Heels) meets an immovable object (the Badgers).

Coach Roy Williams will encourage his pass-first, -second and -always playmaker Marshall to return the high-scoring Tar Heels to form (they're currently fifth in the country with 88.0 pts/gm). Meanwhile, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and his sharp-shooting guard Taylor (45 percent shooting from three-point range this season) will attempt to grind the game to a crawl and keep the scoring total as low as possible.

Both teams have been successful imposing their style of play on their opponents this season.  So which approach will win out tonight?

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