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Time to Dance: North Carolina

Who? The Tar Heels of North Carolina.

What? North Carolina is the Tar Heel State, hence that nickname for the athletics of the state's flagship school. The most likely source of the nickname for the state is a remark by Robert E. Lee during the Civil War that a North Carolina contingent had held their ground "as if they had tar on their heels". As for why they're represented by a ram named Rameses, that dates back to the 1920s and a player nicknamed the battering ram.

Where? Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

When? Saturday the 19th, versus Fresno State in Albuquerque.

Why? Strength of schedule, especially out of conference schedule, does bad things to the Tar Heels. A 5 might be generous.

How? They were an at-large selection from the ACC.


Surprise? Not really. North Carolina does have a bit of a basketball tradition.

Who's driving this thing, anyway? Sylvia Hatchell, since 1986. Really loves the running game.

RPI: 20

SOS: 47

Record: 26-8 (8-6 ACC)

Best win: Iowa (H)

Worst loss: NC State (A)

Notable results: When your second-best out-of-conference win is Illinois, you have no notable results.

North Carolina likes to go fast. They know that there are risks and rewards to going fast, and they go fast. They also go big- few teams can match the amount of size they can bring, with 6-6 sophomore Waltiea Rolle, 6-5 junior Chay Shegog, and 6-3 senior Jessica Breland. You would think this would result in more than a +7 margin on the boards, though. The scoring is very balanced for the Tar Heels, and most of their rotation players are capable of going off in a hurry.