Daily Word: Who'll prevail in national semifinals?

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 0:17 AM

: N Carolina. The Tar Heels wish to dominate interior and run. Syracuse will wish the Tar Heels to shoot over the zone. NC has the right personnel to obtain in the center of the zone with various large men.

Daily Word: Who'll prevail in national semifinals?

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: N Carolina. The Tar Heels wish to dominate interior and run. Syracuse will wish the Tar Heels to shoot over the zone. NC has the right personnel to obtain in the center of the zone with various huge men. The Orange'south running has been remarkable, but it'south tough to look the Tar Heels failing to get advantage of their skill to rebound and crack the zone -- whether with the midrange game or dump-down passes to bigs in the post.

: N Carolina. This is where the dream ends for Jim Boeheim and the Cuse -- who are playing with house money. The Tar Heels will utilize their size, depth and talent to win this one.

: N Carolina. The combination of the Tar Heels' depth and size interior will be too much for Syracuse to handle. As excellent as the zone has been, I don't think it can close down all of the weapons the Tar Heels have.

: KS coach Bill Self said one player can carry a team to a title. He'south right. Buddy Hield is talented sufficient to do it. But he's help. And the Sooners are playing quite well offensively overall. Villanova has been tearing it up on third of late. But the Sooners might be able to body them up and disrupt the Wildcats' skill to obtain excellent looks. This has the potential to be a late-possession game, but the edge goes to Oklahoma.

: Oklahoma. Buddy, Buddy, Buddy. The Sooners obtain the slight edge, particularly if Isaiah Cousins comes to play.

: Villanova. The Wildcats' defense is the X factor in a game that features two teams that love to shoot three. It'll be about the ones that don't go in, as opposed to the ones that do, and Villanova'south skill to defend the arc will be the difference maker.

: Hield. This is Buddy'south Final Four. I'm not going to shy far from him yet. He's embraced the moment as well as we've seen from someone in the NCAA tournament. He'south also been a terrific second-half player, and there'south a excellent chance that will continue.

: I'm going with Hield. He'south the star -- and he wants the ball in the huge moment. He'south fearless and makes big shots.

: Kris Jenkins. Everyone knows all about Ryan Arcidiacono by now, but Jenkins still flies below the radar. He'south averaging 15.3 points per game in the NCAA tournament, shooting fifty-six % from the floor. With everyone eyeballing Arcidiacono and Hield, don't be surprised if the undersung Jenkins steals the show.

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