It is an interesting matchup.
What separates UConn and UNC, however, is grit. That team is Downy tissue-paper soft and Uconns core is battle-tested and proven. Once that game gets into the grinder, Uconn pulls away.
Here is a matchup breakdown
PG - Napier Vs Marshall -- size vs speed. steady vs swagger. To me this is a toss-up skill-wise(I am a fan of Marshalls game, personally), but experience edge and savvy goes to Napier. Slight Edge UCONN
SG - Lamb Vs Strickland -- Strickland, to my eye, has underachieved in his time with the 'Heels. Lamb has 2-3 inches in height on him and will be the premier scorer in college basketball this year. Big Edge to UCONN
SF- 'Scoe Vs Barnes -- I think that 'Scoe matches up very, very well with Harrison Barnes athletically, and knows his role on the team. Still, Barnes has a tremendous amount of skill and Savvy. As their go-to player, Big Edge to UNC.
PF - Oriahki Vs Henson -- Another interesting matchup of dissimilar players. Henson is a beanpole who uses his length to make plays. Oriakhi is a monster. I see this matchup really being a struggle for Henson, as Oriahki is more athletic, stronger, and never gives an inch. Henson is an OK player, but this is a terrible matchup for him. Edge to Uconn
C - Drummond Vs Zeller -- First of all, no one knows how Drummond will perform this year, so this is a complete projection. Zeller is a good little player, but in my viewings, has really struggled without a clear size/strength advantage. This is a case of that. However, I'll be conservative, with the expectation that I will be wrong. Edge: Slight UNC
Total: Uconn has an Edge in 3 of the 5 individual matchups, at PG, SG, and PF. i think we are a more athletic overall, and have much better ability to switch our game up from a run and gun situation to a slog and grind situation.
I don't particularly care for Calhoun personally. When it is all said and done though there is no better coach in America to orchestrate a convincing and powerful 1 game strategy. My money would be on UConn/Calhoun if this match up comes to fruition. I do think Roy is a very good coach though. I do not envision UConn vs. NCAR in the final however.No one is mentioning our biggest advantage in a matchup - JC!!!!!! He would find a way to win this one!
All that matters really is that Andre darnS ON zeller...
Imagine some college scrub against an NBA superstar. That's what you get when Andre plays against Zeller. I don't care how "great" Zeller is. Andre is one of the best players of the generation and I will detest this until hes gone and this will be a fact. Andre is Amare Stoudamire x3 and Zeller is just another white 4x college player...not even a comparison...uconn wins...nuff said.
I'd give Marshall a slight edge over Shabazz at this point only because he ran the team last year and it will basically be the same team...SN will have a big adjustment wo Kemba...
I agree with the rest...the key could be the benches...
I like our defense and match ups...but this is a pick em game...if they play 10 times, 5 each imo...