This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.
North Carolina heading to the Final Four for their second straight season, while Oregon ends an eight-year drought for the Pac-12 conference, as the league hasn't had a representative since the Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love days. The following is a comprehensive preview of how the matchup breaks down on paper.
North Carolina Tar Heels, South Region No.1 Seed
Backcourt: Joel Berry headlines a deep and talented group for the Tar Heels that has helped get them back to the final weekend for the second year in a row. Berry has had ankle issues throughout the tournament, starting with an awkward landing on a 3-point shot in the opening round. He rolled his other ankle during Sunday's contest but was able to come back in and play through it. Despite playing on a balky ankle, Berry managed to put up 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists while swiping a pair of steals. Beyond Berry, there's a handful of talented players that have made this deep run possible. Theo Pinson, who doesn't make a major box score impact, is a ferocious defender on the wing that helped hold Kentucky's Malik Monk to 12 points Sunday. He will undoubtedly be a thorn in the side of any Oregon wing player on Saturday. Furthermore, Nate Britt provides a strong presence off the bench thanks to his speed and high basketball IQ. With the way Oregon has to had to adjust its lineups in the wake of Chris Boucher's injury, North Carolina