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THB Tournament First Round: #1 2005 vs #8 2013


#1 2005 vs #8 2013

Starters and Bench

2005 Pos 2013
Raymond Felton
PG Marcus Paige
Rashad McCants
SG Dexter Strickland
Jackie Manuel
SF Reggie Bullock
Jawad Williams
PF P.J. Hairston
Sean May
C James Michael McAdoo
Melvin Scott
G Leslie McDonald
Quentin Thomas
G J.P. Tokoto
Marvin Williams
F Brice Johnson
David Noel F Jackson Simmons

Much like the other #1 vs #8 match-ups this one is pretty straightforward. In fact there is one inescapable aspect once you see the lineups matched up. If going small against the 2005 Tar Heels didn't work for Illinois or Villanova then the 2013 team doesn't stand much of a chance. Sean May dominated players who were actually traditional centers(Shelden Williams for example) so chances are the same thing is happening with him going against James Michael McAdoo. Raymond Felton versus freshman Marcus Paige is a no-brainer and Jackie Manuel shadowing Reggie Bullock would likely shut the junior from Kinston down. The Jaward Williams versus P.J. Hairston match-up might be the only spot 2013 can glean an advantage, that is until Marvin Williams comes off the bench at the four.

Finally, the 2005 team was 2nd in offensive efficiency at 121.9 while 2013 was 55th in defense at 94.9 You do the math.