Nearly every year, upsets take place in the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and we all know they're awfully difficult to predict. There are also some givens -- blowouts that raise the question of who really deserved to be at the tournament. Most of the teams playing the Nos. 1 through 4 seeds won smaller conference titles or had to pull off inspiring winning streaks to make the field. Will any of them win this year? We'll know soon enough. So without further delay, here's a preview of some of the upcoming matchups on Thursday. North Carolina, No. 1 in the South, will play the Radford Highlanders, the winner of the Big South. The game, in Greensboro, N.C., is practically in the Tar Heels' back yard. Although North Carolina is obviously the favorite in this matchup, it should be an up-tempo game with a lot of action from both sides. UNC has Tyler Hansbrough and Wayne Ellington, but worth noting is that point guard Ty Lawson is likely out with a foot injury. The Heels might be able to get past Radford without him, but they need him if they plan to contend for the title this year. It's no secret that Roy Williams likes his kids to play a fast offense -- they've averaged 90 points a game this year, often leaving opponents in the dust. The Highlanders averaged a more humble 76 points a game, but have sped up, eclipsing 90 in four of their last six games and reaching 108 in their Big South championship game win. Sixty-four of those 108 points were in the paint, so expect them to try to set up shop inside.
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