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In this first-round matchup, it's No. 10-seed Michigan vs. No. 23-seed North Carolina State. Check the rosters, the college stats and the Page 2 takes, then place your vote.

Michigan
Starting Lineup
Pos. Player Ht. Yrs Avg.
G Rickey Green 6-0 76-77 19.7
G Jalen Rose 6-8 92-94 17.5
F Glen Rice 6-7 86-89 18.2
F Cazzie Russell 6-5 64-66 27.1
C Chris Webber 6-9 92-93 17.4
The Bench
G Mike McGee 6-5 78-81 21.3
F Rudy Tomjanovich 6-8 68-70 25.1
Photos: Rice (Getty), Webber (Getty), Rose (Getty)

Eric Neel predicts ...
Jimmy V gives a rousing pregame speech that has Bailey and Whittenberg believing all over again. David Thompson cancels out Cazzie Russell, and the Wolverines are vulnerable at the point, where Rodney Monroe is having one of those "You forgot about me, didn't you?" performances, making like Isiah or Stephon, dishing and driving, but Chris Webber eats Tom Burleson and his "Boogie Nights" mustache alive.

It's like Ali vs. Ernie Terrell. Webber keeps shouting, "What's my name?!" Burleson keeps saying, "Master Chris, sir. Master Chris!" Eventually, bored with the routine, Webber starts kicking it out to Glen Rice on the perimeter. Jalen is giddy at the sight of it, making like the Weather Girls, singing "It's raining 3s, hallelujah!"
Final score: Michigan 82, N.C. State 69

 

 

North Carolina State
Starting Lineup
Pos. Player Ht. Yrs Avg.
G Rodney Monroe 6-3 88-91 20.6
G David Thompson 6-4 73-75 26.8
F Tom Gugliotta 6-10 89-92 13.6
F Kenny Carr 6-8 75-77 20.6
C Tommy Burleson 7-4 72-74 19.0
The Bench
G Dereck Whittenberg 6-1 80-83 10.4
F Thurl Bailey 6-11 80-83 12.2
Photos: Bailey (NC State Univ.), Thompson (NC State Univ.), Gugliotta (NC State Univ.)

Scoop Jackson predicts ...
Michigan is the 10th seed in this tournament, yet many feel it should have been seeded higher. Of those people, Jim Valvano speaks the loudest. He feels his team matches up much better against Indiana, Kentucky or Duke than against the "Ann Arbor Assassins," as Jalen Rose has nicknamed his squad.

From the get, Valvano is right. The Blue and Gold give the partisan crowd reasons to go bucknoodles, as they dominate the game in every facet possible. NC State doesn't lie down quietly, though. David Thompson plays like a man being exorcised, screaming after every bucket, "The devil made me do it." No one, not even Steve Fisher's diamond-and-one zone can stop him. Monroe, Whittenberg and Gugliotta contribute, but it's not nearly enough. Thompson (who finishes with his number, 44), can't do it alone, but he tried. Suspended Chris Washburn gives Michigan's Webber a hug after the game, prompting a USA Today reporter to call NCAA president Myles Brand.
Final score: Michigan 110, N.C. State 89