ACC vs. Atlantic 10
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Silver Anniversary

First round: ACC vs. Atlantic 10
ACC Silver Anniversary Team Atlantic 10 Silver Anniversary Team
G: Michael Jordan, UNC (2-time All-American, '84 national player of year) G: Mark Macon, Temple (only four-time all-A-10 performer)
G: Mark Price, Ga. Tech (4-time all-ACC, led ACC in scoring as freshman) G: Jameer Nelson, St. Joe's (headed for third straight all-A10 selection)
F: Len Bias, Maryland (2-time ACC player of year, 2-time All-American) F: Lou Roe, UMass ('95 All-American; UMass' all-time leading rebounder)
F: Christian Laettner, Duke (4 Final Fours, '92 national player of year) F: David West, Xavier (3-time A10 player of year, '03 All-American)
C: Ralph Sampson, Virginia (3-time All-American, 3-time national POY) C: Marcus Camby, UMass ('96 national player of the year)

Fran Fraschilla's analysis

No. 1 seed ACC
Coach: Dean Smith

Offense: This is an excellent transition team with Price pushing the ball and Sampson runs unusually well for someone his size. Jordan and Bias will be "murder" on the wings. In the half-court offense, Laettner is a versatile inside-out big man who will complement Sampson well. Price will take the heat off any double-teams because of his great shooting ability and, at the end of the shot clock, Smith can give it to you-know-who.

Defense: Will play "multiple defenses" with this team as Smith has the 7-4 Sampson as the "goaltender" in any of his full-court presses and in the middle of the "point" zone he likes to utilize. Jordan and Bias will be especially tough defending the wing positions.

Intangibles: How about college basketball's winningest coach of all time and the NBA's best all-time player AND competitor?

No. 8 seed: Atlantic 10
Coach: John Chaney

Offense: Nice Philly flavor in the backcourt. Nelson and Macon will have the ball in their hands 80 percent of the time. Roe, Camby, and West understand that a shot taken by the guards is a pass to them on the offensive glass.

Defense: Of course, Chaney will implement the vaunted Temple match-up zone which will drive the opponent nuts.

Intangibles: John Calipari agrees to be Chaney's top assistant. They have long since patched up their differences. Calipari will handle the postgame press conferences.


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