|ACC vs. SEC|
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Fran Fraschilla's analysis
After having a little trouble with John Chaney's match-up zone in the first round, the ACC moved into this semifinal matchup behind Mark Price's long-range shooting and the athleticism of Michael Jordan and Len Bias.
They'll certainly have a tougher time today against Shaquille O'Neal and his SEC friends, as the big fella tries to bully Ralph Sampson down low. But don't sell Sampson short. I'd sure enjoy watching any O'Neal-Sampson matchup, which would remind me of those games during 1982 between the 7'4" Cavalier and a certain Hoya named Patrick Ewing. (Maybe we'll see one last go-around between those two in the next round.)
While O'Neal is the one player the ACC won't have an answer for, he won't be enough. I think the ACC will have a little too much Jordan, who also won't be stopped by any SEC defender. Oh, and don't forget about Christian Laettner, who'll cause plenty of matchup problems for Jamaal Mashburn ... who'll have a flashback or two of 1992.
As long as Sampson doesn't get bullied down low, the ACC should prevail. Jordan and Bias lock up Allan Houston and Chuck Person -- two guys who had big games against the Big Ten's smaller guards. But this time around, too much Jordan is more than too much O'Neal.