Sports
10:30 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Carolina & NC State Head to Sweet Sixteen

North Carolina and NC State return to action tonight in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Tar Heels take on Ohio with all eyes on the point guard. Coach Roy Williams says freshman Stilman White will likely start for the injured Kendall Marshall.

Roy Williams: Stilman, yeah, he really is - he's the guy that's gonna play. Stillman and Jay Watts. As long as their heart's not beating so fast that they pass out before they get to the court, I think we'll still have five guys out there starting.

Tar Heel senior Tyler Zeller is one of those five and he says Carolina has an advantage under the basket.

Tyler Zeller: I think our guard play's gonna be very important to us. We can attack them a little bit down low. We'll just try to play to our strengths.

Then the Wolfpack goes up against perennial powerhouse Kansas in the late game of the Sweet Sixteen. Coach Mark Gottfried told GoPack.com his team is ready for an upset.

Mark Gottfried: Kansas is very good, very talented. Thomas Robinson, a player of the year candidate, he's big, strong, he's tough to guard inside. And I like their guards - both of their guards can really score. I think when the game is on the line, those two guards seem to find ways to get baskets. So we've got to do a good job. We've got to beat them; they're not gonna give us a game. We need to go to St. Louis with the mindset that we have to convincingly beat them to win the game.

The games begin at about 7:45 tonight.