Illinois: If Dee Brown is healthy, they’ll make the above quartet a quintet. If he’s not, the Illini’s backcourt will not be able to mask the frontcourt’s offensive limitations.
Syracuse: They’ll be better if Billy Edelin plays, but if their only options for the other backcourt spot is Joshs Pace and Wright they’ll still be plenty good. Gerry McNamara and Hakim Warrick are both individually capable of carrying the team to victory on any night.
North Carolina: The additions of Marvin Williams and Quentin Thomas will allow Carolina to go nine deep this year. Presumably Roy Williams will be able to bench Matt Doherty’s recruits punitively if necessary without forcing under-qualified practice players onto the floor. Felton, McCants, and May are still talented and still haven’t accomplished much of anything beyond the coup. This may be their last chance to do so as another good recruiting class will give Coach Williams even more of his own players for 2005-06.