The Tigers were thin even before sophomore forward Jeremy Hunt tore the ACL in his left knee on Feb. 20.
The Tar Heels are only seven deep and will be forced to go small if their only inside presence, 6'9" sophomore forward Sean May, gets into foul trouble.
The dangerous Cowboys are filled with experience. Junior guard Daniel Bobik, 24, is one of nine upper-classmen in Oklahoma State's rotation.
The 25-4 Salukis are making their third consecutive appearance in the NCAAs and have three senior starters.
There is a reason why the Cardinal has played so well in close games. Coach Mike Montgomery starts four upperclassmen; its freshmen have scored a total of 72 points this season.
The veteran poise of four seniors has enabled the Wildcats to win five games by three points or fewer.
The Zags start four upperclassmen and redshirt sophomore guard Erroll Knight.