The second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament kicks into high gear as the No. 1-seed North Carolina Tar Heels (29-5) faces the No. 16-seeded Vermont Catamounts (24-11) at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. on Friday.
The tip off takes place at 4:10 p.m. ET. The game will be television on TBS.
If you're looking to watch the game online, it can be seen on March Madness On Demand, which shows every NCAA Men's Tournament game for a one-time payment of $3.99.
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The Tar Heels are among the favorites to win the NCAA title this season, which is maily due to their exceptional frontcourt. John Henson is improving from a wrist injury, but North Carolina has Tyler Zeller and Harrion Barnes to pick up the slack. Both Barnes and Zeller are among the best frontcourt players in the nation.
Head coach Roy Williams is eager to bring a title back to Chapel Hill, and starting the tournament in nearby Greensboro is a good start. The Tar Heels have a very good chance of breezing through the first two rounds, with a possible showdown with Kansas in the Elite Eight as the main roadblock to a Final Four appearance.
Vermont outlasted Lamar, and are one of the teams that is just happy to be there. The Catamounts are coming off a strong season in the American East, and won 11 nonconference games.
Head coach Pat Knight, the son of former Indiana coaching legend Bobby Knight, will be looking to make history against the Tar Heels after defeating Lamar, 71-59, earlier this week.
PREDICTION: The Catamounts will have to play the best defense of their lives to hold off the Tar Heels' excellent scoring attack. North Carolina will be playing in front of huge number of their fans despite the game being on a neutral court. Expect North Carolina to jump out to a big lead, and not look back.
PREDICTED SCORE: North Carolina over Vermont, 82-52