All set to watch North Carolina vs. Ohio but don't have TBS on your television? That's plenty okay because we've got a few live stream options for you so that you don't miss the Tar Heels take on the Bobcats in the Sweet 16.
If you are near a television and have TBS the game begins at 7:47 p.m., but there are easy online options as well. The most convenient way to watch the North Carolina-Ohio game online is to go to ncaa.tbs.com and authenticate your cable package. If you have a cable package that includes TBS you simply go to those websites, punch in your account information, and then you should be able to watch the game.
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The storyline that everyone is interested in for Friday night's game is how the Tar Heels play without starting point guard Kendall Marshall, who broke his right wrist against Creighton in the Round of 32. Marshall hoped earlier in the week that he'd be able to play against Ohio, but North Carolina coach Roy Williams essentially ruled him out when he told reporters that Marshall wasn't even able to brush his own teeth.
Instead the responsibility to run Williams' fast break offense falls to freshman guard Stilman White. White, who plays on going on a two-year Mormon retreat after this season, mostly played mop-up duty minutes for the Tar Heels this season. No one expects White to completely replace what Marshall brought to the table for North Carolina, but he will need to play at a high level if the Tar Heels hope to advance to New Orleans next weekend.
Stilman is like a little colt running around out there. Kendall thinks three plays ahead. Stilman's still trying to think [whether] he's got both shoes tied, Williams told reporters this week about White. But Stilman's got a little toughness to him. I mean, he really does. Like I say, he's wacko and maybe it's the wacko to the extent that he doesn't realize it, but I like the toughness. He's willing to try to make plays. I don't worry any more about Stilman tomorrow than I would if he was going to play two minutes.
White could have his hands full against Ohio's star guard D.J. Cooper. Cooper has been fantastic in the NCAA Tournament thus far for the Bobcats scoring 21 points in an upset over Michigan in the Round of 64. He added another 19 points and seven assists against South Florida in the Round of 32 and is central to Ohio's chances of knocking off the big favorite.
Cooper could help expose North Carolina's biggest current weakness - backcourt depth. Not only is White extremely inexperienced, but if he gets in foul trouble there are not many other options on the bench. Senior Justin Watts will likely get some time at the guard position, but after him there is no one else that can really play significant minutes.
North Carolina's strong frontcourt should likely prove to be too much for Ohio to deal with -- they don't have the players to defend both Tyler Zeller and John Henson -- but Stilman White represents a huge liability for Ohio to capitalize on.