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 11-27-2006, 12:41 PM         #1
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#1 OSU Vs. #6 UNC - Wednesday @ 9:00 on ESPN
 

 
OSU-UNC looking like freshman all-star game


By Andrew Skwara, Rivals.com College Basketball Staff Writer


Ohio State travels to North Carolina on Nov. 29 for a game that will feature the largest collection of freshmen talent this season. The Tar Heels and Buckeyes landed the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked classes in Rivals.com's 2006 team rankings. Both groups have been compared to some of the greatest classes of all time.
The six-man group the Tar Heels signed has everything from big-name recruits to balance to depth.

Point guard Tywon Lawson, shooting guard Wayne Ellington and power forward Brandan Wright were all ranked among the top 10 in the class of 2006.

There's also power forwards Alex Stepheson and Deon Thompson, a pair of top-100 prospects from California. Three-star small forward William Graves is the only in-state recruit in the class.

Ohio State's five-man group is also balanced, but it's known best for including Greg Oden - the dominating 7-foot center. Oden has long been considered the No. 1-prosepct in this class. Many believe he is the best big man to come out of the high school ranks in decades.


However, Oden won't be playing against the Tar Heels unless it's in the NCAA Tournament. He is recovering from offseason wrist surgery and isn't expected back until January.

The Buckeyes also signed two other McDonald's All-Americans: point guard Mike Conley (who played with Oden at Lawrence North in Indianapolis) and shooting guard Daequan Cook.

Four-star shooting guard David Lighty and power forward Othello Hunter, one of the nation's top junior college transfers, round out the class.

But, it's not just the freshmen that have generated all the hype behind this matchup.

The Tar Heels might have the nation's deepest and most talented team. Six of their top seven scorers return from a young team that captured a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season.

That includes preseason ACC player of the year Tyler Hansbrough, who averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds a game on his way to collecting several National Freshman of the Year awards and All-America honors last season.
The Buckeyes face a different situation having lost four starters – one of the main factors in their tremendous recruiting success. But they still bring back one of the Big Ten's top point guards in Jamar Butler, who averaged 4.6 a.ssists per game last season. Another key contributor will be Ron Lewis, who scored 11.2 points per game as a sixth man in 2005-06.

All these factors have the Tar Heels and Buckeyes picked as the favorites in their respective conferences. The reasons above also illustrate why this may be the most intriguing matchup of the season.

311 comments for "#1 OSU Vs. #6 UNC - Wednesday @ 9:00 on ESPN"

 11 years ago '04        #2
Obese82 6 heat pts
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U needa change your headline to...Damn! They #1 Without Me!
 11-27-2006, 12:47 PM         #3
WillyHBonnie  OP
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LOL... yeah... I just did!
 11-27-2006, 12:48 PM         #4
502forLife  OP
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I was wondering why my post went down a lil bit.
 11 years ago '04        #5
Obese82 6 heat pts
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When is Oden supposed to return? January?
 11-27-2006, 12:52 PM         #6
backMJPIP2333  OP
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here ya go Bonnie


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 11-27-2006, 12:53 PM         #7
WillyHBonnie  OP
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 Obese82 said:
When is Oden supposed to return? January?
That's when he's supposedly supposed to return. I actually think it might be before that. He's been playing and practicing with the team all season WITH HIS LEFT HAND. They showed something on it the other day and it was crazy how effortlessly he was doing it almost ambidextrously.
 11-27-2006, 12:55 PM         #8
502forLife  OP
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did the new poll come out today??
 11-27-2006, 12:56 PM         #9
backMJPIP2333  OP
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 Obese82 said:
When is Oden supposed to return? January?
December is not out of the question, Oden wants to play now and he tried to play Friday but the Team Physician wouldnt allow it. hes practicing at full speed but they dont want to rush it
 11-27-2006, 12:57 PM         #10
WillyHBonnie  OP
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 502forLife said:
did the new poll come out today??
 11-27-2006, 12:58 PM         #11
WillyHBonnie  OP
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 backMJPIP2333 said:
here ya go Bonnie


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 11-27-2006, 01:00 PM         #12
502forLife  OP
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Kansas should be number 4. Not the gators.
 11 years ago '04        #13
Hood_Rich 7 heat pts
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ACC gone take the Big 10/ACC Challenge hope ya'll know

UCLA at #2??, guess they made it by default




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 11-27-2006, 01:23 PM         #14
sebastian  OP
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Glad they got the #1 spot.

Now all we gotta do is handle ours.
 11 years ago '04        #15
uncfan888 5 heat pts
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so thursday morning i'll get to wake up and know that my alma mater knocked off the #1 team... niiiiiiice. that'll jump us back up into the top 5
 11-27-2006, 02:21 PM         #16
Hurricane Ra  OP
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Im gonna roll with the Tar Heels on this one
 11 years ago '04        #17
I Need Music. 
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Yeah, I don't see UNC losing at home.
Florida should have dropped more in the polls.
Thank God UCLA jumped Pitt.

game is gonna be ill, none the less.
 11-27-2006, 02:37 PM         #18
backMJPIP2333  OP
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i just hope its a good game........it would be Ill if Oden was playing b/c im hyped to see him play. but w/e im just happy that Buckeye Basketball is on the Come Up.


should be crazy come Tourney Time
 11 years ago '04        #19
uncfan888 5 heat pts
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^if Oden was playing this game would be unbelievable.. but i still think it's going to be a great game.

GREAT WAY TO PROPERLY START THE NCAA BASKETBALL SEASON
 11-27-2006, 02:53 PM         #20
WillyHBonnie  OP
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