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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The college hoops experts at Sports Illustrated peer into their respective crystal balls.

Seth Davis picks UNC to win the title. "The Tar Heels have the perfect blend of talent, depth and experience," Davis writes. "It usually takes a full season to get used to a new coach, so better things should be coming in Roy Williams' second season."

But Luke Winn and Stewart Mandel each pick Carolina as the "bust of the year."

"A bust, in the sense that the Tar Heels won't live up to the mammoth expectations heaped upon them. UNC will win 25 games and contend for the ACC title, but it won't make the Final Four," writes Winn.

"The Tar Heels have the talent, but they also have some glaring holes, and the attitude of their marquee player (Rashad McCants) is no small deterrent," writes Mandel.