vs. Duke, 8 p.m., WRAL/WCHL-AM 1360, WRDU-106.1
As Tar Heels fans prepare to applaud graduate student Justin Knox - a transfer from Alabama who bolstered UNC's thin frontcourt this season - on senior night, it's going to be interesting to see if this marks the final home game for any other UNC players, as well.
Freshman Harrison Barnes and sophomore John Henson have played their way into the conversation on potential early, first-round picks in this summer's NBA Draft, with Barnes' growing knack for clutch shots and Henson's instinct for blocked shots and rebounds drawing attention. Junior Tyler Zeller, as a 7-footer, also would be welcomed early into the NBA.
All, obviously, would gain strength, experience and improved skills from another year in college and would improve UNC's chances at a return to the Final Four next season. But it could be the length of UNC's run through the NCAA tournament this month that determines whether they stay or go. Remember: big man Sean May had every intention of returning to the Tar Heels in 2005, until he raised his draft stock during the postseason,