3 Biggest Questions for UNC Men's Basketball Team vs. Michigan State

These are the three biggest questions for UNC heading into a second-round showdown with Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament.
RJ Davis had 22 points in UNC's first-round win over Wagner
RJ Davis had 22 points in UNC's first-round win over Wagner / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Will Armando Bacot Dominate in the Paint?

With respect to Malik Hall and Carson Cooper, Michigan State doesn't have any player on their roster who can hang with Bacot. If the double-double machine flexes his muscles, UNC could win by double-digits.

Bacot had 20 points and 15 rebounds against Wagner to earn his fourth straight double-double and he'll be critical on the glass. The Spartans are 170th in defensive rebounding percentage (71.1%), giving Bacot ample opportunity to flex his muscles and show why he's among the best big men in the country.

All eyes will be on the Davis vs. Walker matchup, but Bacot is the key ingredient for a Tar Heels win if you ask me. Michigan State is 164th in two-point shooting percentage (50.6%), so forcing them into a poor game inside will force the Spartans to rely on three-point shooting. If they're having a bad shooting night, Bacot will gobble up rebounds with ease.

It's not even that important for Bacot to score much, as this is likely to be a defensive slugfest. If he can mitigate second-chance opportunities, the Tar Heels will win.

In what could be his final game in a UNC uniform, you can bet the school's all-time leading rebounder will be ready to play.

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