When: 9 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
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Radio: WCHL-1360, WRDU-106.1
Projected starting lineups
F Will Graves 9.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg
F John Henson 5.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg
F Deon Thompson 13.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg
G Marcus Ginyard 8.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg
G Larry Drew II 8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg
F Lamonte Ulmer 11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg
F Delroy James 13.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg
C Will Martell 7.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg
G Marquis Johnson 5.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg
G Keith Cothran 14.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Records: North Carolina 19-16, Rhode Island 26-9
Player to watch: Rhode Island sixth man Akeem Richmond grew up in Sanford, attended UNC's basketball camp and was a ball boy during the Tar Heels' 2005 championship season. The shooting guard is averaging 8.9 points off the bench, and he set a school freshman record this season with 81 3-pointers.
Observation: Although the teams boast similar school colors, the Tar Heels will be wearing their "away" blue jerseys because they have the lower seed (UNC was a No. 4 in its quadrant; URI was a No. 2).