Kansas coach Roy Williams and Matt Doherty wonÃ¢ÂÂt be playing a celebrity one-on-one basketball game on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
It just seems that way with the off-Broadway Preseason NIT production being billed as Ã¢ÂÂRoy vs. MattÃ¢ÂÂ or Ã¢ÂÂTeacher vs. Pupil.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂIf I was going against coach Williams IÃ¢ÂÂd have the opportunity to post him up because heÃ¢ÂÂs a little smaller than me,Ã¢ÂÂ said Doherty, the 6-foot-7 North Carolina coach who worked on WilliamsÃ¢ÂÂ KU staff from 1993 to Ã¢ÂÂ'99.
Ã¢ÂÂOnce the ball goes up, itÃ¢ÂÂs going to be CarolinaÃ¢ÂÂs players against KansasÃ¢ÂÂs players,Ã¢ÂÂ Doherty said. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm sure that theyÃ¢ÂÂll be favored. TheyÃ¢ÂÂve got such a talented team of experienced players.
Ã¢ÂÂTheyÃ¢ÂÂve got two All-Americans in (Kirk) Hinrich and (Nick) Collison, and they have (Aaron) Miles and (Keith) Langford. They are a very good team. The thing IÃ¢ÂÂm concerned about is guarding against two quality, strong post players. And theyÃ¢ÂÂve got them. And theyÃ¢ÂÂve got team speed. ThereÃ¢ÂÂs no weakness on their team.Ã¢ÂÂ
The Tar HeelsÃ¢ÂÂ biggest player is 6-foot-11 freshman Damion Grant, who just this week was cleared to play after suffering from an undisclosed medical condition.
Carolina starts three freshmen in Raymond Felton, Sean May and Rashad McCants, plus sophomores Jackie Manuel and Jawad Williams. May and Williams are both 6-8, KUÃ¢ÂÂs Collison and Wayne Simien 6-9, 255.
Ã¢ÂÂI donÃ¢ÂÂt think our kids will be in awe,Ã¢ÂÂ Doherty said of the 3-0 Tar Heels. Ã¢ÂÂI think theyÃ¢ÂÂll be energized and excited. I donÃ¢ÂÂt feel like theyÃ¢ÂÂll be intimidated. TheyÃ¢ÂÂre not that kind of kids. I think they are looking forward to the challenge. They understand that Kansas is a great team, but I donÃ¢ÂÂt