North Carolina preview capsule

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North Carolina preview capsule

By The Associated Press=

North Carolina

Last season: 26-12, lost in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Nickname: Tar Heels. Coach: Roy Williams.

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference.

Key returners: Seniors Marcus Paige (14.1 points) and Brice Johnson (12.9) were all-ACC picks a year ago, while junior forward Kennedy Meeks and sophomore Justin Jackson give the Tar Heels four returning double-digit scorers.

Who left: Starter J.P. Tokoto (8.3 points) was the team's top perimeter defender and a good passer who was second on the team in assists.

The Skinny: Four starters and nine of the top 10 scorers are back, giving the Tar Heels a mix of talent, depth and experience that will make them one of the favorites to reach the Final Four.