North Carolina and Long Beach State are similar in men's basketball in that both teams lost four starters to graduation. Not that there isn't a significant difference - the Tar Heels' foursome were among the top 17 picks in the 2012 NBA draft.
What it does mean is the respective teams are still trying to figure things out and they will take another step in that direction tonight at 8:10 when they square off at Walter Pyramid (on ESPNU).
Long Beach (1-1) is 0-2 all-time against No. 11 North Carolina (2-0), with narrow losses the past two seasons at Chapel Hill. This will be the Tar Heels' first game at the Pyramid. An overflow crowd of more than 6,000 is expected.