EAST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, THE MEADOWLANDS, N.J. NORTH CAROLINA (27-5) vs. EASTERN MICHIGAN (26-6)
* WHEN: Tonight, 7:30, on Ch. 11.
* CAROLINA STRENGTHS: The Tar Heels wear down teams with a deep bench and suffocating defense. Opponents are shooting just 42 percent from the field to Carolina's 51. And Carolina has won the battle of the boards in 24 of 32 games. Their plus-seven rebounding margin is the largest since 1961. Rick Fox leads the team with 17.3 points a game, and Hubert Davis has hit 11 of 19 three-point shots in the last five games.
* EASTERN MICHIGAN STRENGTHS: The Hurons won the Mid-American Conference with defense and balanced scoring. All five starters average in double figures, led by Marcus Kennedy's 20 points a game. They have four seniors starting. Defensively, they average eight steals a game and their opponents are shooting 43 percent.