Who to watch?

Both teams should score. Carolina's attack unit is the scariest in the country with Marcus Holman (Gilman) and his Smurfy sidekicks Joey Sankey and Jimmy Bitter. These three pose major problems because of their ability as slippery dodgers and playmakers around the cage.

"These are the two best teams in the country, from where I'm standing," ESPN analyst Matt Ward said. "Offensively, both teams can torment opposing defenses. Marcus Holman is phenomenal. I can't recall another player transforming from a pure shooter into an elite offensive quarterback as smoothly as Holman."

What will make the difference?

"Like every big-time game, it will be decided in the middle of the field — who wins the ground-ball battle, who's willing to do the little things necessary to gain that small advantage," Ward said. "If Duke can repeat its regular-season performance of going 17-of-23 at the faceoff stripe and out-ground-balling UNC 39-[24], the Heels could be in trouble."

North Carolina's defense is vastly improved since that meeting. Duke thinks it is the tougher team, but the Heels are confident and believe they are due. This game will be supercharged.

Bucknell vs. Army

Patriot League semifinal

Friday, 4:30 p.m. at Lehigh (CBS Sports Network)

What's at stake?

Quietly, the Bison (11-3) have put together a superb season for coach Frank Fedorjaka. With wins over Massachusetts , Albany, Drexel and Cornell, they have a Rating Percentage Index rank of No. 8 and are very much in the hunt for an at-large bid. The Black Knights (8-4) are playing well now, having won four of their past five games; the only setback was a 9-8 loss against Bucknell on April 6. Army's defense is ranked No. 4 in the country, allowing just 7.3 goals against per contest.

Who to watch?

The Black Knights crush you with a mix of speed and power on offense. "Army may be the deepest offensive team in the nation," said CBS announcer Dave Ryan, "with nine goal scorers against Navy and 10 against Holy Cross. John Glesener has emerged as the best player in the conference. He's the fastest player on the field. And [6-foot-3, 231-pound attackman] Garrett Thul is a beast."

On the other side, Bucknell is young and talented. "They have a sensational freshman class," Ryan said. "Offensively with Thomas Flibotte, Sean Doyle and Brock Ghelfi — all of them are weapons. Alex Spring plays effectively at long-pole midfield."

What will make the difference?

This matchup has one-goal game written all over it. "Faceoff play could be the determining factor," Ryan said. "Army freshman Alex Daly was brilliant against Navy and Holy Cross, winning more than 90 percent of his faceoffs in those two games."

"Bucknell defenders Mike Huffner, Ben Kellar and Jackson Place will have their hands full with Glesener and Thul," Ryan said. The Bison will be forced to double-team that duo. The Black Knights hope to dissect their recovery phase with sharp ball movement. Goalie play will be key to the outcome.

Colgate at Lehigh

Patriot League semifinal

Friday, 7:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)