"The only way to get an at-large is by playing teams that can beef up your RPI," he said. "And if history has shown anything, it's that Carolina didn't have the strongest February or the strongest March last year [5-4 record with losses with Hofstra and Massachusetts]. So hopefully, we can maybe out-prepare them to get a chance where we can compete. We added Michigan, which is a Big Ten team and plays one of the tougher schedules in that conference. … We'll see how we compete against them. But it enables us to open up another avenue to the tournament by hopefully generating some big victories and pumping up our RPI."