All this fuss over Florida International getting bent that they have to go and play North Carolina instead of Ohio State just doesn't make sense. I can blame a lot on Isiah Thomas, but I won't blame him for this. Because of that, I don't think that he is ducking the Tar Heels because he doesn't want to start his college career with a blowout loss.
Maybe the university feels that way. Sorry, but I don't see what playing against Ohio State is better than playing North Carolina.
Play either and you're getting blown out.
Play North Carolina and you'll be in front of more faces (that's a good thing).
Play North Carolina and it shows that your program is willing to play the best in the business.
Play North Carolina ... because it is a lot closer to the FIU campus.
Also, FIU needs to shut their trap or the Gazelle Group (which runs several of these early season and holiday tournaments as well as the College Basketball Invitational) may decide to never do business with them again.
FIU's athletic director actually said this:
“Would they do what they’re doing to us to Duke, or to North Carolina? No,”Um, yes they would. In fact, THEY JUST DID THAT TO NORTH CAROLINA! UNC thought you were playing Ohio State too and were thrown a bit of a loop when you were announced as their first opponent. Would they do that to North Carolina? Yes.