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Rebounding in UNC's Small Lineup

It stands to reason that Kennedy Meeks’ return to the lineup will limit the usage of No. 6 UNC’s small lineup. That’s not the case, according to Roy Williams. With the announcement that Meeks (knee) is expected to play against Syracuse on Saturday, Williams was asked if his addition to the lineup would affect how often he elected to go small. His response: “No.” (Inside Carolina)

Preview & Prediction: #6 UNC at Syracuse

"I have a bad feeling about this." There are a variety of factors at play that point to the distinct possibility UNC loses at Syracuse on Saturday night. Let's list them. UNC has never started 4-0 in the ACC under Roy Williams. Jim Boeheim's first game back after his nine game NCAA suspension, meaning the crowd and team will be hyped up. Prediction: Syracuse 77, UNC 72 (Tar Heel Blog)

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 6 North Carolina

No. 6 North Carolina (14-2, 3-0 ACC) visits the Carrier Dome for an 8 p.m. matchup against the Orange (10-6, 0-3) on Saturday. SU head coach Jim Boeheim will make his return after a nine-game suspension for the first of two meetings between these teams this season. (Daily Orange)

What will he do next? Roy Williams might ask that in different tone now

So how about an encore for Brice Johnson after his 39-point, 23-rebound statistical buster the other night at Florida State? “The expectations do scare me a little bit,” Johnson said Friday. The senior forward for No. 6 North Carolina is often the subject of coach Roy Williams’ motivational tactics. Now, he carries additional clout going into tonight’s game at Syracuse. (Burlington Times News)

Three to know: No. 6 North Carolina at Syracuse

The main storylines surrounding tonight’s game are about returns. After missing the Orange’s last nine games due to a suspension for NCAA rules violations, Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim will return to the Syracuse bench. The other noteworthy return tonight will be that of UNC center Kennedy Meeks, who has missed the Tar Heels’ last seven games with a bruised knee. (Fayetteville Observer)

Previewing Syracuse

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim returns from his nine-game, NCAA-imposed suspension just in time for No. 6 North Carolina’s visit to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. Syracuse enters Saturday’s contest with a 10-6 (0-3 ACC) record. The Orange have lost six of their last 10 games after a 6-0 start. (Inside Carolina)

Brice Johnson becoming more consistent under Roy Williams' steady motivation

The battle between Brice Johnson and Roy Williams is as entertaining as whatever game UNC is playing in at times. Williams is consistently tough on his big man as he tries to get Johnson’s play to be consistent. “He does every little thing he can,” Johnson said. “He’s said some very motivating things that hurt my heart a little and got to me to force me to play better.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Kennedy Meeks expected to return from seven-game absence

North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he "fully expects" junior Kennedy Meeks to return to the lineup for Saturday's game at Syracuse. Williams said Meeks, who has missed the past seven games with a bruised left knee, practiced Wednesday and Thursday, though his participation was limited. (ESPN.com)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Syracuse

There are a number of reasons this game is problematic for UNC. Syracuse relies heavily on three point shooting, attempting 43% of shots from beyond the arc. The overall three-point percentage is a modest 35% but as we've seen all season, versus UNC teams tend to operate well above average from the perimeter. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Brice Johnson 1-on-1 with Sean May

UNC forward Brice Johnson sits down for a 1-on-1 interview with current Tar Heel assistant and former National Title 'Most Outstanding Player' Sean May to talk about his senior season exploits and career development. View Video...

Video: Roy Williams, Brice Johnson Pre-Syracuse Press Conference Recap

Roy Williams and Brice Johnson discuss Jim Boeheim's return to the bench, the status of Kennedy Meeks, and playing against the zone as the Tar Heels prepare for Syracuse. View Video...

Know Your Opponent: Syracuse

Syracuse has lost three straight to start conference play, including a 74-73 overtime setback to Clemson in its ACC home opener. In a road loss at Miami last Saturday, the Orange managed just 0.74 points per possession and was outscored 47-26 after halftime. But how much will that matter at the Carrier Dome Saturday night? (GoHeels.com)

Kennedy Meeks to practice fully, might play on Saturday

The word from UNC coach Roy Williams is that Kennedy Meeks might play on Saturday. Meeks has missed the last seven games with a bruised knee. Meeks has been limited in practice this week, but is expected to be a full participant in Friday's practice. If everything goes as planned, his status will be elevated and he could play against Syracuse on Saturday. (Carolina Blue)

Weekend picks: Boeheim returns as Syracuse hosts North Carolina

The Carrier Dome will be at a fever pitch with Jim Boeheim returning from his NCAA-mandated nine-game suspension and the blue-chip Tar Heels in the house. Unfortunately, emotion alone won’t be enough to rescue the Orange from their doldrums. This team has many flaws, but the most significant is its poor interior defense. Prediction: North Carolina 82, Syracuse 70 (Sports Illustrated)

Tar Heels Off To Syracuse

North Carolina (14-2, 3-0 ACC) will go for its eighth consecutive win and its first 4-0 ACC start under Roy Williams when it visits Syracuse (10-6, 0-3) on Saturday. The Tar Heels and Syracuse will tip off just after 8 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Allison Williams will call the game for an ESPN national television audience. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(10) North Carolina11-323-5
(8) Louisville10-422-5
(12) Duke10-422-5
(25) Notre Dame10-521-7
(17) Florida State9-521-6
(14) Virginia8-618-8
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech6-715-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-129-18

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