Lucas: Rapid Reactions - SyracuseThat's the rare very close 75-70 win over a tough Syracuse team that you don't even remember twenty minutes later, because Carolina had the best senior day ceremony the program has had in the Roy Williams era. The speeches from Joel James, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were absolutely perfect, and then Roy Williams took the microphone. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Tar Heels Down Syracuse on Senior Night, 75-70 - HighlightsBrice Johnson got his ACC-leading 18th double-double to lead five Tar Heels in double figures as Carolina topped Syracuse 75-70 on senior night on February 29, 2016.
Recap: UNC 75, Syracuse 70In a game that ebbed and flowed much like the loss to Duke, UNC held off Syracuse late for a 75-70 win on Senior Night. The Tar Heels had five players in double figures, led by Brice Johnson's 14 points and 10 rebounds. With the win, UNC clinches a double-bye in the ACC Tournament and can secure a regular-season title on Saturday with a win at Duke. (Tar Heel Blog)
Johnson, No. 8 North Carolina hold off Syracuse 75-70Brice Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 8 North Carolina beat Syracuse 75-70 on Monday night in its home finale. Joel Berry II added 13 points and two key late free throws for the Tar Heels (24-6, 13-4 ACC), who led by as many as 13 points after halftime but had plenty of trouble putting the game away against Syracuse's zone. (Associated Press)
Box Score: North Carolina 75, Syracuse 70View the complete box score from North Carolina's 75-70 win over Syracuse on Senior Night in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Video: 2016 Basketball Seniors Honored Pre-SyracuseJustin Coleman, Spenser Dalton, Joel James, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were honored on center court in the Smith Center prior to their final home game as Tar Heels.
Brice Johnson Named Finalist for National Player of the YearThe U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Monday finalists for the USBWA's Oscar Robertson Trophy as the men's national player of the year and the USBWA's Wayman Tisdale Award for the men's national freshman of the year. The finalists' lists include 11 players for the men's player of the year, among which is UNC senior forward Brice Johnson. (U.S. Basketball Writers Association)
Know Your Opponent: SyracuseSyracuse is basically a six-man rotation, with Jim Boeheim having utilized the same starting five of Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson, Tyler Roberson and DaJuan Coleman in every game this season. That doesn't mean the head coach is happy about it. With Roberson's minutes dwindling, 6-8 freshman Tyler Lydon has become a vital sixth man. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Marcus Paige & Brice Johnson ReminisceWatch fellow Tar Heel seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson critique some of each others' best and funniest moments at UNC.
Preview & Prediction: #7 UNC vs SyracuseIt's Senior Night. Six Tar Heels will run out of the home tunnel at the Dean Smith Center tonight for the last time in their UNC career. In terms of immediate business, UNC can lock up the double-bye for the ACC Tournament with a win versus Syracuse. In addition to the double-bye, UNC is ensured at least a top three seed. Prediction: UNC 85, Syracuse 71 (Tar Heel Blog)
Lucas: Senior MemoriesMarcus Paige and Brice Johnson have had fun during their four years at UNC. But they are determined not to be finished, resolute that you will remember them for more than just some regular season wins and some screams after dunks. They are part of a dying college basketball breed, the four-year players who have watched each other improve and mature and shine. (GoHeels.com)
Lack of championship legacy hangs over final home game for Tar Heels' seniorsUNC' three scholarship seniors head into the home stretch of their careers with a slim résumé when it comes to team accomplishments. Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James have reached two ACC tournament finals and one Sweet 16. The highest they've finished in the ACC standings is third and the highest they've been in a final AP poll is 12th. (Fayetteville Observer)
Paige: "It's a two-game season now"With two games left in the regular season, UNC is tied with Miami in the ACC standings. Questions still linger about this Carolina team. Defense, rebounding, effort, and closing out games are the main areas of concern. Additionally, some line-up changes during periods in the game can be cited as a reason UNC has struggled for stretches. (Carolina Blue)
Paige blames UNC’s loss on lack of toughness inside“We just didn’t convert those plays around the basket,” said Marcus Paige, who had 13 points and four assists. “I think it was toughness. They were a little bit tougher than us. We talked about how to deal with the double team in the post, but we didn’t handle it very well. Our bigs had 7 or 8 turnovers in the post, so that’s not what we wanted either.” (Raleigh & Company)
UNC's Senior Night All BusinessBrice Johnson appreciates the ceremony of Senior Night, although the festivities surrounding his final home game on Monday against Syracuse are secondary to his yearning for a championship before his UNC career reaches its conclusion. Johnson, along with classmates Marcus Paige and Joel James, are guaranteed of just four more games in a Tar Heel uniform. (Inside Carolina)
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