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Video: Marcus Paige & Brice Johnson Reminisce

Watch fellow Tar Heel seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson critique some of each others' best and funniest moments at UNC. View Video...

Preview & Prediction: #7 UNC vs Syracuse

It'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 Memories

Marcus 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' seniors

UNC' 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 Business

Brice 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)

Art’s Angle: Get It Together Time

Now comes the Syracuse zone and Senior Night at Cameron, where Duke might even have Amile Jefferson back for an inspirational send-off. The Heels may need to win them both to avoid losing the tie-breaker to Virginia for first place in the ACC. If they lose them both, they could fall all the way to fifth and have to play on Wednesday in the ACC tournament. (Chapelboro.com)

Senior Night vs. Syracuse on Monday

North Carolina (23-6, 12-4 ACC) will look to bounce back from its 79-74 loss at Virginia when it hosts Syracuse (19-10, 9-7) on Senior Night on Monday in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels and Orange will tip off at 7:01 p.m. in the Smith Center. Sean McDonough and Doris Burke will call the game for an ESPN Big Monday national TV audience (GoHeels.com)

This Paige to end a chapter with Tar Heels in home finale

Marcus Paige was recently looking at video clips from earlier in his UNC basketball career. The Tar Heels senior guard was perhaps trying to gain some perspective about his four seasons. The final home game comes tonight against Syracuse at the Smith Center. “When did I get so old?” Paige said when comparing the then-and-now clips. (Burlington Times News)

North Carolina-Syracuse Preview

North Carolina heads into the final week of ACC play in search of its first regular-season championship in four years. A return home should increase the seventh-ranked Tar Heels' chances at gaining sole possession of first place in the ACC on Monday against the Orange. With two games left in the regular season, UNC is tied with Miami atop the conference. (CBS Sports)

ACC tournament tiebreaking procedures explained

North Carolina and Miami are tied atop the ACC standings with one week to go. More importantly, coach Jim Larranaga’s Hurricanes — by virtue of tiebreakers — are the first team to clinch an all-important double bye in the upcoming ACC tournament. The Tar Heels can also secure their spot in the Thursday quarterfinals by beating Syracuse on Monday. (Wilmington Star News)

Time Running Out On Tar Heels?

March is basically here, yet the same questions about North Carolina that were being asked in November and December are still on the docket today. That’s why it’s either next to impossible or easy peasy to answer the following, persistent question, it just depends on your perception: Did North Carolina learn anything from Saturday’s 79-74 loss at Virginia? (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Syracuse

The numbers certainly favor UNC in this match-up and after the way the Tar Heels eviscerated the Orange zone in early January there is no reason to believe UNC won't again exploit advantages. The Syracuse zone makes like easier on the offensive glass for the Tar Heels with the Orange being one of the worst defensive rebounding teams in the country. (Tar Heel Blog)

On what would have been Dean Smith's 85th birthday, look back at some of our coverage

Today would have been North Carolina basketball coaching great Dean Smith's 85th birthday. Smith died Feb. 7, 2015. Smith coached the Tar Heels from 1961-97. He retired as the winningest coach in the sport with 879 victories. He won NCAA titles in 1982 and 1993, and coached such players as Michael Jordan and James Worthy. (Wilmington Star News)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 92
Butler: 80
Fri, Mar 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Kentucky
Sun, Mar 26, 5:05 ET CBS

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#5 Kentucky0
at #6 UNC0
Sunday 5:05 PM
Monk 20.4 ppg, 2.4 apg; Jackson 18.1 ppg, 2.7 apg;
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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-430-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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