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Video: Big Men Lead Tar Heels Over Syracuse, 84-73 - Highlights

Isaiah Hicks (21 points, 8 rebounds) and Brice Johnson (16 points, 4 rebounds, career-high 8 assists) lead the Tar Heels to an 84-73 victory on the road against Syracuse on January 9, 2016. View Video...

No. 6 North Carolina ruins Boeheim's return, 84-73

Isaiah Hicks scored 21 points and No. 6 North Carolina ruined Jim Boeheim's return to the bench, beating Syracuse 84-73 on Saturday night. Boeheim was back with the Orange after serving a nine-game suspension for NCAA violations. Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson both had 16 points for the Tar Heels (15-2, 4-0 ACC), while Joel Berry II added 14. (Associated Press)

Isaiah Hicks, UNC spoil Jim Boeheim's return in 84-73 win at Syracuse

North Carolina is off to a great start in ACC competition after a few missteps in non-conference play. Syracuse has hung with every ACC opponent only to fall short down the stretch. Two historic programs entered a pivotal game on Saturday night with a lot on the line, but all of those storylines fell second to the return of Jim Boeheim. Then the game started. (CBS Sports)

Video: Brice Johnson Dishes Career-High 8 Assists vs. Syracuse

Brice Johnson showed off his passing prowess, setting a career high with 8 assists (previous was 4) as he picked apart the zone all night in the win over Syracuse on January 9, 2016. View Video...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Syracuse

That's the kind of road win that will make you believe in something special. Carolina had every opportunity to lose that game, but they simply refused to do it on the way to a 84-73 victory over Syracuse. The Orange had a 56-50 lead with 8:50 remaining, but from there the Tar Heels completely changed their offensive execution over the final eight minutes of the game. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 84, Syracuse 73

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 84-73 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Saturday night. (View Box Score)

UNC looks to stay hot as they visit Syracuse

That empty seat on the Syracuse bench, the one on the team bus, and the one on the airplane rides to road games over the past month won't be empty anymore. Coach Jim Boeheim returns Saturday night against No. 6 UNC after serving a nine-game suspension, and the timing couldn't be better with the Orange winless after three conference games for the first time in nearly two decades. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Senior duo leading the charge for UNC

On the surface, North Carolina’s 106-90 win at Florida State on Monday didn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary....While there was little unusual about the win itself, how Roy Williams’ team got there was a different story. The outcome would have been extremely different had it not been for seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige finishing with career nights. (Today's U)

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)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Louisville: 63
Wed, Feb 22 Box Score

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

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

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#7 Louisville63
at #8 UNC74
Mitchell (Louisville) 21 pts; Jackson (UNC) 21 pts;
#10 Duke75
at Syracuse78
Tatum (Duke) 19 pts; Gillon (Syracuse) 26 pts;
at Wake Forest63
Young (Pitt) 24 pts; Collins (Wake Forest) 22 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina12-324-5
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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