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UNC's history in the Carrier Dome

But historically, UNC has handled whatever scenarios the Carrier Dome has presented. Well, since its first trip. That came in the NCAA East Regionals in 1983. The defending national champion Tar Heels defeated Ohio State by 13 before being shocked by Georgia in the regional final, 82-77. But nine month later, Dean Smith's team returned to the Carrier Dome and waxed an unbeaten Syracuse team 87-64. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

North Carolina's big men take advantage of Syracuse's interior defense

"We did try to focus getting it inside," Roy Williams said. "We always try to keep one guy below the defense against the zone. We were able to get some. Those were good passes by Brice." Brice would be Brice Johnson, the Tar Heel that torched Florida State for 39 points in UNC's previous game. On Saturday, Johnson registered 16 points and perhaps more importantly eight assists against Syracuse.... (Syracuse.com)

Syracuse basketball can't keep up with North Carolina in Jim Boeheim's return

The beginning of the night offered hope, but the ending looked much the same for the Syracuse Orange. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim returned to the sideline for the Orange's game against North Carolina on Saturday night after serving a nine-game NCAA suspension. (Syracuse.com)

Lucas: An Acquired Taste

We are going to forget how big this one was, and that’s great news. There are going to be bigger wins this year. Carolina is going to beat teams that are closer to home, and beat ranked teams, and win games in March, and those are the ones you’ll remember at the end of the season when you’re thinking about your favorite moments. Please do not forget this one. (GoHeels.com)

Orange Crushed: No. 6 UNC Spoils Boeheim’s Return, Beats Syracuse 84-73

Coming off its first true road win of the season on Monday against Florida State, No. 6 UNC did it again Saturday at the Carrier Dome—defeating Syracuse 84-73 in the midst of an emotionally charged atmosphere. The Tar Heels jump to 15-2 after the victory, with each of the team’s losses coming in its first two road games of the season—at Northern Iowa and at Texas. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC 84, Syracuse 73: Four Observations

It was picture perfect execution against the Orange zone and done with a fair amount of patience. Early in the game UNC settled a bit for threes and while the looks were there, the Tar Heels didn't hit the shots. The interior offense was available and efficient. Once UNC solved the zone, there was little Syracuse could do to stop it. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels Exploit Syracuse's Zone Inside

No. 6 UNC countered Syracuse’s 3-point barrage with its high-low offense against Jim Boeheim’s signature 2-3 zone at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. While the Orange’s treys eventually stopped falling, the Tar Heels’ offense kept rolling in securing a 84-73 victory. UNC made its living out of the high-low after halftime with Brice Johnson dishing out a career-high eight assists. (Inside Carolina)

Ross' Reactions: UNC vs. Syracuse

Joel James' size is and will become more important to North Carolina. He is a legit big man (6-11, 280), who has improved a lot this year. He will never be the go-to guy on offense. But six or eight points a game is great for UNC. He finished with six points, all in the first half. Kennedy Meeks played and was effective at times scoring eight points on 4-for-8 shooting. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams Post-Syracuse Quotes & Audio

Roy Williams: "We were extremely excited in that locker room. Two years ago we came up here and they beat us by 806 or whatever it was, but we made some mistakes, we did some dumb things, but we also made some very good basketball plays. To win that game with Marcus (Paige) only getting three, if you told me that before the game, I’d say we have no chance of winning." (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Syracuse Postgame Notes

Isaiah Hicks tied his career high with 21 points and set his rebounding high with eight. He scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half. Hicks is the fifth different Tar Heel this season to score 20 points this season. He was 5 for 5 from the floor and 11 for 13 from the free throw line. Brice Johnson followed up his 39-point game at Florida State with 16 points and a career-high 8 assists. (GoHeels.com)

Recap & Analysis: UNC 84, Syracuse 73

Isaiah Hicks led the Tar Heels with 21 points and 8 rebounds, playing for most of the second half with three fouls. Brice Johnson followed up his 39 points and 23 rebounds at FSU with 16 points, a career high eight assists, four rebounds, and two steals. UNC survives a two-game road trip and is 4-0 in ACC play with three of four at home coming up. (Tar Heel Blog)

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...

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
Sat, Feb 25 Box Score

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

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

Thu, Mar 9, TBD Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#8 UNC85
at Pitt67
Jackson (UNC) 23 pts; Young (Pitt) 17 pts;
#10 Duke0
at Miami0
Saturday 4:00 PM
Kennard 20.1 ppg, 2.6 apg; Reed 15.4 ppg, 2.5 apg;
#18 UVA70
at NC State55
Perrantes (UVA) 16 pts; Abu (NC State) 12 pts;
#19 FSU76
at Clemson74
Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 15 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 24 pts;
Virginia Tech0
at Boston College0
Saturday 4:00 PM
LeDay 15.5 ppg, 1.3 apg; Robinson 19.2 ppg, 3.1 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Virginia Tech8-719-8
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-139-19

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