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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)

How North Carolina’s Brice Johnson further complicates Syracuse’s lineup dilemma

This Saturday, albeit not a natural center, North Carolina’s Brice Johnson will be patrolling the paint. The senior stands 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds and is coming off a 39-point, 23-rebound explosion against Florida State. He’s averaging 16.8 points and 10.6 rebounds while boasting a 64.5-percent field-goal percentage for the No. 6 Tar Heels. (Daily Orange)

How big will the crowd be for Syracuse's game against 6th-ranked North Carolina?

Syracuse officials are expecting a crowd of more than 26,000 fans for the Orange's basketball game against No. 6 North Carolina on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The Syracuse-UNC game will mark the return of SU coach Jim Boeheim, who just finished serving a nine-game NCAA suspension. Syracuse's new football coach, Dino Babers, will address the crowd at halftime. (Syracuse.com)

ESPN Wooden Award Watch

Brice Johnson, North Carolina Tar Heels: Johnson is shooting 64.5 percent from the field, grabbing nearly a third of UNC's available defensive rebounds, playing the best defense of his life and serving as the catalyst for a UNC team that defies all the rules about the most efficient way to score. Also: 39 and 23. The last Tar Heel to post a 30-20 game was Mitch Kupchak. (ESPN.com)

Anticipation Building for Orange vs. UNC on Saturday

The much-anticipated Syracuse men's basketball game against North Carolina on Saturday, January 9 will tip off at 8 pm. The ACC encounter will feature the return of Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim from the NCAA suspension. The Orange Hall of Fame Coach will match wits with UNC mentor and Hall of Famer Roy Williams. More than 26,000 fans are expected for the game. (Syracuse Athletics)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings

4 North Carolina Tar Heels: Brice Johnson had an incredible game against Florida State on Monday—39 points on 14-of-16 shooting, and 20 rebounds—with the most boring shot chart of all time. It was more entertaining on film...and after watching that, I used hoop-math.com’s data to see where Johnson ranks in terms of at-the-rim success. Johnson led the nation at an astounding 94.6%. (Sports Illustrated)

Joel Berry Lost In The Game

As a leader of the offense, Joel Berry’s impact on the team can be reflected in Carolina’s offensive accomplishments up to this point in the year. The Tar Heels ranked number one in the nation in offensive efficiency through the games up to December 30th, scored 80 or more points in 11 consecutive games, and have shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 11 of 15 games this year. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's offense is cooking thanks to strides made by Brice Johnson

The biggest difference-maker in Roy Williams' offense has been Brice Johnson, who leads the team with 268 points and has accounted for 19 percent of UNC's total points while being on the court for 13 percent of the team's total minutes. "That is what we know he's been capable of doing, and he just took a huge step (Monday). He was phenomenal," Marcus Paige said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Photo Shoot At UNC

Roy Williams and Brice Johnson from a photo shoot at UNC today. If this were a sitcom what would it be called? (Tar Heel Blog)

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

UNC vs. ACCT 8/9 Winner
Thu, Mar 9, 12:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#8 UNC85
at Pitt67
Jackson (UNC) 23 pts; Young (Pitt) 17 pts;
#10 Duke50
at Miami55
Jackson (Duke) 16 pts; Brown (Miami) 25 pts;
#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 Tech91
at Boston College75
Robinson (Virginia Tech) 13 pts; Robinson (Boston College) 25 pts;
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
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20

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