Roy Williams Radio Show QuotesHubert Davis on Monday's win over Syracuse: "I think as a team one of the things that we struggle with is that we have a tendency to be soft. And when you play a team like Syracuse, they’re a tough team. They’re a physical team and one of the things that we talked about at halftime was that there was no way out of this from a competitive standpoint. You’re going to have to fight." (Inside Carolina)
Nate Britt finds relief during tough stretchBasketball can’t erase pain or automatically make things better. It can only partially alleviate bad things. But on Monday, Nate Britt got a little alleviation from basketball. It was much-needed. Britt changed shooting hands in the offseason from left to right. He struggled to gain confidence with his shot. After UNC’s win against N.C. State, Britt found out that his grandfather, Ned Britt, had died. (Greensboro News & Record)
Video: Wayne Ellington scores career-high 28 pointsIt's been a long time since we've seen Wayne Ellington make it Wayne like this. Ellington scored a career-high 28 points in the Lakers' 98-92 loss to the Washington Wizards Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Here are his highlights.
Stilman White recognized as part of academic competition-winning groupUNC basketball player Stilman White was among a group of students recognized during Monday’s game against Syracuse for winning a competition for the best entrepreneurial proposal. The group’s proposal — Academy Online Educational Service Incorporated Rewards — is designed to provide mentorship and motivational resources to increase graduation rates for low-income students. (Wilmington Star News)
Marcus Paige Back?Following the 72-71 win over Louisville during which Marcus Paige hit the game winning layup with eight seconds left, the junior guard said he had jokingly told the his teammates, "I'm back." As it turns out, what Paige said as a joke may actually be true, at least in the five games since. After being rather up and down for much of the season, the past five games have seen Paige really lock in. (Tar Heel Blog)
Art’s Angle: BOO-YA!!!Former UNC football coach Mack Brown and Tar Heel player Reyshawn Terry, who visited after not being back for years, may have noticed all the changes to game atmosphere in the Dean Dome. It starts with an inspiring Stuart Scott video clip, pumped-up and pumped-in music and the electric voice of PA announcer Tony Gilliam, whose starting lineup calls get the blood flowing. (Chapelboro.com)
Are the Tar Heels good enough to win the ACC?Their sixth straight win, all in the ACC, left the 13th-ranked Tar Heels tied for second place in the league with No. 8 Notre Dame, both teams 1/2-game behind No. 2 Virginia. Is UNC good enough to win its 30th ACC regular-season championship as the 15 teams near the halfway mark of the 18-game league schedule? Two stern tests in an upcoming three-game stretch will help answer that question. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
A look at how UNC solved Syracuse's zoneThe Orange is weaker than normal this season because of early NBA draft entries and season-ending injuries, but that didn't detract from North Carolina's satisfaction over finally solving Syracuse's famous 2-3 zone. The Tar Heels committed turnovers on 17 of their first 52 possessions Monday and still won 93-83 thanks to their 55.4-percent shooting from the field. They shot 62.1 percent during a 58-point second half. (Fayetteville Observer)
Message received: Tar Heels solve Syracuse in second half“We had a lot to talk about at halftime,” guard Marcus Paige said. “And Coach, once he gets going, he was trying to motivate us a little bit.” Consider the message received, as North Carolina, after finally returning to the Smith Center court with only 90 seconds to spare, produced a proficient 58-point second half fueled by 62-percent shooting from the field to post its sixth straight league victory. (Burlington Times News)
Tar Heels take another step forward...once they escape first half Twilight ZoneNorth Carolina gave two clinics on how to attack a zone defense Monday. The first was how not to do it. Then after allowing Syracuse to score 16 points on 13 first half turnovers, the Tar Heels shifted gears and provided a near-perfect blueprint for beating coach Jim Boeheim’s trademark matchup 2-3 during a crisp final 20 minutes. (Wilmington Star News)
Video: Brice Johnson Doubles DownAfter an early season slump, North Carolina forward Brice Johnson has recorded a double-double in four of the past six games.
The Comfort ZoneJim Boeheim and Syracuse traveled to Chapel Hill and brought the 2-3 zone with them. But in its 93-83 win over the Orange on Monday, No. 13 North Carolina didn’t fall victim to Boeheim’s trademark defense. UNC picked apart the zone inside and out with a solid shooting performance en route to scoring the most points Syracuse has allowed since 2009. (Daily Tar Heel)
Tar Heels Climb Two Spots In AP Basketball PollNorth Carolina is ranked No. 13 in this week’s Associated Press top 25 poll after two consecutive weeks at No. 15. The Tar Heels also are up one spot to No. 14 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Carolina is ranked in the AP poll for the 16th week in a row, including all 12 polls in 2014-15. UNC started the season in the top 10 for the ninth time in 12 seasons under head coach Roy Williams. (GoHeels.com)
Nate Britt Carries Tar Heels Past SyracuseAs Nate Britt walked into the UNC players’ lounge following the Tar Heels’ 93-83 win against Syracuse, dozens of reporters swarmed him. The point guard, who rarely draws more than a handful of interested media members, had attracted a mob. They were there to ask him about his career-high 17 points and how he was the biggest difference in lifting UNC over the Orange on Monday night. (Carolina Blue)
Lucas: A Hard SevenKennedy Meeks played 32 minutes in Carolina’s 93-83 win over Syracuse. Most of those minutes were spent exchanging pushes, elbows and grunts with the Orange’s 6-foot-9, 250-pound Rakeem Christmas, a senior and three-year starter. It was one of the most physical games of Carolina’s 21 contests so far this year; (GoHeels.com)
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