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)
Nate Britt catches Syracuse off-guard in loss to North CarolinaSyracuse expected production from the big guys. Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson. Those two stalwarts along the North Carolina back line manufacture points. The Orange, too, was wary of the sweet-shooting Marcus Paige. But Nate Britt? The guy who was 3-for-10 from the 3-point line in UNC's seven previous ACC games? Nobody was prepared for the night he had Monday against the Orange. (Syracuse.com)
Vince Carter just trying to 'not look old'Vince Carter had a good night for the Memphis Grizzlies scoring 13 points in just under 24 minutes. His answer to a reporter who asked him about his approach to the game was even better. (SB Nation)
No. 13 North Carolina heats up vs. Syracuse zoneIn the last three games, he's been more the Marcus Paige everyone thought we'd see all year -- steady, efficient and controlled. He has averaged 17.7 points in the last three games on 16-of-31 shooting (8-of-16 from three), with 19 assists to four turnovers. And in the last two games alone, he's averaged 20.5 points. He hasn't had to carry his team, so it hasn't been quite as loud. (FOX Sports)
Nate Britt answers teammates' calls with career highEven as the seventh-leading scorer on North Carolina’s men’s basketball team, Nate Britt made the biggest shots Monday night. The sophomore guard’s career-high 17 points were crucial in a 93-83 victory against Syracuse at the Smith Center. His teammates were all for it. “When you have those guys telling you to shoot it, I felt like I kind of had no choice,” Britt said. (Burlington Times News)
Grandfather’s death inspires Nate Britt to excelAgainst a stifling Syracuse zone in the two teams’ first matchup in Chapel Hill, Ned Britt's grandson scored 17 points — netting four of his five 3-pointers, three of his four free throws and five of his seven field goals. In the meantime, Nate did it with 15 stitches in his mouth. Exactly a week after Ned’s death, Britt lacerated his lip in the waning minutes of UNC’s victory over Wake Forest. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: Nate Britt's Career Night vs SyracuseNorth Carolina point guard Nate Britt scored a career-high 17 points - including four three-pointers - to help the Tar Heels beat Syracuse 93-83 on January 26, 2015.
Nate Britt Has Career Night Despite AdversityWhat made Nate Britt’s career-high 17 points against Syracuse so noteworthy was the adversity of loss and injury that had preceded the performance earlier this month. Not long after UNC’s 81-79 win over N.C. State on Jan. 14, Britt learned of his grandfather’s passing at the age of 81. “We were pretty close,” Britt told reporters following Monday’s 93-83 win (Inside Carolina)
UNC Stems the Turnover TideNo. 13 North Carolina shut down its massive turnover leak over the final 10 minutes of play on Monday to pull away from Syracuse, 93-83, and win its six straight conference game. The first half ended appropriately enough, as the Tar Heels botched an inbounds play under their own basket and watched Kaleb Joseph bolt down the court for a layup at a buzzer and a 40-35 lead. (Inside Carolina)
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