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Brice Johnson Named ACC Player of the Week

North Carolina senior Brice Johnson has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season. Johnson scored 55 points and had 27 rebounds, nine assists, four blocks and five steals in road wins at Florida State and Syracuse. He was 21-of-27 from the floor (.778) and 13-of-19 from the foul line. (The ACC)

Tale of Two Lineups

Some interesting efficiency numbers tweeted out by analytics aficionado Adrian Atkinson regarding the use of Kennedy Meeks versus Isaiah Hicks. If we could amend the rules of basketball to permit Meeks and Hicks to freely sub in and out, the Tar Heels would be golden. With Meeks on the floor, UNC is still a good offensive team but when it's Hicks, it goes off the charts. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Syracuse Press Conference

Roy Williams speaks to the media after the Tar Heels pulled out an 84-73 win at Syracuse. UNC is 4-0 in conference play for the first time under coach Williams. View Video...

UNC Moves Up To No. 5 In College Basketball Polls

Ranked No. 6/7 last week, UNC has moved into the top five of both national polls this week (released on Monday January 11). The Tar Heels moved up one spot from No. 6 to No. 5 in the Associated Press poll while jumping two slots from No. 7 to No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Tar Heels will host NC State on Saturday at noon in the Smith Center. (GoHeels.com)

Dickie V's weekly awards: Brice Johnson puts on a show

College Basketball Co-Player of the week: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Sooners; Brice Johnson, North Carolina Tar Heels. Johnson had 39 points and 23 rebounds at Florida State. Hield had 46 points for an Allen Fieldhouse record for an opponent. Then he put up 31 against Kansas State. (ESPN.com)

Nets guard Wayne Ellington backs President Obama's gun-control efforts

Wayne Ellington knows about gun violence and loss, and that is why he has publicly endorsed President Obama’s gun-control efforts. Ellington’s father, Wayne Ellington Sr., was shot in the head while sitting in his red Oldsmobile on a Philadelphia street in November 2014, according to police. The ballplayer’s father was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead several hours later. He was 57 years old when he died. (New York Daily News)

Video: Roy Williams talks about Stuart Scott on The Rich Eisen Show

On last Monday's edition of The Rich Eisen Show, Roy Williams reflected on the life and legacy of Stuart Scott, including his love for UNC. (Rich Eisen Show)

Raymond Felton playing key role for underdog Mavs in bounce-back year

Raymond Felton opted-in to his contract this past June and there was speculation that the Mavs would try and trade or waive him via the stretch provision to re-sign Al-Farouq Aminu. Yet Felton worked in the offseason to come back not only healthier but stronger both mentally and physically. The Mavs are now a deeper team because of him. (CBS Sports)

Video: Syracuse Locker Room Jumparound for Isaiah Hicks & 4-0 in ACC

With the 84-73 win at Syracuse, the Tar Heels are 4-0 in the ACC for the first time under Roy Williams. Junior forward Isaiah Hicks led the Heels with 21 points which tied his career high. View Video...

How UNC beat Syracuse's zone

With a 23,000-plus crowd behind Syracuse, it felt like one of those games that UNC would lose. Then the Tar Heels figured it out. In eight minutes of beautiful basketball, Carolina executed almost flawlessly against the Orange zone. Here is a complete breakdown of how UNC beat Syracuse on Saturday night for their 15th win and eight straight. (Carolina Blue)

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)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 92
Butler: 80
Fri, Mar 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Kentucky
Sun, Mar 26, 5:05 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-430-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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