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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...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Syracuse

That's the kind of road win that will make you believe in something special. Carolina had every opportunity to lose that game, but they simply refused to do it on the way to a 84-73 victory over Syracuse. The Orange had a 56-50 lead with 8:50 remaining, but from there the Tar Heels completely changed their offensive execution over the final eight minutes of the game. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 84, Syracuse 73

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 84-73 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Saturday night. (View Box Score)

UNC looks to stay hot as they visit Syracuse

That empty seat on the Syracuse bench, the one on the team bus, and the one on the airplane rides to road games over the past month won't be empty anymore. Coach Jim Boeheim returns Saturday night against No. 6 UNC after serving a nine-game suspension, and the timing couldn't be better with the Orange winless after three conference games for the first time in nearly two decades. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Senior duo leading the charge for UNC

On the surface, North Carolina’s 106-90 win at Florida State on Monday didn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary....While there was little unusual about the win itself, how Roy Williams’ team got there was a different story. The outcome would have been extremely different had it not been for seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige finishing with career nights. (Today's U)

Rebounding in UNC's Small Lineup

It stands to reason that Kennedy Meeks’ return to the lineup will limit the usage of No. 6 UNC’s small lineup. That’s not the case, according to Roy Williams. With the announcement that Meeks (knee) is expected to play against Syracuse on Saturday, Williams was asked if his addition to the lineup would affect how often he elected to go small. His response: “No.” (Inside Carolina)

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