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Syracuse's basketball game against North Carolina could attract largest crowd of season

Syracuse's game against North Carolina on Wednesday could attract the largest crowd of the season to the Carrier Dome. Pete Moore, Syracuse's director of athletic communications, said the school had seen a spike in ticket sales following the Orange's win at Miami on Saturday. Moore said ticket sales were approaching 27,000 as of Tuesday. (Syracuse.com)

Roy Williams calling a timeout? It’s for a good cause

Roy Williams would do just about anything to raise money to fight cancer, even appear in a commercial about calling timeout. The North Carolina coach is participating in the Coaches’ Charity Challenge and is featured in a commercial for the contest which will raise $100,000 for the winning coach’s charity of choice. There’s a catch to the challenge. (Charlotte Observer)

Tar Heels willing to amp it up more

North Carolina looks like one of the hottest teams in the country. Roy Williams wants a faster pace and stingier defense. Those might be good objectives for Wednesday’s game at Syracuse. “Now we have to turn around and play against that zone which is always difficult to play against,” Williams said. UNC has won the last five meetings with the Orange. (Burlington Times News)

Hornets GM candidate Mitch Kupchak has key skill: Ability to tell Michael Jordan no

Mitch Kupchak is a leading candidate for the Charlotte Hornets general manager job. But even if Kupchak, 63, does not end up getting hired, he represents the sort of GM this team needs – a strong personality who is well-respected throughout the NBA and who has enough clout that, when needed, he can tell everyone else to butt out and let him do his job. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC vs. Syracuse Preview

After losing four of five ACC games, Syracuse has battled back to win six of their last nine to move to 7-7 in the league, good for 10th place. With three ranked opponents over its final four games – UNC, Duke and Clemson – Wednesday’s home tilt is critical for Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament hopes. ESPN currently has Jim Boeheim’s squad firmly on the bubble. (Inside Carolina)

Mitch Kupchak eyed for front-office role with Hornets

After declining to offer general manager Rich Cho a new contract, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is planning to target former Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for a high-ranking role in the organization, league sources told ESPN. Jordan is planning to continue grooming assistant GM Buzz Peterson as a foundation of Charlotte's front office. (ESPN.com)

Roy Williams On Syracuse's Zone, Chemistry, Theo & Tough Little Nuts

Roy Williams met with the media preceding North Carolina’s game at Syracuse on Wednesday and discusses the Orange’s zone, Andrew Platek’s health, his team’s chemistry, Theo Pinson’s zaniness and what exactly the term “tough little nut” means. The Orange are allowing 63.4 points per game and holding opponents to 39 percent shooting. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heels Head To Syracuse: Pregame Notes

The Tar Heels are 21-7 overall, 10-5 in the ACC. Carolina is 12-2 at home and 9-5 away from the Smith Center this season. That includes a 6-4 record in road games and 3-1 at neutral sites. Syracuse is 18-9 overall, 7-7 in the ACC and 13-4 in the Carrier Dome (4-3 in ACC play). The Orange has won three of its last four games, including a win at Miami on 2/17. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams, Cameron Johnson Pre-Syracuse Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and guard Cameron Johnson speak with the media on Tuesday prior the Tar Heels game at Syracuse on Wednesday. Read More...

UNC Championship Signs Upset NC State Fans

North Carolina’s 2017 basketball national championship sign on I-40 has Wolfpack fans taking to social media in anger, as it was placed in close proximity to PNC Arena in Raleigh – home of NC State men’s basketball. After angry tweets by NC State fans, North Carolina supporters simply had one thing to say in response" "Win a title of your own." (Chapelboro.com)

UNC's Small Ball Winning on the Boards

Roy Williams is starting a small lineup for just the second time in his tenure at UNC, and the Tar Heels are dominating the glass with a stretch-four playing the five and a collection of wings and guards manning the other positions. The small lineup is now 9-3 and has sparked a five-game win streak. In those 12 games, UNC has outrebounded its opponent 10 times. (Inside Carolina)

How Kinston, N.C. became the greatest producer of NBA talent in America

"That was our proving ground," says ex-NBA star Jerry Stackhouse, another Kinston product, who as a teenager faced a much older sharpshooter named Donald Ingram. And just as Donald roughed up Stackhouse, Stackhouse later did the same with Donald's son, a kid named Brandon Ingram. This decadeslong cycle created a reputation that continues today. (ESPN.com)

Lucas: UNC Basketball Notebook

One of the most reliable traits of a Roy Williams-coached team is an ability to get to the free throw line. With this year's move to the smaller lineup, however, that weapon has been weakened. UNC averages just 18.9 free throws per game, and that drops to 14.9 in ACC games. "It may be the fewest free throws in the 15 years we've been here," Williams said. (GoHeels.com)

UNC on list of true contenders for the national championship

Yes, the Tar Heels lost one of the top frontcourts in college basketball. But they're still securing nearly 40 percent of their missed shots. Luke Maye is an All-American. Cam Johnson looks comfortable. And Joel Berry II has 18 assists and six turnovers during North Carolina's five-game win streak. Seems like the Tar Heels have shifted into championship mode. (ESPN.com)

Inside The Numbers: Joel Berry at the Rim

Despite Jay Bilas' proclamations about Joel Berry being an "elite finisher," North Carolina's senior point guard was struggling to convert at the rim for most of the season. Through the first 21 games, Berry made just 42 of 101 close attempts. But, starting with the game at Clemson, Berry has begun to finish at a much higher level. Let's dig a little deeper. (Inside Carolina)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 78
Syracuse: 74
Wed, Feb 21 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Miami
Tue, Feb 27, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Sat, Mar 3, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ ACC Tournament First Round
Tue, Mar 6, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#1 UVA66
at Pitt37
Hunter (UVA) 14 pts; Stewart (Pitt) 12 pts;
at #5 Duke60
Howard (Syracuse) 11 pts; Carter Jr (Duke) 16 pts;
Georgia Tech67
at #15 Clemson75
Okogie (Georgia Tech) 22 pts; DeVoe (Clemson) 25 pts;
at Virginia Tech68
Snider (Louisville) 22 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 16 pts;
Boston College78
at Miami79
Robinson (Boston College) 30 pts; Huell (Miami) 16 pts;
Notre Dame76
at Wake Forest71
Geben (Notre Dame) 22 pts; Childress (Wake Forest) 13 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia15-125-2
(5) Duke12-424-5
(10) North Carolina11-522-7
(15) Clemson10-621-7
NC State9-619-9
Virginia Tech9-719-9
(25) Florida State8-719-8
Notre Dame7-917-12
Boston College6-1017-13
Georgia Tech4-1211-18
Wake Forest4-1311-18

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