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UNC vs. Syracuse Preview

A quick turnaround for No. 11 North Carolina as Syracuse arrives for a Monday night tip, a little more than 50 hours after UNC's win over No. 9 Florida State. The game is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired by ESPN. The Orange’s season so far has been one of inconsistency. After starting the season 4-0, Jim Boeheim’s team has only won consecutive games once. (Inside Carolina)

George Karl Has Plenty Of Nice Things To Say Despite The ‘Furious’ Backlash To His New Book

It has been three weeks since George Karl gave Phil Jackson a breather and became the most hated man in the NBA. His new memoir, “Furious George,” has had the former NBA coach in hot water because his stories seem bitter and mean-spirited to many. This has left him surprised and disappointed, because he’s not out to hurt anyone. (UPROXX)

ESPN analyst has NBA comparison for Joel Berry II

North Carolina point guard Joel Berry II is one of the nation’s top college players. And ESPN analyst Jay Williams thinks he has an NBA comparison as well.Talking on College Basketball Live, Williams compared Berry to a player who has certainly made the most of his ability at the next level. (Carolina Blue)

Not your father’s ACC

Go ahead and try to predict what’ll happen Monday in the ACC when Syracuse and North Carolina get together in the Smith Center. Your guess may be as good as Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton’s. “Carolina is a very good basketball team. But what is happening is that this is an ACC race this year where rank doesn’t really seem to matter.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Theo Pinson's dunk shifts momentum, pumps crowd

The biggest play in UNC's 96-83 win over No. 9 Florida State was Theo Pinson's high-flying, thunderous dunk. It came with 5:49 remaining in the second half and put UNC up 82-76. It wasn't just two points, it was a momentum shift for the Tar Heels and a huge confidence boost mentality for Pinson's return to action. (Carolina Blue)

Theo Pinson slams home key elements of UNC victory

Theo Pinson is back. When he drove past Xavier Rathan-Mayes for a thunderous dunk and his first field goal of the season, it became official. Confirmation came with a 3-pointer 3½ minutes later. And he was overflowing with emotions and joyful celebrations after coming up with big plays in the final minutes of UNC’s 96–83 victory Saturday over Florida State. (Raleigh & Company)

Roy Williams' once-in-a-career all-guard lineup works for UNC in win vs. FSU

With 2:57 left in the first half, all three of Roy Williams' available big men had two fouls. With Tony Bradley on the bench with a concussion, the Hall of Fame coach made a decision he'd never made before in his career: play an all guard lineup. Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Brandon Robinson, Nate Britt and Justin Jackson took the floor as Williams' smallest lineup ever. (WRAL Sports Fan)

With Theo Pinson back, North Carolina looks like a top-five team: Takeaways

With Theo Pinson, UNC is looking on track to be the best overall team in the ACC and probably top five overall. UNC looked really good on the whole. Tony Bradley, UNC's secret freshman weapon off the bench, wasn't available on Saturday. Yet the Tar Heels didn't slow a bit. Heck, Luke Maye came off the bench to snag a career-high 15 rebounds. (CBS Sports)

Nobody had more fun in UNC win than Theo Pinson

Theo Pinson's injury forced him to miss the Tar Heels' first 16 games. He missed three shots against the Wolfpack and missed the two shots he took against Wake Forest. His first two against the Seminoles also didn't go in. So with just under six minutes left, when he pulled down a rebound and raced down court, he said he was set on ending his dry spell. (Fayetteville Observer)

Small-Ball Strategy Guides No. 11 UNC to Crucial Victory Over No. 9 Florida State

With freshman center Tony Bradley out with a concussion on Saturday, UNC head coach Roy Williams was left short on big men for the 11th-ranked Tar Heels’ matchup with No. 9 Florida State. It made no difference, as Williams went with a small-ball approach that ultimately carried UNC to a 96-83 win over the ACC leaders–in front of a raucous Dean Dome crowd. (Chapelboro.com)

Luke Maye Muscles Up

Luke Maye scored just 2 points in the No. 11 Tar Heels’ 96-83 victory over Florida State, but he also grabbed 15 rebounds, fighting off taller, larger, and in many cases, more experienced Seminoles. But he got the job done on an afternoon his team needed him to step up. “He was huge for us, and he’s one of the smartest guys I’ve ever coached,” Roy Williams said. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Video: Theo Pinson Does a Little Bit of Everything vs. FSU

North Carolina's Theo Pinson was all over the court against the Seminoles, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds off the bench in a 96-83 Tar Heels victory in Chapel Hill on January 14, 2017. View Video...

Jackson & Berry: Best-Shooting UNC Duo Ever?

Justin Jackson and Joel Berry combined to make 6-of-11 3-pointers in the big home win over Florida State. That’s nothing new, though—that combo is shooting 41.5% from behind the arc this season on a healthy 11.8 attempts per game (accounting for the two games that Berry missed). So how does that compare to the greatest UNC 3-point shooting tandems of all-time? (The Secondary Break)

Luke Maye's big day against Florida State doesn't shock fellow Tar Heels

UNC sophomore reserve forward Luke Maye was forced into a career-high 25 minutes as starting big men Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks got into foul trouble and freshman center Tony Bradley was sidelined with a concussion. Against one of the tallest teams in the country, the 6-foot-8 Maye loomed large, tallying 15 rebounds, nearly doubling his previous career best. (Fayetteville Observer)

Isaiah Hicks Assertive in UNC's Victory Over Florida State

Isaiah Hicks had been relatively quiet since No. 11 North Carolina’s return from Hawaii. He was aggressive from the tip on Saturday, scoring 10 of his 22 points in UNC’s first 15 possessions. Hicks set career highs in both made free throws (12) and free throw attempts (14), marking the most by a Tar Heel since Brice Johnson attempted 16 free throws against FSU last January. (Inside Carolina)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Syracuse: 68
Mon, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Boston College
Sat, Jan 21, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#15 Notre Dame80
at #10 FSU83
Farrell (Notre Dame) 17 pts; Isaac (FSU) 23 pts;
#16 UVA71
at Boston College54
Hall (UVA) 13 pts; Tava (Boston College) 12 pts;
at Wake Forest96
Reed (Miami) 24 pts; Woods (Wake Forest) 20 pts;
Georgia Tech61
at Virginia Tech62
Stephens (Georgia Tech) 18 pts; Clarke (Virginia Tech) 11 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina5-117-3
(10) Florida State5-117-2
(15) Notre Dame5-116-3
(16) Virginia4-214-3
(12) Louisville3-215-3
Virginia Tech3-314-4
Georgia Tech3-311-7
(18) Duke2-314-4
NC State2-413-6
Wake Forest2-411-7
Boston College2-49-10

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