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The Primary Break: UNC-Syracuse Quick Takes

Some quick insights from Roy Williams’ 800th win—an 85-68 victory over Syracuse. Three of Theo Pinson’s five assists were for layups and dunks. He also had a pass that led directly to free throws. Justin Jackson made only 2-of-8 3s against the Syracuse zone. He’s now shooting just 16.7% on 18 3-point attempts against opposing zones this year. (The Secondary Break)

Syracuse basketball has no answer for North Carolina's size in loss

The Syracuse Orange was no match for the best rebounding team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina, which has been dominant on the boards all season, used its power under the basket to key an 85-68 win over Syracuse at the Dean E. Smith Center on Monday night. North Carolina grabbed 44 rebounds to just 20 for the Orange. (Syracuse.com)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Syracuse

Another fun night at the Smith Center, both during and after the game, when a large majority of the Smith Center crowd stayed to honor Roy Williams for his 800th career victory. For the game portion, very encouraging to see the aggressive version of Isaiah Hicks for another game. Hicks finished with 20 points and eight rebounds and was active all over the court. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams earns 800th win as UNC fends off Syracuse

In a rematch of last season’s Final Four, the North Carolina beat Syracuse, 85-68, on Monday to deliver head coach Roy Williams his 800th win. He is the fastest coach in NCAA history to reach 800 wins in terms of seasons coached, doing so in his 29th. Former UNC coach Dean Smith and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski reached the milestone in their 33rd seasons. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels Down Syracuse For Williams' 800th Win, 85-68

Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams earned his 800th career victory when Isaiah Hicks scored 20 points to lead No. 9 North Carolina to an 85-68 victory over Syracuse on Monday. Kennedy Meeks added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who shot 52 percent and dominated the boards. The win made Williams just the ninth Division I coach to reach 800 wins. (Associated Press)

Box Score: North Carolina 85, Syracuse 68

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 85-68 win over Syracuse on Monday night in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)

The strengths and weaknesses of UNC’s offense

The Tar Heels are averaging 92.1 points in ACC games, compared to 89.6 over the entire season. The wins over NCSU, Wake Forest and Florida State marked the first time since 1992 that UNC scored 90 or more points in three straight ACC games. UNC’s three biggest guns - Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, and Isaiah Hicks - have all produced at a higher level during ACC play. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC's Roy Williams will soon have response No. 800 to 'overrated' chorus

Access to information is so simple these days all one needs to do is type the words “Roy Williams,” “overrated” and “CBS” into a search engine, and it’s there on the screen faster than one can say “daggum.” That this “overrated coach” is on the verge of becoming the 11th who worked in Division I basketball to achieve 800 victories in his career — well, where does that leave all the gentlemen who voted for Ol’ Roy? (Sporting News)

UNC Basketball: Tony Bradley out against Syracuse

UNC freshman big man Tony Bradley will miss his second game in three days after being diagnosed with a concussion late last week. Bradley suffered the concussion in the first half of UNC’s game against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem last Wednesday. (Keeping It Heel)

Three to know: Syracuse at No. 9 North Carolina

The Orange has struggled this season, dropping games to three teams who are at or below .500. The loss to St. John's came by 33 at home. The Orange has yet to win a game away from home this season, going 0-2 on neutral courts and 0-3 in true road games. Meanwhile, UNC seems to have figured things out. The Tar Heels have averaged 96.2 points per game in their last four. (Fayetteville Observer)

Joel Berry Named ACC Basketball Co-Player of the Week

UNC guard Joel Berry and Notre Dame senior guard Steve Vasturia have been selected as the ACC Basketball Co-Players of the Week. Berry had 18 points, seven assists and only one turnover in the win over the Demon Deacons and a game-high 26 points against the Seminoles in just the second game ever in which FSU was ranked higher than the Tar Heels. (The ACC)

Video: Joel Berry & Justin Jackson - UNC Basketball's Next Dynamic Duo?

Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson have their sites set on joining a group that includes Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter. Berry and Jackson have played a big part in helping the Tar Heels to a good 1st half of the season, but how do they compare to the great Tar Heel duos? View Video...

Welcome Back, Theo!

Although Theo Pinson returned to the court three games ago, Saturday’s game against Florida State served as his official “I’m back!” moment. It wasn’t just the 12-point, 10-rebound effort he posted. Nor was it the thunderous dunk he threw down to bring the Dean Dome to a fever pitch. It was all the little things that Pinson did to help the Tar Heels emerge victorious. (The Secondary Break)

Tar Heels aim for more in Final Four rematch

Now that North Carolina has what looks like a signature victory, the Tar Heels don’t want to back off. After toppling No. 9 Florida State on Saturday, they’re motivated for more when Syracuse visits tonight. “We hope we can carry it on,” North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks said. UNC coach Roy Williams takes his first attempt at career coaching victory No. 800. (Burlington Times News)

UNC Basketball Jumps to No. 9 in AP Top 25

The UNC men’s basketball team slipped out of the top 10 in the rankings for two weeks after losing its ACC opener. Since then, however, the Tar Heels have rattled off four straight wins–including an electrifying home victory over then-No.9 Florida State on Saturday. As a result, UNC found itself taking the Seminoles’ spot at No. 9 in this week’s AP Top 25. (Chapelboro.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 90
Boston College: 82
Sat, Jan 21 Box Score

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

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

UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Tue, Jan 31, 7:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Virginia Tech82
at Clemson81
Allen (Virginia Tech) 17 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 20 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina6-118-3
(10) Florida State6-118-2
(15) Notre Dame6-117-3
(16) Virginia5-215-3
(12) Louisville4-316-4
Virginia Tech4-315-4
(18) Duke3-315-4
Wake Forest3-412-7
Georgia Tech3-411-8
Boston College2-59-11
NC State2-513-7

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