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)

First Black Female FBI Agent was UNC-Chapel Hill Alumna

The first black woman FBI agent in the United States was UNC’s Sylvia Elizabeth Mathis. Hers was a life framed by a commitment to service, a dedication to family, and marked by numerous accomplishments. In May 1975, Mathis graduated from UNC School of Law and soon thereafter passed the North Carolina Bar. But her accomplishments did not stop there. (

9th-grader Nicole Adam commits to UNC Golf

Nicole Adam is going to be a Tar Heel. But she'll have to wait. The ninth-grader at The O'Neal School in Southern Pines, N.C., has verbally committed to study and play golf at UNC. Nicole will be following in the footsteps of her private coach, former LPGA champion Donna Andrews. In addition to attending UNC, Andrews was a six-time winner on the pro tour. (Mansfield News Journal)

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. (

Sporting News midseason All-Americans

Second Team: Joel Berry, North Carolina, Junior guard None of the traditional stats quite captures Berry’s value to the Tar Heels. Because his greatest value is in being available to do whatever is required. He scored 31 in a tough OT victory at Clemson. He made four 3-pointers in a blowout of Oklahoma State. (Sporting News)

Is Mitch Trubisky Ready for the NFL?

According to most NFL draft boards, former UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky is the clear No. 1 signal caller in April's NFL Draft. Is Trubisky ready, though? When a quarterback is taken in the first round, he's almost always expected to start immediately. He's usually thrown into the fire on a bad team with little help around him, and expected to revitalize a franchise. (Hero Sports)

UNC vs Syracuse: Three Things to Watch

North Carolina has played five games on 48 hours of rest or less. UNC went undefeated against UT-Chattanooga, Long Beach State, Chaminade, Oklahoma State, and Wisconsin on quick turnarounds. Syracuse, who beat Boston College on Saturday, has only had two such games, against Eastern Michigan (won 105-57) and St. John’s (lost 93-60). (Tar Heel Blog)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Visit to UNC in 1960: ‘In the presence of greatness’

Invited to UNC by campus religious organizations and the Carolina Forum, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent May 9, 1960, meeting with community leaders, conducting discussions in classes and speaking on “The Struggle for Racial Justice” to an overflow crowd at Hill Hall. His visit occurred just as the fight for equality began gaining momentum. (

Know Your Opponent: Syracuse

A rough start to the season hit rock bottom for Syracuse when the Orange lost 96-81 at Boston College in its ACC opener. But Jim Boeheim's squad has responded impressively, winning three of four including a 23-point victory in the rematch with BC. So is this the start of a season-changing run or is it a false dawn in the face of an intimidating ACC schedule? (

Tennessee announces hiring of UNC DB coach Charlton Warren

The Tennessee Volunteers football program announced Monday that Charlton Warren has agreed to terms to become the defensive backs coach for the Vols. Warren served as defensive backs coach at North Carolina the last two seasons and also has spent time on the Nebraska and Air Force coaching staffs. (Tennessee Athletics)

Clippers' Brice Johnson scrimmages with team during practice Friday

Brice Johnson took part in a scrimmage with the Los Angeles Clippers during practice Friday. For the first time since training camp, Johnson was cleared to take contact during five-on-five work, an encouraging sign as he attempts to return from a herniated disc in his back. The Clippers haven't handed down a specific timetable for Johnson's return. (CBS Sports)

Syracuse brings improved team to North Carolina

Perhaps the biggest reason Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim thought that this year’s Orange team would be elite was the team’s projected depth. But after starting 8-6 and 0-1 in the ACC — with that loss coming by 15 points to Boston College — the Orange are 3-1 in their last four (all league games), with perhaps the biggest reason being that Syracuse cut its lineup down to six or seven players. (Carolina Blue)

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Charles Scott scores 43 points in a 91-90 loss to Wake Forest. Later that year, the ACC’s leading scorer and co-Male Athlete of the Year scores 41 points in an ACC Tournament loss to Virginia. Scott averages 27.1 points, the third highest mark by a Tar Heel.

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Dudley Bradley steals the ball from Clyde Austin and dunks home the game-winner with seconds to play in a 70-69 win over NC State in a game that stuns the Reynolds Coliseum crowd. Carolina led 40-19, but the Pack came back to take the lead before Bradley’s heroics.

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No. 9 Carolina beats No. 1 Connecticut, 86-83, as Rashad McCants scores 27, including UNC’s final 10 points. His three-pointer with six seconds to play beats the Huskies, who later that year win the NCAA title.

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