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Brendan Haywood on Life Alongside Jordan and LeBron

Only four men in NBA history have played with Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Former UNC center Brendan Haywood, now an analyst for NBA TV, is one of those lucky, rare few. The Ringer talked to Haywood about the differences between the two superstars, what they were like as teammates and people, and where he falls on the great GOAT debate.

Spenser Dalton: Thoughts on UNC vs. Syracuse

Last night UNC's offense for the first 33 or so minutes against Syracuse's zone defense was tremendous, with multiple guys finding space in the middle area of the zone and guys hitting the open shots when they came. The worry for this team has always been what will happen if they don’t hit shots, and as last night shows they’re hard to beat when they do.

Theo Pinson, UNC follow familiar script to carve up Syracuse zone

Theo Pinson frequently takes a back seat to two high-scoring teammates on the defending national champions, but when the Tar Heels sat down to break down film of Syracuse's 2-3 zone, it was clear to him he'd need to take a star turn on Wednesday night. The Tar Heels' 6-foot-6 small forward/big problem made a home for himself in the high post against the Orange.

Quick Hitters – UNC vs. Syracuse

Theo Pinson is playing like an absolute beast. He tallied seven assists on the night, six of which were in the first half. He scored a career high 23 points. Those 23 points came on an efficient 9-for-12 shooting including 2-for-2 from three-point range. Over the course of the last three games Pinson is averaging 19.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists for North Carolina.

Lucas: A Winning Room

You can put Cameron Johnson's words in a textbook about how to recognize a winning locker room. He's been in a few of them. The last couple of Carolina teams have had the vast majority of players sit around the locker room after practices for no particular reason other than enjoying each other's company. This year's group is developing the same chemistry.

Theo the Facilitator

Theo Pinson's name appeared in the play-by-play of North Carolina’s win over Syracuse 36 times. The senior wing scored a career-high 23 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out seven assists and made three steals. His stat line lacked only a blocked shot. And yet the magnitude of Pinson’s performance is not properly characterized on those pieces of paper.

Theo Pinson saving his best shot for surging UNC

Theo Pinson has been an enigma throughout his North Carolina career. But in Wednesday’s win over Syracuse, Pinson was all lovable. The senior filled the stat sheet again with a career-high 23 points, six rebounds and a game-high seven assists. The fact that Pinson's sharp play has accompanied a six-game win streak for the Tar Heels is not by chance.

Roy Williams Post-Syracuse Quotes

Roy Williams: "We made some dumb plays late. We kept challenging them one on one in the open court. When you have the lead you’ve got to take better care of the basketball and not force stuff. Other than that we did some really good things. We shot the ball well in the first half. I like the fact that we played against their zone and even their full court press.”

Seniors Help No. 10 UNC Fend Off Syracuse, Move Tar Heels’ Winning Streak to Six Games

Experience paid off for the Tar Heels down the stretch Wednesday at the Carrier Dome, as seniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson helped UNC withstand a late Syracuse rally on the way to a 78-74 victory—the team’s sixth win in a row. Berry finished with 12 of his 18 points in the second half—including a critical steal and layup with under two minutes remaining.

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 78-74 loss to No. 10 North Carolina

The Carrier Dome rocked. In the waning minutes, Syracuse and North Carolina each swung like prize-fighters. The crowd roared. The student section filled to the top of the second deck. UNC had to call a timeout and Syracuse players stared into the season-high crowd of 27,165 people and asked them to get just a little bit louder. So, they did. It wasn’t enough.

Podcast: Sherrell McMillan on Carolina's Gritty Win over Syracuse

Inside Carolina's Sherrell McMillan and Tommy Ashley discuss North Carolina's 78-74 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night.

Video: UNC Players Post-Syracuse Locker Room Interviews

North Carolina won its sixth consecutive game Wednesday by defeating Syracuse, 78-74, at the Carrier Dome. Theo Pinson scored a career-high 23 points while also grabbing 6 rebounds and handing out 7 assists. Joel Berry added 19. Here is what Theo Pinson, Cam Johnson, Joel Berry, Sterling Manley, Luke Maye, and Andrew Platek had to say about the victory:

Video: Roy Williams Post-Syracuse Interview

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with reporters following the Tar Heels' 78-74 win over Syracuse on Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome.

Video: Jim Boeheim Post-UNC Press Conference

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim speaks with the media following the Orange's 78-74 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday at the Carrier Dome.

Video: North Carolina Beats Syracuse 78-74 - Highlights

North Carolina senior Theo Pinson (23 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists) and Joel Berry (18 points) helped the Tar Heels edge out a close 78-74 road win at Syracuse on Wednesday night.

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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

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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