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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim returns from his nine-game, NCAA-imposed suspension just in time for No. 6 North Carolina’s visit to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. Syracuse enters Saturday’s contest with a 10-6 (0-3 ACC) record. The Orange have lost six of their last 10 games after a 6-0 start. (Inside Carolina
Brice Johnson becoming more consistent under Roy Williams' steady motivation
The battle between Brice Johnson and Roy Williams is as entertaining as whatever game UNC is playing in at times. Williams is consistently tough on his big man as he tries to get Johnson’s play to be consistent. “He does every little thing he can,” Johnson said. “He’s said some very motivating things that hurt my heart a little and got to me to force me to play better.” (WRAL Sports Fan
Kennedy Meeks expected to return from seven-game absence
North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he "fully expects" junior Kennedy Meeks to return to the lineup for Saturday's game at Syracuse. Williams said Meeks, who has missed the past seven games with a bruised left knee, practiced Wednesday and Thursday, though his participation was limited. (ESPN.com
Tale of the Tape: UNC-Syracuse
There are a number of reasons this game is problematic for UNC. Syracuse relies heavily on three point shooting, attempting 43% of shots from beyond the arc. The overall three-point percentage is a modest 35% but as we've seen all season, versus UNC teams tend to operate well above average from the perimeter. (Tar Heel Blog
Video: Brice Johnson 1-on-1 with Sean May
UNC forward Brice Johnson sits down for a 1-on-1 interview with current Tar Heel assistant and former National Title 'Most Outstanding Player' Sean May to talk about his senior season exploits and career development.
Video: Roy Williams, Brice Johnson Pre-Syracuse Press Conference Recap
Roy Williams and Brice Johnson discuss Jim Boeheim's return to the bench, the status of Kennedy Meeks, and playing against the zone as the Tar Heels prepare for Syracuse.
Know Your Opponent: Syracuse
Syracuse has lost three straight to start conference play, including a 74-73 overtime setback to Clemson in its ACC home opener. In a road loss at Miami last Saturday, the Orange managed just 0.74 points per possession and was outscored 47-26 after halftime. But how much will that matter at the Carrier Dome Saturday night? (GoHeels.com
Kennedy Meeks to practice fully, might play on Saturday
The word from UNC coach Roy Williams is that Kennedy Meeks might play on Saturday. Meeks has missed the last seven games with a bruised knee. Meeks has been limited in practice this week, but is expected to be a full participant in Friday's practice. If everything goes as planned, his status will be elevated and he could play against Syracuse on Saturday. (Carolina Blue
Weekend picks: Boeheim returns as Syracuse hosts North Carolina
The Carrier Dome will be at a fever pitch with Jim Boeheim returning from his NCAA-mandated nine-game suspension and the blue-chip Tar Heels in the house. Unfortunately, emotion alone won’t be enough to rescue the Orange from their doldrums. This team has many flaws, but the most significant is its poor interior defense. Prediction: North Carolina 82, Syracuse 70 (Sports Illustrated
Tar Heels Off To Syracuse
North Carolina (14-2, 3-0 ACC) will go for its eighth consecutive win and its first 4-0 ACC start under Roy Williams when it visits Syracuse (10-6, 0-3) on Saturday. The Tar Heels and Syracuse will tip off just after 8 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Allison Williams will call the game for an ESPN national television audience. (GoHeels.com
How North Carolina’s Brice Johnson further complicates Syracuse’s lineup dilemma
This Saturday, albeit not a natural center, North Carolina’s Brice Johnson will be patrolling the paint. The senior stands 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds and is coming off a 39-point, 23-rebound explosion against Florida State. He’s averaging 16.8 points and 10.6 rebounds while boasting a 64.5-percent field-goal percentage for the No. 6 Tar Heels. (Daily Orange
How big will the crowd be for Syracuse's game against 6th-ranked North Carolina?
Syracuse officials are expecting a crowd of more than 26,000 fans for the Orange's basketball game against No. 6 North Carolina on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The Syracuse-UNC game will mark the return of SU coach Jim Boeheim, who just finished serving a nine-game NCAA suspension. Syracuse's new football coach, Dino Babers, will address the crowd at halftime. (Syracuse.com
ESPN Wooden Award Watch
Brice Johnson, North Carolina Tar Heels: Johnson is shooting 64.5 percent from the field, grabbing nearly a third of UNC's available defensive rebounds, playing the best defense of his life and serving as the catalyst for a UNC team that defies all the rules about the most efficient way to score. Also: 39 and 23. The last Tar Heel to post a 30-20 game was Mitch Kupchak. (ESPN.com
Anticipation Building for Orange vs. UNC on Saturday
The much-anticipated Syracuse men's basketball game against North Carolina on Saturday, January 9 will tip off at 8 pm. The ACC encounter will feature the return of Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim from the NCAA suspension. The Orange Hall of Fame Coach will match wits with UNC mentor and Hall of Famer Roy Williams. More than 26,000 fans are expected for the game. (Syracuse Athletics
Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings
4 North Carolina Tar Heels: Brice Johnson had an incredible game against Florida State on Monday—39 points on 14-of-16 shooting, and 20 rebounds—with the most boring shot chart of all time. It was more entertaining on film...and after watching that, I used hoop-math.com’s data to see where Johnson ranks in terms of at-the-rim success. Johnson led the nation at an astounding 94.6%. (Sports Illustrated