Senior night more than a stage-setting result for UNC-Duke finale
The Tar Heels can claim their first ACC regular-season title since 2012 and clinch the top seed for the ACC Tournament with a win at Duke this weekend. Roy Williams wasn't thinking about the chase for first place after a painful loss to Virginia Saturday. His thoughts turned quickly to Monday's senior night for Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James. (Fayetteville Observer
UNC-Syracuse Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "I don’t know that I have ever felt as much stress over a regular season game as I did tonight. As soon as I got on the plane coming back from Virginia I started feeling that, because I just wanted Brice, Marcus and Joel so much to win their last home game. That was maybe more important to me than any game I have ever been involved with" (GoHeels.com
Video: Roy Williams Post-Syracuse Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams addressed the media following the Tar Heels' 75-70 Senior Night victory over Syracuse on February 29, 2016.
Video: Brice Johnson's Senior Night Speech
UNC senior forward Brice Johnson addressed the fans, his teammates, and his coaches in his postgame speech on senior night.
Video: Marcus Paige's Senior Night Speech
Watch Marcus Paige address the Smith Center crowd on Senior Night after the Tar Heels' 75-70 win against Syracuse on Monday.
UNC's win vs. Syracuse sets up game vs. Duke with ACC title implications
UNC clinched a double-bye in next week's ACC tournament, moved closer to claiming the league's regular-season title, but most significant is that the Tar Heels got a close win against a good team with a 75-70 victory against Syracuse. The Tar Heels saw a familiar scenario play out in the Dean Dome, but instead of Duke it was Syracuse making a second-half charge. (CBS Sports
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Syracuse
That's the rare very close 75-70 win over a tough Syracuse team that you don't even remember twenty minutes later, because Carolina had the best senior day ceremony the program has had in the Roy Williams era. The speeches from Joel James, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were absolutely perfect, and then Roy Williams took the microphone. (GoHeels.com
Video: Tar Heels Down Syracuse on Senior Night, 75-70 - Highlights
Brice Johnson got his ACC-leading 18th double-double to lead five Tar Heels in double figures as Carolina topped Syracuse 75-70 on senior night on February 29, 2016.
Recap: UNC 75, Syracuse 70
In a game that ebbed and flowed much like the loss to Duke, UNC held off Syracuse late for a 75-70 win on Senior Night. The Tar Heels had five players in double figures, led by Brice Johnson's 14 points and 10 rebounds. With the win, UNC clinches a double-bye in the ACC Tournament and can secure a regular-season title on Saturday with a win at Duke. (Tar Heel Blog
Johnson, No. 8 North Carolina hold off Syracuse 75-70
Brice Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 8 North Carolina beat Syracuse 75-70 on Monday night in its home finale. Joel Berry II added 13 points and two key late free throws for the Tar Heels (24-6, 13-4 ACC), who led by as many as 13 points after halftime but had plenty of trouble putting the game away against Syracuse's zone. (Associated Press
Box Score: North Carolina 75, Syracuse 70
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 75-70 win over Syracuse on Senior Night in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score
Video: 2016 Basketball Seniors Honored Pre-Syracuse
Justin Coleman, Spenser Dalton, Joel James, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were honored on center court in the Smith Center prior to their final home game as Tar Heels.
Brice Johnson Named Finalist for National Player of the Year
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Monday finalists for the USBWA's Oscar Robertson Trophy as the men's national player of the year and the USBWA's Wayman Tisdale Award for the men's national freshman of the year. The finalists' lists include 11 players for the men's player of the year, among which is UNC senior forward Brice Johnson. (U.S. Basketball Writers Association
Know Your Opponent: Syracuse
Syracuse is basically a six-man rotation, with Jim Boeheim having utilized the same starting five of Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson, Tyler Roberson and DaJuan Coleman in every game this season. That doesn't mean the head coach is happy about it. With Roberson's minutes dwindling, 6-8 freshman Tyler Lydon has become a vital sixth man. (GoHeels.com
Video: Marcus Paige & Brice Johnson Reminisce
Watch fellow Tar Heel seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson critique some of each others' best and funniest moments at UNC.