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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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
Kings’ Ty Lawson regains his shooting touch
Ty Lawson has found his groove. In his last 10 games entering the Kings’ meeting with Oklahoma City on Sunday at Golden 1 Center, Lawson was averaging 12.1 points, raising his season average to 8.7. In five games in January, Lawson was shooting 52.0 percent and averaging 14.4 points.
Tar Heels gain confidence; Orange looking for some
A Final Four rematch might not look all that attractive on the surface, but players for No. 11 North Carolina know this is no time to back off. The Tar Heels picked up a notable victory during the weekend prior to a home matchup with Syracuse on Monday at the Smith Center. Coming off a 96-83 conquest of Florida State puts the Tar Heels in good shape in the ACC.
Syracuse Visits North Carolina Monday Night
Carolina hosts Syracuse on Monday, 1/16, at 7 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center (ESPN). Syracuse is 11-7 overall, 3-2 in ACC play The Orange beat Boston College, 76-53 on 1/14, and has won three of its last four games. UNC coach Roy Williams has 799 wins. A win over Syracuse would make Williams the ninth Division I coach with 800 career victories.
NBC Sports Players of the Week: Justin Jackson and Joel Berry
It’s almost too difficult to separate the contributions of Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson. Berry is the guy that makes everything easier for No. 11 North Carolina offensively. Jackson has turned into the sharpshooter and the closer that the Tar Heels have lacked the last two seasons. And the two of them have essentially taken turns making the big shots for UNC.
Roy Williams on the 'sensational' Dean Dome crowd
When asked about Theo Pinson's big dunk late in the second half, UNC head coach Roy Williams said the play was huge for getting the crowd excited. He then through in a comment about the crowd in the Dean Dome for Saturday's game against No. 9 Florida State.
Pistons' Reggie Bullock returns to lineup after ‘emotional’ verdict
Reggie Bullock probably needed the sanctuary of basketball. After watching the Baltimore murder trial of his slain sibling end in an acquittal, the Pistons swingman needed to get on the floor Friday against the Jazz. “Going through something so tragic like that, allowing a guy to pretty much get off the (expletive) hook for something like that, it’s tough to deal with,” Bullock said.
North Carolina again shows it can survive short-handed
A five-guard lineup wasn’t what Roy Williams had in mind going into North Carolina’s matchup against the tallest team in the ACC. However, that was the option to which the Tar Heels turned at one point in their 96-83 win over Florida State.
Facing (Up) His Problems: Hicks’s 22 Points
Against Florida State, North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks exploded for his best scoring performance of the season in this more face-up, attacking style. He also more than doubled his previous season-high in free throw attempts, getting to the free throw line 14 times. Let’s break down how Hicks got his 22 points against the Seminoles.
UNC vs. Syracuse Preview
A quick turnaround for No. 11 North Carolina as Syracuse arrives for a Monday night tip, a little more than 50 hours after UNC's win over No. 9 Florida State. The game is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired by ESPN. The Orange’s season so far has been one of inconsistency. After starting the season 4-0, Jim Boeheim’s team has only won consecutive games once.