Stressful night ends with Tar Heels earning their Senior moment
The rivalry rematch with Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium isn’t until Saturday, but at this time of year, under these particular circumstances, every game feels like a test of survival for the North Carolina basketball team. And coach Roy Williams showed it in the immediate aftermath of Monday’s 75-70 victory against Syracuse. (Wilmington Star News
Tar Heels pass stress test
Coach Roy Williams was worried and No. 8 North Carolina wobbled at times Monday night. But the Tar Heels pursued offensive rebounds with a fierceness and they were able to withstand Syracuse in a 75-70 victory in the home finale at the Smith Center. “I don’t know if I ever felt as much stress about a regular-season game as I did (this game),” Williams said. (Burlington Times News
Seniors serve as Williams' solace, outlet turns into 'favorite team'
This is likely Roy Williams' favorite senior class, he said, and this Tar Heel team may well be his favorite ever, too -- the coach took to the mic announcing it to the Dean Dome after the game. The declaration was a little surprising to Marcus Paige -- his guess would've been the 2005 or 2009 NCAA National Championship teams -- but it wasn't too surprising. (WRAL Sports Fan
Isaiah Hicks' tips give UNC a late boost
Isaiah Hicks recorded an important hat trick of tips in the final eight-plus minutes of a 75-70 win against Syracuse on Monday. One-handed tips toward a teammate are one way the Tar Heels extend possessions after missed three throws. It can work after missed field goals, too, and the 6-foot-8 Hicks had three tips turn into five points down the stretch. (Fayetteville Observer
Video: Roy Williams' Senior Night Speech - 2016
Watch UNC coach Roy Williams speak to the Smith Center crowd and explain how much this team and group of seniors have meant to him.
UNC 75 Syracuse 70: Winning Tough
Win at Duke and UNC is the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament, positioned well for an NCAA Tournament #1 seed, and a lock for the Raleigh pod in the First and Second Rounds. There are other factors that could clinch top seed in the ACC Tournament. A loss this week by both Virginia and Miami would clinch the top seed for UNC. (Tar Heel Blog
Brice Johnson clutch again for UNC in his final home game
Brice Johnson is screaming — again. Fists clenched, arms flexed. You know how he gets. But this time is different; it’s more than a basketball play. There’s a minute and change left in the No. 8 North Carolina men’s basketball team’s eventual 75-70 win over Syracuse, but at the time, UNC is only up three points. (Daily Tar Heel
Lucas: Center Court
Senior days get sadder as we get older. That’s what I decided on Monday night, as a six-person Carolina senior class that includes Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson played their last game in the Smith Center. Really, that’s it. They’re done. Paige is never running out of that tunnel wearing a Carolina jersey again. Ever. That doesn’t seem possible. (GoHeels.com
UNC-Syracuse Postgame Notes
Carolina is now 7-4 all-time against Syracuse, including 3-1 since the Orange joined the ACC. Senior forward Brice Johnson recorded his ACC-leading 18th double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Marcus Paige matched his season high with eight assists. He also had eight assists in UNC’s win at Syracuse on 1/9. (GoHeels.com
UNC Persistent, Not Perfect, as March Arrives
Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams jots down a thought of the day each day on the locker room whiteboard, often a quote that carries a message beyond the locker room. Those messages have a greater lasting impact and tend to stay fresh in the players’ minds. The one that sticks most with Marcus Paige has a nice rhyme to it: “Persistence prevails when all else fails.” (Inside Carolina
Video: Joel James' Senior Night Speech
Watch North Carolina senior center Joel James address the Smith Center crowd after the Tar Heels' 75-70 win against Syracuse.
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.