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UNC Basketball: Random Observations Syracuse Win

Jan 24, 2023; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange center Jesse Edwards (14) handles the ball against North Carolina Tar Heels forward Armando Bacot (5) and forward Pete Nance (32) in the first half at JMA Wireless Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball defeated the Syracuse Orange 72-68 on Tuesday night. These are some random observations from the game. 

The UNC Basketball Tar Heels traveled to Syracuse for another vital game versus the Orange. One thing about Syracuse is you know what you’re going to get. You’re going to see zone the entire game. There will be length inside and outside shooting. One of the best things to happen when Syracuse entered the ACC is it forced UNC to get better against the zone.

I am not sure who was more excited to see Caleb Love go three for three from the three-point line in the first half. I know the fans were sure excited but I have to believe Love felt much better seeing that ball go through.

I like to see Tyler Nickel getting in and getting some time. He is one of a few guys that just haven’t been able to get on the floor. The zone was a great opportunity for him. It should be noted he has two of the nastiest blocks all season—one against Ohio State and another chase-down block versus Syracuse.

I am still not sure I understand rotations for this team. Jalen Washington got a few minutes in the first half and a brief look in the second half. Seth Trimble appears to have dropped down the depth chart after starting a few games.

Coach Hubert Davis would appear to play more by feel than by a consistent rotation. I wonder what that does for players knowing their roles.

One thing we have seen now for several games is the Tar Heels get out to a lead, give it up but then push it back out again. That is a good sign. Early in the season the Heels got down early and had to fight their way back.

I’m pretty sure Rece Davis hates UNC Basketball.

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