Jan 4, 2014; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyler Ennis (11) grabs a loose ball with Miami Hurricanes forward James Kelly (35) looking on during the first half of a game at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Tale of the Tape: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Syracuse Orange


If the North Carolina Tar Heels want to avoid going 0-3 to start ACC conference play, they have to defeat No. 2 Syracuse on the road and grab the upset win. North Carolina has had one interesting season and it doesn’t appear to get any better. However, there is no better time of the season to turn things around then against the undefeated Orange of Syracuse!

Tale of the Tape

North Carolina Tar Heels

Stat

Syracuse Orange

10-5

Record

15-0

0-2

ACC Record

2-0

7-3

Home Record

10-0

1-2

Away Record

2-0

NR

AP Rank

2nd

Loss 2

Win/Loss Streak

Win 15

77.7 ppg

Points Per Game

74.1 ppg

42.1 rpg

Rebounds Per Game

35.5 rpg

15.5 apg

Assists Per Game

13.7 apg

.455%

Field Goal Percentage

.467%

.315%

Three Point Percentage

.359%

.623%

Free Throw Percentage

.688%

193

Turnovers

148

 

Syracuse has the better record and they also look better on paper. They out rank North Carolina in field goal percentage, three point percentage, free throw percentage and have fewer turnovers. Despite not having more points per game, this Syracuse team is strong and dominate this season. Playing a struggling Carolina team at home puts them in as the favorites to win tomorrow’s anticipated match-up.

However, don’t count the Tar Heels out. They are undefeated against AP Top-25 ranked teams this season despite having some embarrassing losses this season.

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