UNC Basketball: Orange vs. Tar Heels game preview

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Key Players

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Syracuse: F Tyler Lydon

Tyler Lydon could’ve joined his compatriots last season and gone pro. Most mocks had him in the late first round. Instead, he decided to come back and is having a good sophomore season.

The 6 foot 9 forward is averaging nearly 13 points and eight rebounds a game. He also is shooting 43.5 percent from behind the three point line this season.

North Carolina likes to play two bigs. If Lydon can hit the three, it will spread out the Heels and cause Roy to consider going with a smaller line-up.

North Carolina: F Theo Pinson

Pinson is a stat stuffer. In his game against Florida State, he finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in 24 minutes of play. Theo does the little things the Tar Heels need. He is also heart of this team. His passion is infectious. Look at how the stadium responds to his one-handed jam:

While he was injured UNC was tournament worthy. Now that he is back, the Tar Heels are Final Four good.