The UNC basketball program has a case of the "Terrible Tuesdays"

For a third consecutive Tuesday, the UNC basketball program suffered a loss, this one at the hands of Syracuse.

Feb 3, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Hubert Davis
Feb 3, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Hubert Davis / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Can we please stop playing basketball games on Tuesdays?!

For some odd reason, the UNC basketball program has been awful on Tuesdays over the last three weeks, dropping each of the three games they've played on the calendar day during that span in time.

The latest loss came at the hands of the Syracuse Orange, a team that the Tar Heels blew out just a couple of weeks ago in Chapel Hill.

Cuse UNC. 86. 445. Final. 79. 441

Syracuse simply couldn't miss, shooting 62.5% from the floor throughout, as the Tar Heels had no answer defensively to slow down the combo of Judah Mintz and JJ Starling.

Mintz and Starling combined for 58 points on 17-26 shooting, as they were a major reason why The Orange captured its first win against a top-10 opponent since 2019.

For North Carolina, the question remains: did this group peak too early?

Now having lost three of their last five games, the UNC basketball program has quickly come down to earth. Is it the pressure of everyone bringing their best now that they are considered "top dogs" in the conference? Could it be that this team is just in a slump?

There are definitely plenty of concerns surrounding this group, but here are some of the issues that came about on Tuesday night.

North Carolina struggled against the zone, as it's designed to make you attempt to shoot from beyond-the-arc. The Tar Heels took plenty of threes, 27 to be exact, but only made 12 of them, which is not good enough to win on the road.

RJ Davis finished with 19 points, but was essentially a non-factor in the first half. Syracuse, like other ACC teams, put an emphasis on slowing the senior guard down and did that early on, as his rhythm was definitely off.

Cormac Ryan kept the Tar Heels in the game in the first half but took them out of it in the second, as the graduate transfer turned the ball over multiple times over the final few minutes of action. He finished the night with five turnovers, which is simply unacceptable.

On a night that seemed like no calls went in North Carolina's way (ask Elliot Cadeau, who was drilled in the face, a play that wasn't even considered reviewable by the officiating crew), the Tar Heels didn't do enough on both sides of the floor to get the job done. When your opponent shoots such a high percentage from the floor, you have to be even better in order to win the game.

On this version of the "Terrible Tuesdays," the UNC basketball program was once again not good enough.

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