UNC Scoring Leader: Isaiah Hicks 20
UNC Rebound Leader: Kennedy Meeks 12
UNC Assist Leader: Theo Pinson 5
Points Per Possession: Carolina 1.02 (85 points on 83 possessions), Syracuse .91 (68 points on 75 possessions)
Roy Williams Notes
• Tonight’s win is the 800th in Roy Williams’ career. He is the ninth coach to win 800 games as a Division I head coach.
• Williams is 800-212 in 29 seasons, including 382-111 in 14 years at Carolina. He is 160-62 in ACC regular-season games.
• Williams won his 800th game in fewer seasons (29) than any coach in history. Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski won their 800th game in their 33rd seasons.
• Williams won his 800th game in his 1,012th game, the second-fewest games needed to reach 800. Adolph Rupp won his 800th in his 972nd game. Dean Smith is now third (1,029 games).
• Williams has the second-highest winning percentage of any coach with 800 wins at .791. Rupp has a winning percentage of .822.
• Carolina is 17-3 overall, 5-1 in the ACC and 10-0 at home this year.
• The Tar Heels have won five in a row after dropping their ACC opener at Georgia Tech.
• Carolina shot 56.7 percent from the floor in the second half, its highest percentage in any half in an ACC game this year and its highest in a half since shooting 61.8 percent in the second half against Northern Iowa on 12/21.
• It was the eighth time in 20 games this year the Tar Heels shot 50 percent in the second half.
• Syracuse made 11 of its first 14 shots from the floor in the second half (.786), then made 4 of its next 19 to finish the game.
• Carolina came into the game first in the nation in rebounding per game and rebound margin. UNC had 44 rebounds and out-rebounded the Orange by 20.
• The Tar Heels scored 20 second-chance points. It was the the fourth time in the last five games and 10th time in 20 games overall UNC scored at least 20 second-chance points.
• The Tar Heels scored 26 points off turnovers. That is the fifth time this year UNC scored at least 25 points off turnovers.
• Carolina had 22 assists and nine turnovers, a ratio of 2.4 to 1. That is the best ratio in a game since UNC had 20 assists and five miscues against Northern Iowa (4:1) on 12/21.
• Carolina has gotten off to fast starts in its first three ACC home games – UNC led 12-2 tonight, led 9-2 and 14-5 early against Florida State and 26-4 against NC State.
Tar Heel Player Notes
• Isaiah Hicks led UNC with 20 points and added eight rebounds in a career-high tying 30 minutes. It is the first time in his career he has scored 16 or more points in three straight games (16 at Wake Forest, 22 vs. Florida State) and the first time in his career he scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games.
• Hicks tied his career highs with eight made field goals and 13 field goal attempts (also was 8 for 13 against Chaminade). Hicks is 22 for 24 from the free throw line in the last three games (he had taken 25 free throws in the previous nine games). It’s the second time in his career he has attempted 24 free throws in a three-game stretch.
• It was the third time this year and fifth time in his career Hicks has led UNC in scoring. It was also the second time this year (and his career) he played 30 minutes in a game (Wisconsin) and the second time this year he was not whistled for a personal foul (also vs. Chaminade in 27 minutes).
• Justin Jackson had his second double-double this year and fourth of his career with 19 points and 10 rebounds and added four assists.
• Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year (19th career). It was the ninth time this year he had at least 10 rebounds. Meeks came into the game sixth in the country in offensive rebound percentage and 11th in offensive boards per game. He had six offensive rebounds tonight and converted five of them into field goals.
• Theo Pinson led UNC with five assists in 14 minutes. It’s the third time in four games Pinson has led UNC in assists and the second time he has done that in less than 15 minutes. He led UNC with five assists in 13 minutes against NC State and shared team honors with three vs. Florida State.
• Kenny Williams made two three-pointers and had four assists and two steals. It was the fifth time this year he made multiple threes in a game.
• Carolina has won five in a row over Syracuse and leads the series, 9-4. The Tar Heels are 5-1 vs. the Orange since SU joined the ACC.
• UNC is 3-0 vs. the Orange in Chapel Hill and the Smith Center.
Next Game: at Boston College – Saturday, Jan. 21 (Noon, ACC Network)