Three takeaways from No. 5 North Carolina’s win over Syracuse

first_img Romeo Langford’s late layup gives Indiana double-overtime win over No. 19 Wisconsin Duke vs. Virginia Tech: Three takeaways from the Blue Devils’ loss North Carolina pulled off a 93-85 win over Syracuse on Tuesday, extending its winning streak to four games.The Tar Heels put together some impressive runs during the game, but the Orange kept battling back to keep things competitive. Nevertheless, UNC remains one of the hottest teams in the country.Here are three takeaways from the Tar Heels’ victory: Related Newscenter_img While Syracuse did manage to topple Duke earlier this year, it gave up 90 points twice this season, and will have to face No. 2 Virginia on March 4 before the regular season comes to a close.The Orange have consistently been a dark horse come tournament time in years past. But they have a few kinks to iron out as March Madness approaches. Coby White is an elite shot creatorWhite’s versatility on offense has been a valuable asset for UNC all season. The guard became the first Tar Heel freshman to record three 30-point games in a season. He scored 34 points on 9-of-14 shooting against Syracuse and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.The Orange’s zone defense was no match for White, who slashed to the basket for quality looks in the paint. He also rattled home six 3-pointers, proving teams trying to defend him will have to pick their poison.Getting to the line will prove to be key for the Tar HeelsUNC was remarkable when it came to getting to the free-throw line Tuesday and they also converted at an efficient clip. The Tar Heels shot 14 more free-throws than the Orange, making 34 of their 37 attempts. The Tar Heels have shot less free throws than their opponents in four of their five losses this season, so replicating Tuesday’s success could prove to be beneficial.Syracuse’s defense has been exposed against top talentThe Orange entered Tuesday with the NCAA’s 24th ranked scoring defense, allowing just 64.1 points per game. But Syracuse has given up 76.5 points per game against ranked opponents this season.last_img read more