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The Confidential

The ACC Sports Blog

New Year, New (Old) Coach, Same Result: L

“Expect more losses and a colder/longer winter for Orange fans in Central New York.”

Syracuse Confidential

Syracuse welcomed Jim Boeheim back into the fold on Saturday against #6 North Carolina.  If it seems like the Tar Heels were toying with the Orange, it was not just you.  Marcus Paige was a non-factor.  Brice Johnson did more passing than scoring/rebounding.  UNC could get easy baskets at will against the 2-3 zone.  And, in the end, a Trevor Cooney-led Syracuse performance fell well short.

To be sure, the Orange were competitive most of the game.  And a large part of that goes to the great game by Cooney, as well as a very good game by Malachi Richardson.  But with Michael Gbinije very “off” and little other production elsewhere, there was no real sense of urgency on the North Carolina sideline that this would be a loss.  Of course, even if there was an upset, it would have been attributed to the emotion of Boeheim’s return anyway.  So…

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