Brice John­son, North Carolina NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

2015-16 Record: 32–6, 14–4 ACC Head Coach: Roy Wil­liams (eighth Fi­nal Four) Pro­jected Starters: G – Mar­cus Paige (12.3 ppg, 3.7 apg, 34.5 3-pt FG%), G – Joel Berry (12.8 ppg, 3.6 apg, 37.6 3-pt FG%), F – Justin Jack­son (12.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 rpg), F – Brice John­son (17.1 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg), F – Kennedy Meeks (9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 55.4 FG%) Will win the na­tional ti­tle if... Mar­cus Paige heats up. Brice John­son is North Carolina’s best player. That said, it’s tough to en­vi­sion Carolina win­ning a ti­tle with­out Paige play­ing a ma­jor part. The se­nior guard hit 6-of-9 3-point­ers against In­di­ana but went 7-of-18 in the Heels’ other three NCAA Tour­na­ment games. North Carolina won both meet­ings against Syra­cuse this year but shot only 22 per­cent (9-of-41) from 3 in those games. Will lose to Syra­cuse on Satur­day if... sev­eral things go wrong. North Carolina is play­ing like a na­tional cham­pion right now, and the Tar Heels draw a No. 10 seed they al­ready beat twice dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. Syra­cuse would need sev­eral breaks to go its way to pull the up­set, but Vir­ginia prob­a­bly thought the same thing. Foul trou­ble for John­son and a bad shoot­ing day en masse for North Carolina would open the door for the Or­ange.

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