The Final Four is over and done with for another year, and the championship game is nearly upon us.
It may not have been as frantic as some of the Elite Eight games we had earlier this week, but Syracuse was a scrappy team that gave it their all. Some may have thought the Orange had a shot at an upset, but #1 North Carolina entered March Madness as a top seed for a reason.
UNC is the 24th preseason #1 team to reach the title game. 14 of the previous 23 teams have gone on to win the March Madness championship.
A late run had Syracuse within single digits, but ultimately the Tar Heels proved to be too much down low. NC shot 4-of-17 for three, but 31-for-48 from the field.
At one point, NC superstar forward Brice Johnson was on the bench after a second foul, but that didn’t slow down the boys in blue. UNC went on to outscore Syracuse by a score of 32-12 over that nine minute span and stretch their lead from two to 11.
Sryacuse’s Trevor Cooney lead all scorers with 22 points, while every North Carolina starter other than guard Joel Berry scored in double-digits. Johnson and Justin Jackson had 16 points each, with Johnson adding nine rebounds to boot.