Final Four Preview: North Carolina vs. Syracuse

Final Four Preview: North Carolina vs. Syracuse

This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.

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Two ACC foes will meet for the third time this season, as North Carolina, the only remaining No. 1 seed, will take on an Orange squad looking to cap off their unlikely tournament run. Roy Williams and the Tar Heels got the best of Jim Boeheim and the Orange earlier this season, winning 84-73 back on Jan. 9. Syracuse made it much closer the second time around, however, as North Carolina won by a narrow, five-point margin (75-70). The two teams sport well-decorated coaches and senior leadership in the backcourt, but it will all come down to one game to see who the ACC sends as their representative to the national championship game.

Syracuse Orange, Midwest Region No. 10 Seed

Backcourt: The Orange trot out a pair of seniors in their backcourt in Michael Gbinije (17.6 ppg) and Trevor Cooney (12.7 ppg). Along with freshman wing Malachi Richardson (13.3 ppg), that trio makes up the top-three scorers on the team. Gbinije, who has taken a leap forward in most statistical categories this season, is tasked with the primary ball-handling duties, as he is involved in a team-high 24.8 percent of possessions (per KenPom). The senior shot 39.9 percent from beyond the arc this season, but that mark has been reduced to 30 percent over four tournament games. All four remaining teams boast significant experience in the backcourt department, but this is an area, unlike most, where the No. 10-seeded Syracuse is right up to par with the competition.

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