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Syracuse Basketball: Bracket matrix update, top takeaways from UNC loss

An offensive explosion occurred on Tuesday night in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the ‘Cuse hoops outfit did almost everything humanly possible to upset No. 5 North Carolina at the Smith Center. I know it stings that the Orange (18-10, 9-6) lost by eight points to the Tar Heels (23-5, 13-2), but there’s a lot to feel proud about in this affair.

SU shot proficient from the floor and from beyond the arc. It kept turnovers to a reasonable number, and Syracuse shared the ball well. When UNC went on runs to create some separation, the ‘Cuse responded on virtually every instance to keep the margin within reach.