Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 6 North Carolina

first_imgSyracuse desperately needs an Atlantic Coast Conference win, but its next chance comes against what could easily be considered the conference’s best team.No. 6 North Carolina (14-2, 3-0 ACC) visits the Carrier Dome for an 8 p.m. matchup against the Orange (10-6, 0-3) on Saturday. SU head coach Jim Boeheim will make his return after a nine-game suspension for the first of two meetings between these teams this season.Here’s what you need to know about the Tar Heels heading into the matchup.All-time series: 4-5 in North Carolina’s favor. Last time they played: The Tar Heels defeated Syracuse, 93-83, in the Dean E. Smith Center last January. That was the highest a team scored against the Orange all season, and also SU’s fourth-highest offensive output. Syracuse got 28 points on an inefficient 26 shots from Trevor Cooney, and Marcus Paige led a balanced UNC effort with 22 points, eight assists and four steals. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNorth Carolina report: The Tar Heels have the second best offense in the country according to Kenpom.com’s adjusted offensive efficiency, and recently scored 106 points in a regulation win over unranked Florida State. UNC is paced by a trio of stars — Paige, Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson — as starting center Kennedy Meeks recovers from a bruised knee. ESPN’s Doris Burke said during the North Carolina-FSU telecast that Meeks could play against the Orange, but it seems unlikely that head coach Roy Williams would give him a normal load of minutes even if he does suit up. That hasn’t been a huge problem for the Tar Heels, who have strong reserve bigs in Isaiah Hicks and Joel James, who could team with Johnson to bully SU inside.While UNC is a decent 3-point shooting team, only 19.9 percent of its total points come from beyond the arc, which ranks 341st out of 351 Division I teams, per Kenpom. Its offense, predicated on getting out in transition and dumping it inside in the half court, is led by Johnson, who scores 16.8 points per game, and organized by the veteran Paige. Johnson is coming off a 39-point, 23-rebound performance against the Seminoles. Paige’s 19.8 usage percentage is the fifth highest on the team, but he has the third best adjusted offensive rating in the country, scoring an adjusted 141.1 points per 100 possessions according to Kenpom. He also has the 11th lowest turnover rate in the country, and the Tar Heels haven’t scored fewer than 80 points since he returned from injury seven games into the season. North Carolina is a dynamic team that can beat opponents in a lot of ways, but it starts with Paige and Johnson before trickling down to Jackson and the rest of Williams’ nine-man rotation.How Syracuse upsets North Carolina: Three words: Pack. The. Paint. It’s not that the Tar Heels can’t make 3s, it’s just that its offense is way more effective on the inside. If the Orange does keep the zone compact and forces UNC to shoot over the top of it, there’s a good chance that Paige (44.4 percent from deep), Nate Britt (40.5), Theo Pinson (41.2) and Joel Berry (36.2) make it a very long afternoon in the Carrier Dome. But if SU extends to shooters like it normally does, it will be an even longer afternoon when Johnson, Hicks, maybe Meeks and the Tar Heels’ slashers are pounding the zone inside. According to Kenpom, UNC has the 18th best 2-point shooting percentage in the country (55.7), 11th best offensive rebounding percentage (39) and 27th best team free-throw percentage (74.7). Packing the paint could work to taking away North Carolina’s high-percentage scoring opportunities, and Syracuse also has to forget about offensive rebounding and get back on defense to slow down the Tar Heels’ relentless fast break. On the other end, SU simply has to be making its 3s to stay in it. UNC ranks 322nd in the country in 3-point defense, according to Kenpom, and the Seminoles scored 90 points on Monday by shooting 10-of-20 from deep and attacking a stretched out man-to-man defense. If the Orange has any shot at keeping up with the Tar Heels’ offense, it’ll be from deep. Numbers to know: North Carolina’s average possession length of 14.6 seconds is the 11th lowest in the country, according to Kenpom. While Syracuse likes to run, the Tar Heels like to sprint. And even though the Orange is effective in transition, it may be time to dial back its fast break to try and prevent UNC from playing at its preferred break-neck pace. North Carolina is an offensive juggernaut, and its success in transition is a big reason why.Player to watch: Even if Meeks plays, Hicks will likely be Johnson’s primary running mate in the frontcourt. James started against Florida State but Hicks played 12 efficient minutes before picking up his fourth foul. On the season, Hicks is averaging 9.6 points and four rebounds per game, and will hurt the Orange on the offensive glass if it focuses too much on Johnson. Comments Published on January 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Visit these 50 Kobe Bryant murals, mapped throughout Southern California

first_imgPrevious1. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 8906 Reseda Blvd on the back (east) wall of Collective Lifestyle in the parking alley in Northridge. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)2. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 6454 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood on the side (north) wall of Vorouj Appliances facing Hamlin St. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds3. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 5745 Tujunga Ave in North Hollywood on the front wall wall of A&S Liquors store. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)4. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 4420 W Victory Blvd in Burbank on the side (west) wall of Nelson’s Liquor facing N. Clybourn Ave. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)5. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 174 W Verdugo Ave. in Burbank on the west (side) wall of an unmarked building. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)6. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 2200 N Soto Street in Los Angeles on the south (side) wall of The Village Mart. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)7. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at at 4949 District Blvd. in Vernon on the South wall of Tipsy Inc. facing District Blvd. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)8. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 3429 Union Pacific Ave. in Los Angeles on the west (side) wall of GoPar Auto Repair. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)9. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 3007 E 4th St. in Los Angeles on the east (side) wall of Boyle Heights Kutz barber shop. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)10. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1430 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles on the east (side) wall of Liz Beauty Salon facing Warren St. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)11. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 800 E 4th St. in Los Angeles on the north wall of The Container Yard facing E. 4th St. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)12. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1734 E Washington Blvd in Los Angeles on the east wall of an unmarked building. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)13. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 2101 San Pedro St. in Los Angeles on the north wall of the building facing E. 21st St. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)14. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1361 S Main St. in Los Angeles on the south wall of Jimmy Jam T-shirts facing W. 14th St. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)15. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1318 S Figueroa St. in Los Angeles on the back wall in the alley behind Valet Parking Service facing the convention center.(Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)16. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 400 W Pico Blvd in Los Angeles on the east wall of Hard Core Fitness facing S. Grand Ave. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)17. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 709 Olive Unit A in Los Angeles on the wall of the lounge inside Higher Livin Smoke Shop. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)18. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 2377 W Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles on the south wall of the 7-Eleven facing W. Pico Blvd.(Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)19. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 13515 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)20. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1600 Argyle Ave in Los Angeles on the south wall of The Argyle, facing Selma Ave. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)21. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 11459 Ventura Blvd in Studio City on the south wall of VEM Exotic Rentals facing Ventura Blvd. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)22. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 8495 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood on the east wall of The Pink Dot, facing the side parking lot. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)23. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 7829 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles on the front wall of Sorella Boutique facing Melrose Ave. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)24. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 7767 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles on the west wall of Sportie LA in parking lot. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)25. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 7768 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)26. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 7753 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)27. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 7725 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles on west wall of Shoe Palace facing North Genesee Ave. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)28. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 7701 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles on the east wall of World of Vintage T-Shirts facing N. Spaulding Ave. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)29. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 100 N La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles on the south wall of Custom Auto Craft facing W 1st. St. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)30. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 519 S Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles on the front wall of building facing S. Fairfax Ave. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)31. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1251 South La Brea Ave in Los Angeles. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)32. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 5325 W Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles on the front wall of City Spa & Health Center facing W. Pico Blvd. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)33. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 5412 W Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles on the front wall of Euro Spec Motoring building facing Pico Blvd. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)34. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 4566 Pickford St. in Los Angeles on the side wall of Pickford Market facing Vinyard Ave. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)35. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 2450 S La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)36. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 490 N Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills on the north wall of Alfred Coffee Beverly Hills building facing Santa Monica Blvd. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)37. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 12430 Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)38. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at the Ocean Front Walk in Venice near Windward Ave. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)39. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 10 Washington Blvd in Venice.(Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)40. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1005 W Century Blvd. in Los Angeles. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)41. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1511 E 103rd St. in Los Angeles(Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)42. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1053 Aviation Blvd. in Manhattan Beach. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)43. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 22505 Crenshaw Blvd. in Torrance. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)44. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 2064 Pacific Coast Hwy in Lomita.(Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)45. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 3390 Orange Ave. in Signal Hill. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)46. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1600 Cherry Ave. in Long Beach.(Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)47. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 219 E 4th St. in Santa Ana. (Photo by Jeff Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)A mural honors the late Los Angeles Laker great Kobe Bryant in Costa Mesa. On Monday night, Feb. 24, 2020, the Riverside African-American Historical Society will host a candlelight vigil in downtown Riverside in Bryant’s honor.(File photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)49. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 3100 East Coast Hwy in Corona Del Mar.(Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)50. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 1294 S Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.(Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)1. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 8906 Reseda Blvd on the back (east) wall of Collective Lifestyle in the parking alley in Northridge. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)NextShow Caption1 of 501. A mural honoring Kobe Bryant can be seen at 8906 Reseda Blvd on the back (east) wall of Collective Lifestyle in the parking alley in Northridge. (Photo by Yasmin Goertzen, Contributing Photographer)ExpandOur journey was more than 500 miles and took two days to complete.We started at 5 a.m. on a Tuesday in Northridge and continued the following Sunday, ending in Laguna Beach.I’m a #GirlDad, so I took my daughter. Yasmin, 21, may not share my passion for basketball, but we share a passion for art. We’re both artists.The death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas had a profound effect on not only our family, but we saw firsthand how it affected the Southern California community as we learned of the dozens of murals popping up on building walls throughout the region. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAlthough our schedules would never permit us to paint a mural together in his honor, we did the next best thing: We visited nearly all of those we learned about, 50 to be exact. Because of traffic and time, we stayed just a couple minutes at each mural. My daughter navigated with the GPS while I drove.Finding each mural was like a scavenger hunt. The excitement built as we approached each site looking for the sometimes hard-to-spot prize.We were amazed, not only with the talent, creativity and emotion expressed in each mural, but also their sizes. One mural measured roughly 1,200 square feet. To fully appreciate such massive and amazing artwork in such limited time was impossible.But there was a reward. The further we got into our journey, the more we enjoyed the time together to reflect on our relationship and admire the love and bond that Kobe and Gigi had. As Yasmin appreciated, the murals weren’t just about Kobe.“They didn’t just focus on his career and how good he was at playing basketball. They also focused on the relationship he had with his daughter,” she said. “At this age, I sometimes forget how lucky I am to have loving parents and to be surrounded by that.”Each mural told an emotional story. And as a father, the emotions that welled up inside were strong.The legacy that Kobe left for his children, the deep admiration that Gigi had for her father and the passion they shared together for basketball is an inspiration for any father. The murals captured that.“People need to stop and appreciate more who they have around them, because you never know when they can be taken away from you,” Yasmin said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Donegal and Derry to host major European seminar on digital innovation hubs

first_imgOver 60 attendees from 6 European countries will visit Derry and Donegal next week for a two-day event exploring how best to connect Digital Hubs and Innovation Centres across Europe.The first day of the event will be held in the Catalyst Inc Innovation Centre in Derry with the second day of the event being held in Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair.This event, which will take place on 17 and 18 October, will see the coming together of representatives from Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia and Sweden as well as experts from the European Commission DG AGRI to explore the role that digital innovation hubs can play in the socio-economic development of the regions. This event is being hosted as part of the EU funded ERUDITE project.And Colm McColgan General Manager with ERNACT believes that this type of an event presents a great opportunity for the north-west region saying “it is a great coup for the North West region to secure an event of this kind and we are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the strong working relationship between both Donegal County Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council and to share with our counterparts in other European countries the impact that our own Innovation Centres and Digital Hubs have had on our region”.As well as hearing from experts the event will be complemented with several site visits to top class innovation centres in the north west including the CoLab in Letterkenny and Áislann in Ghaoth Dobhair as well as the Catalyst Innovation Centre, C-TRIC, Eighty81 Hub and the Nerve Centre in Derry.Participants of this two day event will hear from other inspiring Digital Innovation Hubs and models in Europe, ranging from business-oriented privately-owned initiatives (Ludgate), to university-led like the Maker labs network in Slovenia or socially oriented like the Lab Altobello in Venice (Italy). The event will also allow those attending to explore the vision for a Peripheral Digital Innovation Hubs Network that would work with other main Innovation Centres of Competence.Donegal and Derry to host major European seminar on digital innovation hubs was last modified: October 11th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derrydigital hubdonegalseminarlast_img read more