After settling for perimeter shots too often during the early portion of the first half, No. 1 North Carolina began to find its groove offensively against No. 10 Syracuse. The Tar Heels made 68 percent of their two-point attempts in the first half, and they improved on their 11-point halftime lead by continuing to work the ball inside against the Syracuse zone.
One example of this: a nice touch pass from Marcus Paige to Kennedy Meeks for an uncontested dunk. The play began with Justin Jackson being trapped on the baseline by two Syracuse defenders, with Paige flashing to bail out his teammate. Jackson found Paige, who in one motion found Meeks.