New York -- The stark reality resided on the statistics sheet and in the eyes of anybody who watched North Carolina's 78-59 win over Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Orange men's two primary scorers, their two guards, shot a combined 8-of-39 from the field on Wednesday night in Barclays Center.
Because of that and because UNC was so good at containing the SU guards in pick-and-roll situations, the Orange was bottled up and racing to beat the shot clock on at least five occasions Wednesday night.
Syracuse guard Tyus Battle (25) during an ACC Tournament game against North Carolina on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the Barclays Center.
North Carolina, which was playing its first ACC Tournament game on Wednesday, had young, fresh legs to run with SU's backcourt.
Kenny Williams said the Heels wanted to "lock down" on SU's guards, to eliminate opportunities for Battle or Howard to beat them.
Syracuse needed Howard, Battle and Brissett to log heavy minutes, Boeheim said, to get their team into the NCAA Tournament conversation.
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