Opponent preview: What to know about No. 5 seed North Carolina

first_imgNo. 4-seed Syracuse (9-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) faces No. 5-seed North Carolina (7-6, 1-3) on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the ACC tournament play-in game. The Orange ended the regular season with a 18-9 drubbing of Navy and the Tar Heels sunk to 1-3 in conference play with a loss at Notre Dame.Here’s what to know about the matchup.All-time series: 18-8, Syracuse leads.The last time they played: The Orange ground out a 12-9 victory over North Carolina last weekend to finish .500 in ACC play. Through one half, SU and UNC scored seven apiece. Then, Syracuse pulled away, shutting out the Tar Heels in the third quarter while scoring four goals of its own.  The North Carolina report: The Tar Heels finished the regular season last in the ACC, going 1-3 with the lone win coming against Duke. UNC scores at a top-20 rate and allows 10.08 goals per game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat’s hamstrung North Carolina the most is struggles to win faceoffs, currently winning fewer than half (49.4 percent). Their top faceoff man, Zachary Tucci, is just above 50 percent, currently (144-of-287).Tucci’s main struggle, along with most of North Carolina’s, is rooted in youth. The Tar Heels goalie and faceoff specialist are both true-freshmen. While UNC’s talent showed in a win against Duke, the Tar Heels have largely struggled against superior competition. How Syracuse beats UNC: Win faceoffs and control the ball.This recipe has been working for Syracuse since an ugly, turnover-heavy loss at Notre Dame in late March. Since then, John Desko has preached how SU needs to make possessions count and maximize the number it was getting.The quickest path to more possessions is winning more faceoffs, something the Orange didn’t struggle to do against the Tar Heels first time around. If the Orange do that Thursday, it will be in good shape.Once the ball gets to the offense, Syracuse can ride with a top attack line that recently combined for 17 points against Navy. Playing from behind the cage to space out the offense, the Orange should look to methodically break down the Tar Heels through spacing, deliberate passing and smart shooting.Stat to know: 1086 days — It’s been nearly three years since Syracuse last won an ACC tournament game. The last time was May 1, 2016, when the Orange downed Duke, 14-8, in the title game.Player to watch: Tanner Cook, junior midfielder, No. 77After beating Navy, when looking ahead to a rematch with the Tar Heels, John Desko mentioned Cook, the Tar Heels left-handed Canadian. He noted Cook scored two goals against Notre Dame after going nearly silent through much of the second half of the season. In Cook, the Tar Heels might have a new offensive element. Comments Published on April 22, 2019 at 7:20 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Powell thrilled with Giunness World Record nod

first_imgFormer World record holder and one of the five fastest men in the world, Asafa Powell, is thrilled after he was officially named a Guinness World Record Holder.The Jamaican sprinter and Olympian has been named the current record holder for Most Competitive 100m Sprint Races Completed in Sub-10 Seconds, meaning that no sprinter in history has gone below 10 seconds more times that the 34 year-old Powell.”It was fantastic to hear that I am back in the Guinness Book of World Records,” Powell told The Gleaner yesterday.The sprinter, who will this season be looking to feature in his fifth World Championships after competing in Paris (2003), Osaka (2007), Berlin (2009) and Beijing (2015), says he is eager to add to his tally and extend his amazing record.With 97 sub-10 seconds runs under his spikes and last year’s Diamond Trophy in hand, Powell is heading to the IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar, alongside 16 reigning Olympic and World Champions plus 44 global medallists, all of whom are competing in the Qatar Sports Club on May 5.HUNTING ANOTHER DIAMONDPowell heads to Doha looking for his 98th run and to add another diamond to that sub-10 crown.”I am hoping to break my own record again and again this season, and my journey to 100 begins on Friday. I can’t wait to make history again!” Powell added.Powell, a four-time Olympian, ran 9.77 seconds in 2005 to break Tim Montgomery’s 100m world record before twice equalling the time in 2006, subsequently lowering the mark to 9.74 in 2007.last_img read more

Your smartphone may soon pack 1TB in storage thanks to Samsungs

first_imgSick of filling the limited space on your phone with apps, photos and videos? Sometime in the near future, your smartphone could ship with more than one terabyte (1TB) of internal storage and run 10 times faster than a standard memory card.Samsung is best known for making smartphones, but the company’s memory division — one of its most profitable units — just announced it has begun mass-producing a 1TB flash storage chip for phones. There’s no word on when they’ll be inside smartphones, but Samsung said it plans to increase production during the first half of this year.“Smartphone enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy storage capacity comparable to a premium notebook PC, without having to pair their phones with additional memory cards,” Samsung said.That 1TB capacity is double the previous highest that the Korean firm has produced. Its newest chip gave the Galaxy Note 9 a 512GB model, which passes the terabyte milestone when a 512GB SD card is added. This new breakthrough promises to offer that without the help of a card, but the company also boasted of improved performance.Samsung said its new tech reaches speeds of up to 1,000 megabytes per second (MB/s) — that would transfer a 5GB-sized full HD video in just five seconds, as opposed to nearly one minute with conventional microSD cards. Increased memory will also enable better-quality high-resolution video shooting thanks to faster random read speed, it said.Sounds good, but might this ship before the end of the year? The Samsung rumor mill is already speculating that the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 could include a 1TB model, but at this stage there is no concrete evidence. Keep an eye out for future leaks for more hints.last_img read more