If all Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams needed to worry about lately was basketball, that would have been plenty.
Could he generate enough offense to help the defense-first Orange get to the Final Four?
Could he take advantage of the NCAA tournament spotlight to improve NBA teams' opinions of him?
There also was this on Carter-Williams' mind, though: His family home in Massachusetts was hit by a fire last weekend.
''When I'm on the court, or when I'm in practice, all my focus is on my teammates and the team,'' the sophomore said. ''Outside of basketball, I think I can just be there for my family as much as I can. But when it comes time for basketball, everything else is kind of irrelevant. I'm just focused on the team.''
Carter-Williams did a terrific job of dealing with one thing at a time, so much so that he was chosen as the top player in the East Regional for helping No. 4 seed Syracuse beat No. 1 seed Indiana, then No. 3 seed Marquette, to make it to the Final ...