In wake of personal tragedy, Michael Carter-Williams shines with his best game yet

It's the signature of a special talent, a championship caliber player.

On the heels of his family's Massachusetts home burning down last week, a total loss, Michael Carter-Williams didn't show signs of being distraught or even distracted during Thursday's Sweet 16 game.

All he showed, was dominance.

The Syracuse sophomore, and future NBA lottery pick, scored 24 points to go along with 6 rebounds and four steals.

With and ever-present smile on his mother's face.

His step-father even told Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports "We needed this badly"

I asked Carter-Williams if the win just a little more special, given the events of the last week.

"It makes it way more special. To see a smile on my mom's face and to see her jumping for joy and happy was just awesome, and it couldn't be better timing" Carter-Williams replied.

Jim Boeheim had high praise for MCW, but especially with what he was dealing with.

"Obviously happy that no one got hurt. Happy that his mom and dad and his siblings are â??â?? their uncle is helping them, they've got a place to live. They have insurance. I think that will work itself out. This was the best he's played all year. He was tremendous tonight, he was the difference in the game on offense, clearly" Boeheim said after the game.

Next up for Carter-Williams and the Orange is a rematch with Marquette and the winner goes to the Final Four.

Safe to say, if Syracuse can in fact earn that victory, it would help, just a little, to ease the pain of Carter-Williams' family and provide them with something to cheer about in a time of need.