Found November 07, 2013 on
The Preview: Oakland at North Carolina
Tomorrow night at the Dean Dome, tip off at 9:00 p.m. EST, #11/#12 North Carolina will begin their basketball season as they host Oakland. And while there is still uncertainty, both from the NCAA and their ruling on P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald and on the line up with who will be the starting center, many believe this will be a better season than last.
This is the first game for both the Tar Heels and the Golden Grizzlies, and as it is a lot of times with the first games of the season, it’s a lot less about the opposition and a lot more about what head coach Roy Williams’ squad can do.
The back court is a lot more shakier for Carolina than the front court at this point. With the absence of the two above mentioned players, it’s going to be freshman Nate Britt at the point and Marcus Paige moving from the floor general slot to the off guard. It is going to be very interesting how the duo will do in real game situation. Their overall chemistr...
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Once again rumors are flying around about P.J. Hairston, who was pulled out of yesterday’s practice, meaning that the college web boards are buzzing like a swarm of bees. Stories about the guard have been flying around on so many web boards, be it North Carolina ones, as well as the usual ABC’ers like NC State and Kentucky, that the shooting guard is done for this season.
And so the drama year begins. The North Carolina basketball season is about to tip off the season and there is no word yet from the NCAA about either P.J. Hairston or Leslie McDonald. The only thing that is certain is that neither of the players will play tomorrow night at the Dean Dome when UNC starts its season against Oakland.
You can check out the press conference here.
A bit of new information on P.J. Hairston's case from USA Today's Eric Prisbell. Trudy Faulcon, who is the mother of Miykael Faulcon, the Elizabeth City State basketball player who was arrested with P.J. Hairston on June 5th, says she told the NCAA about the number of times she witnessed the North Carolina junior driving rented cars.
Faulcon's account to the NCAA alleges...
North Carolina won't have leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior Leslie McDonald for the No. 12 Tar Heels' opener against Oakland on Friday due to NCAA eligibility concerns.
Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said the review is ongoing and didn't elaborate further.
Authorities twice cited Hairston during the offseason while driving a rental vehicle linked to a felon, raising...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – As the calendar prepares for one last turn ahead of North Carolina’s season opener against Oakland, it has become apparent that the P.J. Hairston decision is no longer in Roy Williams's hands.
G Marcus Paige, Sophomore, 6-1, 175 lbs
It is only fitting that the last player profiled for the upcoming season is Marcus Paige. While Paige may not be the name that comes to mind first when people talk about the "best" player on the team, a very strong argument can be made that no player will be more important in determining what type of season this ultimately becomes...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – With its depleted roster, Marcus Paige accounted for 92 percent of No. 12 North Carolina’s returning made 3-pointers entering Friday’s season opener against Oakland. The sophomore guard tied his career high with four 3-pointers in scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The rule remains at UNC that freshmen can't talk to the media until after their first game. So, following Friday's season opener, Nate Britt, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks gave their first interviews as Tar Heels ...