UNC Drops First Exhibition Game in the Bahamas

Okay, everybody panic! UNC dropped the first of two exhibition games in the Bahamas, losing to the Providence Storm 84-83 in a manner eerily similar to the way the Heels lost to Belmont last November.  Here is a short recap via UNC: Ernest Saunders dropped in a three-pointer from the right wing with 18.1 seconds to play to cap a 14-5 run and give the Providence (Bahamas) Storm...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

College Coaches Like Marcus Paige

In yet another one of those CBS Sports informal polls of college coaches, several were asked which Division I player they would you pick. UNC guard Marcus Paige got 10% of the vote. Today's question: If you could pick any Division I player and put him on your team for this season, which Division I player would you pick? Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin): 17 percent Jahlil Okafor ...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Paige returns for 2014-15 more relaxed, confident

Marcus Paige hasn't been back home to Cedar Rapids, Iowa very much in the off-season. But when he has, people have been careful to not to mention the way the Tar Heels' last season ended -- an 85-83 loss to the No. 3 seed Iowa State in the third round of the Tournament. "One of my best friends goes (to Iowa State), and he still doesn't say too much to me about it...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Paige is the best guard in the country

Mike DeCourcy ranked junior Marcus Paige as the best point guard in the country however Paige in my opinion is the best guard in the country whether it is at the one or two.  When North Carolina lost PJ Hairston for the 2013-2014 season Marcus Paige knew he had to be aggressive offensively.  North Carolina’s lack of perimeter scoring forced Paige to spend a lot of time playing...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Paige Laughs After Hearing ESPN Ranked Roy Williams As The 16th Best Coach

In the college basketball offseason, there often isn’t a ton to write about – online publications (ourselves included) have to get creative in order to keep traffic consistent. Even the big players, like, will come out with list-type articles that attempt to rank teams, recruits, current players or even coaches. The Worldwide Leader released one such post over the last...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

P.J. Hairston Still A Part Of North Carolina Basketball Family, Playing Pickup With Tar Heels In Chapel Hill Today

P.J. Hairston was dismissed from the North Carolina basketball program in 2013 following a a high-profile investigation that placed the shooting guard’s eligibility at risk.  The 6-foot-5 sharpshooter apparently still remains a part of the Tar Heels’ basketball family, though.  Hairston was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of last week’s NBA Draft, allowing...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Paige Supports Former Teammate: ‘I’m officially a Hornets fan! All day #FreePJ’

Over the past year and a half, P.J. Hairston’s basketball career has taken him from North Carolina to Texas to back to North Carolina. The shooting guard was dismissed from the Tar Heels’ program in 2013 following an arrest. Hairston spent the 2013-14 season playing for the Texas Legends of the NBA Developmental League. Tonight, the Charlotte Hornets selected the sharpshooter...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: UNC's Marcus Paige catches Nate Britt napping

Marcus Paige is one of college basketball’s best point guards. The North Carolina rising sophomore averaged 17.5 points and 4.2 assists per game during the 2013-14 season.  He also appears to have a pretty good sense of humor. North Carolina is currently running a basketball camp, and Paige caught fellow point guard Nate Britt sleeping on the job Britt, as a freshman for the...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina PG Marcus Paige Jokes About NBA Ref Joey Crawford

Ask any casual NBA fan to start rattling off names of league referees and they’ll likely go silent after saying one: Joey Crawford.  Referees aren’t supposed to be notable figures, but the 62-year-old Crawford has found himself at the center of controversy on numerous occasions, most famously, perhaps, when he tossed Tim Duncan from a game because the Spurs’ star was laughing...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina Point Guard Marcus Paige Trolls A Duke Fan On Twitter With Children’s Book Reference

There are not a lot of negatives to being a star collegiate athlete, but dealing with fans of opposing teams on Twitter is one of them. Marcus Paige was mocked by a Duke fan on Twitter earlier Thursday, and the North Carolina star point guard’s response to the troller is as good as it gets.  @marcuspaige5 I bet it is awesome…no class……EVER — Private (@Jasonwfan22) April...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC’s Roy Williams Dancing to ‘Happy’ (Video)

Roy Williams dances exactly how you thought he would. Here is North Carolina’s Head Coach getting his groove on to Pharrell’s Happy. Marcus Paige got some help from other coaches at UNC to make this video of all these people dancing to Happy. I was waiting on him to break out “the robot”
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Paige speaks to UNC trustees about student-athletes

In a bit of a pushback against the ongoing media narrative concerning UNC's athletics and academics, several Tar Heel athletes along with athletic director Bubba Cunningham addressed the Board of Trustees regarding that subject on Thursday. One of the participating athletes was Tar Heel basketball player Marcus Paige. Video via the News and Observer Bubba Cunningham Marcus Paige...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC’s Marcus Paige Announced He Will Return for His Junior Season

North Carolina star Marcus Paige announced via Twitter that he will forego the NBA draft this year and instead will be returning to school next year for his junior season, sort of. Time to move on and focus on improving this offseason. Next year has a chance to be special! — Marcus Paige (@marcuspaige5) March 25, 2014 Some are arguing that this was a generic tweet about UNC basketball...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC standout Marcus Paige confirms he will return for junior season

North Carolina star Marcus Paige confirmed via Twitter on Monday that he will return to Chapel Hill for his junior season rather than make himself available for the NBA Draft. Paige averaged 17.5 points and 4.2 assists this season. He led the Tar Heels to 24 wins and the NCAA Tournament, where they lost 85-83 to Iowa State on Sunday in the Round of 32. Paige's decision means...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC’s Marcus Paige Announces On Twitter That He’ll Return For His Junior Year

North Carolina sophomore guard Marcus Paige was easily one of the most improved players in all of college basketball this past season. Paige, who more than doubled his scoring average this season to 17.5 points per game, single-handedly kept the Tar Heels in numerous games, helping resurrect a team that struggled to play consistent basketball for the first half of the year. But unlike...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Paige’s Sister Posts Heartfelt Message About Her Brother After UNC’s Loss

The North Carolina Tar Heels, like many of their ACC colleagues, won’t be marching onto the Sweet 16 this season after falling to Iowa State in an absolutely incredible game Sunday afternoon. But it’s not for the lack of effort by sophomore guard Marcus Paige. Paige, who more than doubled his scoring average this past season, repeatedly put the team on his back during a year...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Paige Standing Tall

SAN ANTONIO – Marcus Paige sat tucked away in a corner of the locker room moments following North Carolina’s season-ending loss to Iowa State, trying to hold back tears but failing, as he sought to accept blame for the third-round exit.
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Paige Pulls Through As North Carolina Holds On

The North Carolina Tar Heels survived their toughest task of the season on Friday night, as they rallied late to overcome a tough Providence Friars team that did not deserve to lose in such a fashion. What was supposed to be a one-way encounter on paper turned out to be one of the closest and most exciting finishes of the NCAA Tournament so far. North Carolina has had possibly one...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina Basketball: UNC vs Providence

The Road to the Final Four begins tonight for UNC The graphic is done by … Samuel Wilking … more of his work can be seen at …  Tar Heel Nation For Carolina it’s time to put away the ups and downs of the regular season. For the Tar Heels it is the moment to forget the early exit from the post season conference tournament. It is now time to focus on what is the true “survive...
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Paige, UNC look to put best foot forward in NCAA tourney

Last weekend, North Carolina was potentially a win away from a No. 5 seed, perhaps 1-2 wins away from being seeded even higher. But a Friday loss to Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals leaves the Tar Heels on a two-game losing streak and searching for answers without a lot of time to find them. The answer, though, really lies right in front of them. "The biggest...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Paige, UNC look to put best foot forward in NCAA tourney

Last weekend, North Carolina was potentially a win away from a No. 5 seed, perhaps 1-2 wins away from being seeded even higher. But a Friday loss to Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals leaves the Tar Heels on a two-game losing streak and searching for answers without a lot of time to find them. The answer, though, really lies right in front of them. "The biggest thing...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina's Marcus Paige looks toward possible NCAA showdown vs. ISU

The bracket had barely hit the television screen Sunday evening when Marcus Paige’s cellphone lit up. Immediately, his buddies did something coaches preach against: They looked ahead to a potential Sunday game between North Carolina, Paige’s team, and Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional in San Antonio, Texas. “Half my high school (is) Iowa...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC: Roy Williams and Marcus Paige Meet the Media

UNC head coach Roy Williams and sophomore guard Marcus Paige met with the media on Tuesday to discuss UNC's upcoming round of 64 game against the #11 seeded Providence Friars. Williams indicated that UNC had had one of their best practices of the season and there has been a lot focus on rebounding. As noted here, the Tar Heels have seen their offensive rebounding rate suffer...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Paige Will Decide How Far The Tar Heels Go

Amidst the departure of P.J. Hairston (off the court), Dexter Strickland (senior), and Reggie Bullock (draft), the North Carolina Tar Heels foundation was being eradicated. Prior to last season Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Tyler Zeller, and Kendall Marshall decided to forgo their remaining seasons and […] The post Marcus Paige Will Decide How Far The Tar Heels Go appeared first...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt defeats North Carolina to advance to ACC semifinals

With a 20-point lead late in the second half, Pitt was preparing to put its John Hancock on North Carolina. Before the ink could dry on Pitt's first signature win of the season, the Tar Heels used a frantic full-court press and Marcus Paige's hot hand to put the Panthers in a familiar position. This time, despite spotty free-throw shooting, Pitt held onto a single-digit...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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