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Marcus Paige's Unprecedented Leap

Marcus Paige has become a dependable offensive force and an All-American candidate for his stellar play through the first quarter of the season. There are two explanations for why Paige surged into that sphere. One, improvement in his offensive game. And two, because he had to in order to keep the Tar Heels afloat. With those two factors, Paige has made an unprecedented second-year leap. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Chicago legends Harry Caray, Michael Jordan in Wrigley Field

Back in 1994, NBA legend Michael Jordan tried his hand at baseball, playing for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (White Sox affiliate). In true "Just Because" fashion, here's MJ being interviewed by legendary broadcaster Harry Caray in Wrigley Field in 1994. Not only that, but the video contains highlights of Jordan making hay in the Windy City Classic. (CBS Sports)

Kendall Marshall might be worth a shot for the Sixers

Kendall Marshall wasted little time in making his presence felt with the Sixers’ D-League affiliate. After being claimed mid-week, the former lottery pick debuted for Delaware with a 31 point, 10 assist, nine-rebound performance on Thursday, which he followed with a 14 point, 12 assist outing on Friday. His performances so far make you wonder if it may be worthwhile for the Sixers to give him a shot. (

Reggie Bullock injured against Cavaliers

Clippers rookie small forward Reggie Bullock suffered a sprained left ankle in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Bullock expected to be out for a while with his injury and with him joining guard J.J. Redick (broken right hand) and backup small forward Matt Barnes (left retina eye surgery) among the injured Clippers, coach Doc Rivers said the team may look into signing another player. (Los Angeles Times)

Nate Britt emerges for Tar Heels

In a passive sort of way, Nate Britt might be the key to the rest of North Carolina’s basketball season. Although the Tar Heels won’t need anything more from Britt most nights, there was nothing passive — for good or bad — about what he brought in Saturday’s 81-50 win against UNCG. (Greensboro News & Record)

Tar Heels Find Focus In Rout

As Kennedy Meeks reflected on the topsy-turvy ride this season has already been, he reasoned that all those experiences combined to make UNC ready for a game like this. Against Michigan State and Louisville, the Tar Heels learned what level of intensity translates to success. Against Belmont and UAB, they learned that the effort has to be there night in, night out. (Carolina Blue)

A Compelling Reunion

Wes Miller has a major rebuilding project in line at UNC-Greensboro, and he's doing it the Carolina Way. Using many of the same tactics he learned during his time under Williams at UNC, Miller had the Spartans playing .500 ball at 4-4 before Saturday night's 81-50 blowout. Miller admitted after the game that it was a surreal feeling for him walking into the Smith Center as the enemy. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Up-and-down Heels show no let-up against UNCG

The North Carolina team that was supposed to beat UNC Greensboro on Saturday actually showed up and handled its business with an 81-50 win over the Spartans. UNC has been up and down this season, losing against Belmont and then beating then-No. 3 Louisville, and the Tar Heels dropped one at UAB before their next game against then-No.1 Michigan State and walking off with a win. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC-UNCG Postgame Notes

Brice Johnson led five Tar Heels in double figure scoring with 14 points. Marcus Paige (12) scored in double figures for the eighth time in as many games; James Michael McAdoo (13) reached double figures for the first time in his last five contests; Nate Britt (11) has scored in double figures in each of the last two games. Kennedy Meeks had 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes. (

James Michael McAdoo breaks scoring drought

In the first 12 minutes in Saturday’s game, James Michael McAdoo’s struggles to put the ball in the basket appeared to be everlasting. But after he missed his first four shots of the game, the 6-foot-10 forward said he didn’t fall into the here-we-go-again mentality, and instead he focused on other parts of his game while waiting for the shots to come. And they eventually did. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: UNC-UNCG Game Highlights

Complete game highlights of North Carolina's 81-50 win over UNC Greensboro in Chapel Hill on Saturday. (View Video...)

Lucas: High Fives

Sometimes you write the column, but sometimes the column writes itself. And sometimes James Michael McAdoo writes it for you. That's what happened Saturday night after Carolina's 81-50 win over Wes Miller's UNC-Greensboro squad. There was something about watching the way the Tar Heels effortlessly stretched the lead against an overmatched opponent. (

In blowout of UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina returns to comforting normalcy

At the final media timeout of North Carolina’s 81-50 victory against UNC-Greensboro on Saturday night, the mood was light. Brice Johnson chatted with official Les Jones as he waited to shoot free throws. The upper deck of the Smith Center was less than half full. North Carolina had already flexed its muscle. There was nothing left to do but see how bad the final damage was. (Fayetteville Observer)

Kennedy Meeks ahead of schedule

North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks dropped nearly 40 pounds before the season began, yet he still knows quite well how to throw his weight around. The 6-foot-9, 280-pounder was at it again Saturday night with 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists in just 15 minutes of play during Carolina's 81-50 win over UNC Greensboro, which is coached by former UNC guard Wes Miller. (

Tar Heels take out UNC-G

North Carolina has displayed two vastly different teams thus far, and it wasn’t clear which would show up against UNC-G, but by the end of the first half, it was apparent that the superior UNC was in the building. Junior forward James Michael McAdoo said UNC’s eventual 81-50 slaughter of the Spartans was a much-welcomed relief in the middle of a tough schedule and equally tough final exams. (Daily Tar Heel)

Run Solidifies Victory

Following a confounding three-week stretch ripe with monumental upsets over top-five foes and head-scratching losses to mid-major squads, UNC was in desperate need of a scripted blowout that went according to plan. Both teams played their part on Saturday as the Tar Heels outmanned and outmuscled the Spartans (4-5). (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams & Player Quotes and Audio

Roy Williams: "Well it's a W. First half we were very active defensively, about as active as we've been at any time this year. I like that part of the last 8:22 they didn't score in the first half. And that was really the basketball game. I didn't like the way we started the second half but we are trying to get better every day and see if we can do some things." (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Roy Williams Post-UNCG Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams answers questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 81-50 win over UNCG Saturday. (View Video...)

Video: Marcus Paige Post-UNCG Interview

North Carolina guard Marcus Paige discusses the Tar Heels' 81-50 win over UNCG with Jones Angell following the game Saturday. (View Video...)

Defense Dominates UNCG

This time it was Wes Miller, a beloved former Tar Heel, who brought his UNC-Greensboro squad into the Dean Dome, and they were shown the door in emphatic fashion as the Tar Heels built a 30-point halftime lead on the way to an 81-50 triumph. The win was largely built around UNC's strong defensive effort in the first half, as the Tar Heels put together a 33-5 run. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

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