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Despite early injury, UNC's Paige looks for big senior season

He honestly thought he’d be playing Saturday afternoon. That always was the goal for Marcus Paige. North Carolina put a road game at Northern Iowa on its basketball schedule to salute the senior point guard from Linn-Mar. It’s Tar Heels tradition. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Big name, same game for Northern Iowa

It will be one game just like all the rest. It will also be unlike any other game played in the history of men's basketball at Northern Iowa. Saturday at 1 p.m., UNI will host No. 1 North Carolina at the McLeod Center. The Tar Heels will be the highest-ranked team to play a game on the Panthers' home court. Eighteen years ago, the Panthers beat Iowa when it stood 10th. Last season, Ben Jacobson's team knocked off No. 4 Wichita State at the McLeod Center. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

Northern Iowa ready for the North Carolina mystique

The North Carolina mystique is real. Paul Jesperson felt it when he played the Tar Heels as a member of the Virginia men’s basketball team. And he hopes his current Northern Iowa teammates can benefit from that experience when coach Roy Williams and company enter the McLeod Center for Saturday’s 1 p.m. showdown. “The first time I played them I was like, ‘Wow, I used to sit in my living room and watch these guys,' ” said (Des Moines Register)

Know Your Opponent: Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa has established itself as one of the top mid-major programs in college basketball under 10th-year head coach Ben Jacobson, and the Panthers show no signs of letting up. Last year saw UNI rise into the AP top 10 for the first time on the way to a 31-4 finish and a program-best No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament. (

Paige's homecoming comes with questions

The reason top-ranked North Carolina is playing men’s basketball Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa, is because of senior guard Marcus Paige. But Paige isn’t expected to play based on a broken bone in his right hand suffered during the preseason, even though he targeted this game as a return date. (Burlington Times-News)

Tar Heels Leaning On The Bigs

Once again this year, the Tar Heels will be anything but a team that lives and dies on shots beyond the arc. Between Roy Williams’ inside-out philosophy and lack of depth on the wing, UNC is built to get a lot of its points in the paint. The Heels’ 78-58 win over Wofford on Wednesday night was a perfect example of that. (Today's U)

Preview & Prediction: #1 UNC at Northern Iowa

This game is the first of three straight away from Chapel Hill for UNC and the warm-up before the Tar Heels play back-to-back days in Kansas City. It can be a bit of a trap game much like playing Davidson before UNC went to the Bahamas last season. The Tar Heels handled that game well, so a result along those lines would be ideal. Prediction: UNC 81 Northern Iowa 71 (Tar Heel Blog)

Berry mostly on point in Paige’s absence for UNC

If Joel Berry II was overwhelmed by his new role, it would be understandable. He isn’t, even though he’s gone from a reserve who didn’t crack the starting lineup once during his freshman season to starting on a No. 1-ranked North Carolina team. And, with the injury to senior Marcus Paige, he’s also been elevated to a bit of a leadership role since he’s the point guard. (Raleigh & Company)

Tar Heels Visit Northern Iowa On Saturday

UNC will play its first road game of the season when it visits Northern Iowa on Saturday at the McLeod Center. It will be the first meeting between the Tar Heels and the Panthers. Tipoff is scheduled for just after 2 p.m. Eastern Time in the McLeod Center. The game is a homecoming for Iowa native and Tar Heel senior Marcus Paige, a product of Linn-Mar High School in his hometown of Marion. (

Previewing Northern Iowa

No. 1 North Carolina travels to Iowa for Marcus Paige’s homecoming game in Cedar Falls against Northern Iowa on Saturday. Tip-off at the McLeod Center is at 2 p.m. EST and can viewed online at ESPN3. Northern Iowa enters Saturday’s contest with a 1-1 record. Head coach Ben Jacobson’s squad dropped its opener to Colorado State, 84-78, before topping Stephen F. Austin, 70-60. (Inside Carolina)

How To Watch & Listen to UNC vs Northern Iowa

The No. 1-ranked UNC men’s basketball team will tip off at Northern Iowa at 2 p.m. Eastern. Due to the overlap in basketball and football game times, Dave Nathan and Eric Montross will provide the “radio” call of the men’s basketball game on There is no charge to listen to the UNC-Northern Iowa game on (single-game subscription fees will be waived for this game). (

Lucas: Iowa Prepares To Welcome Paige

When Marcus Paige was just an eighth grader, he received his first college basketball scholarship offer—from the University of Northern Iowa, approximately an hour from his home in Marion. Eight years later, he’ll return to Iowa as his Tar Heels face the Panthers Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. Paige’s status is uncertain as he recovers from a broken hand, but that hasn’t slowed the dozens of ticket requests. (

Marcus Paige to miss own homecoming game at UNI

One cool UNC tradition that's being carried on by coach Roy Williams is scheduling games in places the Tar Heels would not normally visit simply to give a player an opportunity to compete near his hometown. That's why the Tar Heels are playing at Northern Iowa on Saturday -- so that Marcus Paige, from nearby Marion, can have a homecoming game. The only problem? Paige is hurt and will not play. (CBS Sports)

UNC at Northern Iowa, three to know preview

The game was arranged as a chance for UNC senior Marcus Paige, who will be sidelined as he recovers from a hand injury, to play about an hour northwest of his Marion, Iowa, hometown. Redshirt senior guard Matt Bohannon, who ranks third on UNI's team with a 16.0 scoring average, played in the same Linn-Mar High School backcourt with Paige. UNI's McLeod Center has a seating capacity of 6,650. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Northern Iowa

UNC's numbers are largely where one would expect them to be, maybe even a little better given Marcus Paige has yet to play a game this season. Northern Iowa is two games into the season so any potential trends here might be short lived. One that might not be is 3PA/FGA. 46% of the Panthers' field goal attempts have been threes, and they are making 38.3% of them. (Tar Heel Blog)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
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Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #18 UVA48
Murphy (Miami) 10 pts; Wilkins (UVA) 10 pts;
Boston College72
at #19 FSU104
Bowman (Boston College) 24 pts; Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 7 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-139-19

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