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Tale of the Tape: UNC-Maryland

Numbers wise this is a fairly even match-up. UNC comes out ahead in both efficiency categories but Maryland has largely been a better shooting team from inside and outside the arc. Maryland eFG% of 60% is seventh nationally and the 2P% of 62.8 is third. As a team Maryland is a decent three point shooting team. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC experience molded Phil Ford’s life

Plenty of college coaches had visited Phil Ford’s home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, trying to recruit the talented point guard. But when University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith came knocking, something was different. Other coaches told Ford what position he would play and how he would fit into their system. Coach Smith didn’t immediately address those issues. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Maryland basketball ready to take another crack at North Carolina

Maryland and North Carolina have a long, mostly bad-for-Maryland history. The Terrapins are 57-122 against the Heels all-time. Nobody on Maryland's current roster has ever beaten this program, except for Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon. "I've never beaten them. Coach Turgeon hasn't," senior forward Jake Layman said. "So I think that kind of adds a little bit more intensity to the game." (Testudo Times)

Turning the Paige: Tar Heels' star guard not ready to leave UNC without hardware

A 6-1 guard, Marcus Paige has become one of the finest student-athletes in UNC basketball history, only the third Tar Heel and second under Roy Williams to twice be named to the academic All-America team. Paige also has faced persistent derision from opposing fans. He has handled frequent questions from reporters about how the scandal has impacted him. (Sporting News)

Warriors’ Harrison Barnes itches to return, but ankle not ready

Harrison Barnes watched Monday’s shootaround with his sprained left ankle stretched out in front of him and his crutches resting beside him. As practice came to a close and his Warriors teammates separated for individual workouts, Barnes sneaked onto the far end of the court and stared up at the basket. The fourth-year forward is already itching to get back onto the floor. (San Francisco Gate)

Season really begins tonight for UNC and Marcus Paige

The relative struggles in November extended beyond the absence of Marcus Paige, so it's foolish to believe his presence will be a cure-all for North Carolina. Win or lose against the Terrapins, with a standout or subpar performance from Paige, it's time to see if this experienced, talented club has improved enough to merit serious consideration as a national championship contender. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams: "Marcus will start"

Less than 10 seconds into his press conference on Monday UNC head coach Roy Williams revealed a change in UNC's starting lineup. "Well Marcus will start," Williams stated. "If he has a good practice today and feels good, he will start. I think he has earned that over three years. I am not 100% sure who's place he will take, more than likely Theo's, but that could change, too." (Carolina Blue)

Previewing Maryland

No. 9 North Carolina welcomes Marcus Paige back to the lineup for a top-10 matchup with No. 2 Maryland in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 9:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN. Maryland enters Tuesday’s contest with a 6-0 record. The Terrapins have won four home games by an average of 13 points per contest. (Inside Carolina)

Marcus Paige makes Maryland-North Carolina epic again

Now that Paige is back, a monster of a Tuesday night has officially been restored. In an 18-day-old season already defined by chaos and change, Maryland vs. North Carolina suddenly promises to be every bit the epic we expected one month ago. (

Charlotte Hornets’ Tyler Hansbrough brings something extra to the game

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he’d be reluctant at that juncture to insert some players who had not played earlier. But with Tyler Hansbrough, he didn’t worry. Hansbrough will give you what he always gives you. Send him out and watch him go — and go, and go. "He’s always ready," Hornets’ guard Kemba Walker says. (Charlotte Observer)

Video: Rasheed Wallace drains two one-handed shots at same time in Smith Center

As Rasheed Wallace says, "Ball don't lie." Or, in this case, both balls don't lie. Even at 41 years old, 'Sheed is still getting buckets. The former Tar Heel was back at Chapel Hill hitting shots with both hands — at the same time. How does Wallace do it? Why does Brandon Jennings have this video? Why are we all here? No need to answer any of those questions. Just enjoy Rasheed Wallace. (Sporting News)

Marcus Paige expected to play vs. No. 2 Maryland after injury

North Carolina says senior guard Marcus Paige is expected to return from a right hand injury for Tuesday night's game against No. 2 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The school issued a news release Monday announcing Paige's likely return for the No. 9 Tar Heels, though Paige still had to practice later in the afternoon without a setback. (Associated Press)

Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson Pre-Maryland Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, and Justin Jackson address the media prior to the Tar Heels' Tuesday matchup with Maryland. View Video...

Marcus Paige Expected To Play Against Maryland

UNC guard Marcus Paige is expected to play Tuesday against Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Paige has missed the Tar Heels’ first six games this season due to a fracture in his right hand, an injury he suffered in practice on November 3rd. Paige’s return is subject to his going through UNC’s practice later on Monday without aggravating the injury. (

Video: Marcus Paige Returns

UNC's Marcus Paige is ready to see action for the first time this season after recovering from a broken bone in his right hand. His first game back will be against Maryland in the B1G/ACC Challenge on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 in Chapel Hill. View Video...

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#8 UNC85
at Pitt67
Jackson (UNC) 23 pts; Young (Pitt) 17 pts;
#10 Duke50
at Miami55
Jackson (Duke) 16 pts; Brown (Miami) 25 pts;
#18 UVA70
at NC State55
Perrantes (UVA) 16 pts; Abu (NC State) 12 pts;
#19 FSU76
at Clemson74
Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 15 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 24 pts;
Virginia Tech91
at Boston College75
Robinson (Virginia Tech) 13 pts; Robinson (Boston College) 25 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20

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