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Kendall Marshall putting up huge assist numbers as starter
As a starter for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kendall Marshall is averaging 13.4 points and 12.4 assists in eight games. In comparison, Clippers point guard Chris Paul is leading the league with 11.2 assists a night through 34 games. Marshall has three games with 15 assists or more, joining Nick Van Exel and Magic Johnson as the only Lakers players over the last 25 years to achieve that mark.
Paige, McAdoo spur UNC to win against Eagles
It was Marcus Paige and James Michael McAdoo who set the example for UNC early in Saturday’s win, and it didn’t take long for the rest of the Tar Heels to match their energy. Combined, the duo scored 25 of UNC’s 36 first-half points, giving UNC a shot in the arm. In all, UNC shot 53 percent for the game — better shooting that coach Roy Williams attributed to the stars and moon aligning.
Tar Heels back on winning track after taking down B.C.
UNC shot better than 50 percent in each half and never trailed after the first four minutes, eventually pulling away for an 82-71 win over the Eagles at the Smith Center. Marcus Paige (21 points) led five players in double figures as the Tar Heels avoided their first-ever 0-4 start in the ACC. “We are just very, very pleased, relieved — you can put any adjective that you want to in there,” Roy Williams said.
Dexter Strickland signs with Idaho of the NBDL
Idaho claimed 6-foot-3 guard Dexter Strickland from the available-player pool. Strickland played four seasons with the Tar Heels from 2009 to 2013 and was a member of two teams that advanced to the Elite Eight. Strickland was not selected in the 2013 NBA Draft, but he later played in the summer league with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Tyler Hansbrough Brings Experience, Toughness To Raptors
After four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Tyler Hansbrough was forced to find a new team this past offseason. The Pacers rescinded their $4.1 million qualifying offer to Hansbrough on July 2, making him an unrestricted free agent. The move came in the wake of Indiana re-signing David West to a three-year contract.
Tar Heels Have Winning Mindset
“Winless in the ACC” is not a phrase North Carolina Basketball is familiar with. Beating Boston College was much-needed relief for a team struggling to find its way. For much of Saturday, another loss to a bottom-tier conference team loomed possible. An early 10-point lead evaporated and while Boston College never managed to take the lead, the Eagles kept the Heels within a shooter’s distance.
Lucas: The Running Man
Consider that Kennedy Meeks had all ten of his points and all six of his rebounds in his 13 second-half minutes. And most tellingly, those 13 minutes were consecutive, as the man who once struggled to get up and down the court more than twice played the final 13 minutes of the game without ever once flashing the tired signal.
Balancing Act for UNC vs. BC
Perhaps unwittingly, Marcus Paige gave the blueprint for a North Carolina win following Saturday’s game against Boston College. “I think it starts with myself and James Michael (McAdoo) being aggressive, then everything else really opens up,” Paige said. “To have those other guys step up and provide a spark in the scoring column is what we really need.”
Video: Kennedy Meeks Post-Boston College Interview
North Carolina freshman center Kennedy Meeks was one of five Tar Heels who scored in double figures in the Tar Heels first ACC win of the season against Boston College.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 82 Boston College 71
While the offense was in a much better place, the defense took a notable turn for the worse. After doing a decent job through three ACC games of keeping opposing three point shooting largely in check, the Eagles hit 6-11 from three in the first half and went 11-23 for the balance of the game. Most of the open looks came from Boston College driving into the lane and creating open looks.
Video: UNC-Boston College Game Highlights
Complete game highlights from North Carolina's 82-71 win over Boston College Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Roy Williams Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "Well there's a better feeling in that locker room, there's no question. Boston College is really a hard team to play, they're very well coached. They're kids do the things that Steve [Donahue] asks them to do and make those threes, they're hard to guard like that. They're good ball-handlers, they put the ball on the floor and break you down. And yet, at times we were really good."
Change Up In UNC's Starting Lineup
Zero-for-three in the ACC speaks for itself. But with a week break and last place Boston College coming to the Smith Center, Roy Williams made changes to the starting lineup and, in the end, his Tar Heels earned the 82-71 win.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Boston College Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams discusses how his team improved to earn its first ACC victory of the season, an 82-71 win over Boston College in Chapel Hill on Saturday.
UNC beats BC 82-71, avoids 1st 0-4 start in ACC
Marcus Paige scored 21 points and North Carolina beat Boston College 82-71 on Saturday for its first ACC victory of the season. James Michael McAdoo added 17 points for the Tar Heels (11-6, 1-3). They shot nearly 53 percent in their highest-scoring ACC game of the season and avoided the first 0-4 start to conference play in the program's proud history.