Marcus Paige

UNC On Brink of a National Title After 83-66 Win Over Syracuse

Entering this college basketball season, the 2016 Tar Heels found themselves atop the national rankings carrying massive expectations–despite never having reached the game’s biggest stage. After the top-seeded Tar Heels’ knocked off Syracuse 83-66 in the National Semifinals on Saturday night in Houston, the team head coach Roy Williams said is his favorite of all-time is now one game from fulfilling all of its preseason promise. Ever since the start of March, after the Tar Heels beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium to clinch the ACC regular season crown, UNC has been on a death march of sorts. First...

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Marcus Paige is Ready

Marcus Paige unleashed a pretty awesome dunk at the open practice for the Final Four on Friday. Brooke Pryor of the North State Journal captured the slam and shared the video on Twitter. I don’t think this Marcus Paige dunk is getting topped pic.twitter.com/aupkBaxJR7 — Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 1, 2016 Pretty sweet, right? It might remind you of another Tar Heel? So, that is an unfair comparison.  But, remember that Vince Carter is six feet six inches tall.  Paige is six feet one inch tall. Paige seems to be peaking at just the right time for the Tar...

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Tar Heels Excited To See “Second Half Marcus” Again

Over his first three years at UNC, Marcus Paige earned the nickname “Second Half Marcus” because of his propensity to score points when the Tar Heels needed it most. But there were times this season, no matter the half, he just couldn’t get it going. “Throughout the middle of the year I kind of let my shot halt the rest of my game,” he said. “I was too worried. Too much thinking about whether I was making field goals or what my percentage was and all that stuff.” In a five game stretch this season, Paige shot 4-30 from three....

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Final Four Bound! UNC’s Win Over Notre Dame Provides Much-Needed Relief

After his team’s 88-74 victory in Philadelphia over No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the East Regional Final on Sunday night—it’s safe to say that UNC head coach Roy Williams might finally be able to get some sleep. His top-seeded Tar Heels are headed to the Final Four for the first time since 2009. The last four years have been a long–often draining–journey for Williams and his team, as they’ve dealt with issues both on and off the court. Despite not having won a championship of any kind entering the year, this group of Tar Heels—led by seniors Brice Johnson...

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Vintage Paige Lifts UNC Past Indiana, Into Elite Eight

Marcus Paige had a certain, hyper-focused look in his eye on Friday night in the Tar Heels’ Sweet 16 game against Indiana—the look of a senior determined to keep his college career alive. He went on to then score 21 points–with a season-high six three-pointers–while dishing out six assists as top-seeded UNC demolished the fourth-seeded Hoosiers 101-86 in Philadelphia–advancing to face Notre Dame in the Elite Eight on Sunday. The story heading into the night was that Indiana (27-8), which won the Big Ten regular season title while shooting over 40 percent from three-point range as a team, was...

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On to the Sweet 16: Tar Heels Blast Providence, 85-66

Late in the first half of Saturday night’s NCAA Tournament second round matchup in Raleigh between top-seeded UNC and No. 9 seed Providence, Tar Heel forward Brice Johnson flexed and roared after swatting an opponent’s shot into orbit. The teams were tied at the time, but UNC used its superior depth to flex and roar to a 85-66 victory the rest of the way—advancing to the Sweet 16. Led by Johnson’s 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Tar Heels had five players score at least 12 points. That proved to be much more than enough to pull away from...

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UNC Facing Tough Task in Providence in Round of 32

No. 1 seed UNC will enter Saturday night’s round of 32 matchup against Providence as near double-digit favorites to come away with a win, but the Tar Heel players and coach Roy Williams said on Friday they know how tough of a matchup the Friars will pose. No. 9 Providence, coming off of a 70-69 first round win over No. 8 Southern California, is led by two of the premiere players in the Big East Conference this season, junior guard Kris Dunn and sophomore big man Ben Bentil. Dunn came into the season as the clear leader of the...

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Marcus Paige Finalist for Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Athlete of the Year

UNC men’s basketball guard Marcus Paige has been named one of the four finalists for the 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award from Diverse Magazine in partnership with the NCAA Office of Inclusion. Paige, a Media and Journalism and History double major, and University of Kentucky forward Alex Poythress shared the award at the men’s collegiate basketball level. Paige and Poythress, who is a Marketing major at UK, are joined by Corey Brown and Paul Pitts III as the four finalists for the male athlete of the year award. Brown is a soccer...

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Tar Heels Survive Early Scare From FGCU, Advance in NCAA Tourney

Entering the NCAA Tournament as one of the favorites to win it all, the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels kept their national title quest alive Thursday night with an 83-67 win in Raleigh over the No. 16-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles–a blowout that initially had the makings of a historic upset. Top seeds were 124-0 in first round games coming into the day. UNC head coach Roy Williams had won 25 times in the first round without a loss. However, Florida Gulf Coast closed the first half on a 22-11 run, trailing the Tar Heels just 41-40 at the break....

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Paige: Tournament is ‘Chance to be Remembered’

North Carolina is a number one seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and will take on No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday night. A 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1, but Carolina head coach Roy Williams remembers a few times these games have been a little too close for comfort. “There’s always the expectation that a one [seed] can lose to a 16 [seed],” Williams said at his press conference on Wednesday. “And I think we probably came as close as anybody a long time ago, I think it was 2002, when I...

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