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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. (GoHeels.com)

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 GoHeels.com. There is no charge to listen to the UNC-Northern Iowa game on GoHeels.com (single-game subscription fees will be waived for this game). (GoHeels.com)

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. (GoHeels.com)

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)

SI's Power Rankings: Kentucky, UNC, Maryland start season 1-2-3

2. It seems like a waste of time to analyze the Tar Heels' overall offensive or defensive performances while Marcus Paige—who played 82.5% of minutes last season—recovers from his hand injury. Something promising on the individual front that's unlikely to be affected by the presence of Paige is the early play of junior center Kennedy Meeks. (Sports Illustrated)

Tar Heels roll, but could use some spark from Jackson

During the second half of No. 1 North Carolina’s 78-58 win against Wofford on Wednesday night, Theo Pinson called Justin Jackson’s name. “I knew he was in a funk,” Pinson said. “I was like, ‘Justin, you’re shooting it,’ just to give him a little confidence.” Jackson air balled the shot, a farcical example of the early season struggles of UNC’s sophomore forward. (Greensboro News & Record)

Roy Williams not worried about Justin Jackson’s shooting slump

Justin Jackson had another chilly shooting night in UNC’s 78-58 win against Wofford on Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 forward hit two of his eight shots from the field and finished with five points. This came on the heels of scoring four in the opener against Temple and 11 against Fairfield. “He’s going to be a good player, he’s had a rough stretch,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. (Fayetteville Observer)

Big guys guide Tar Heels past Wofford

North Carolina delivered the ball inside and it made a difference in turning aside visiting Wofford on Wednesday night. The top-ranked Tar Heels received efficient offense from forwards Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks, who scored 16 points apiece, in a 78-58 victory at the Smith Center. Guard Joel Berry also scored 16 points for the Tar Heels. (Burlington Times News)

Marcus Paige's injury could be blessing in disguise for North Carolina

With Marcus Paige sidelined, sophomore Joel Berry II has taken the reins at point guard for North Carolina and has logged more minutes than any other Tar Heel through the first three games. As his role has expanded, so has his production. After averaging 4.2 points per game in 2014–15, Berry has scored 14, 15 and 16 points respectively to start this season. (Sports Illustrated)

Tar Heels Amp Up Aggressiveness

On Sunday, Roy Williams implored his team to play with more fire and heart after halftime against Fairfield. On Wednesday, the adjustment was more schematic. “We realized they didn’t have any shot blockers,” sophomore wing Theo Pinson said. “Get to the paint and make plays. That’s what we did.” UNC outscored Wofford, 28-10, in the paint after halftime. (Inside Carolina)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 96
Florida State: 83
Sat, Jan 14 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Syracuse
Mon, Jan 16, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Boston College
Sat, Jan 21, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Georgia Tech86
at NC State76
Stephens (Georgia Tech) 22 pts; Smith Jr. (NC State) 31 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(20) Notre Dame5-016-2
(11) North Carolina4-116-3
(9) Florida State4-116-2
(14) Louisville3-215-3
(19) Virginia3-213-3
Georgia Tech3-211-6
(7) Duke2-314-4
Virginia Tech2-313-4
Boston College2-39-9
NC State1-412-6
Wake Forest1-410-7

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