Marcus Paige ‘never even thought of leaving’Marcus Paige has told teammates both current and future that he plans to return to North Carolina next season rather than entering the NBA draft. One day after the Tar Heels were eliminated from the NCAA tournament in a heart-breaking last-second loss to Iowa State, the sophomore point guard took to Twitter to let the world know of his decision. (Wilmington Star News)
All The Time In The WorldNate Britt needed more time, said Danny Green. Like a protective older brother, Green had hustled to beat the waves of media into Carolina’s season-ending locker room and was hunched with his arm around the freshman, almost shielding him entirely from the circling photographers. Just minutes earlier, Britt had called the “timeout that wasn’t”. (Chapelboro.com)
ACC tournament to go to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2017-18The deal is done, and the ACC tournament is coming to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for 2017 and 2018, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The ACC is expected to hold a news conference to announce the news on Wednesday. The ACC will play its conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., in 2015 and Washington, D.C., in 2016.? (USA Today)
UNC-Ohio State set for December matchup in ChicagoOhio State and North Carolina will play in one-half of a college basketball doubleheader at the United Center in Chicago in December, The Dispatch confirmed Monday night. The double-header -- the other game will be Kentucky vs. UCLA -- will be the weekend before Christmas. Coach Thad Matta mentioned the game against North Carolina during his final call-in show of the season Monday. (Columbus Dispatch)
Roy Williams Radio Show QuotesRoy Williams on the conclusion of the season: "It was probably the most emotional locker room I’ve ever had in 26 years as a head coach. It was not easy and I’ve said before, the most inadequate feeling you can ever have as a coach is what do you say to the kids in the locker room after the last game. I’m not brilliant enough to come up with anything that’s any good." (Inside Carolina)
UNC poised for more next seasonNorth Carolina used the memory of an NCAA Tournament loss in San Antonio in 2008 to catapult itself to the 2009 national title. A lot needs to happen for that scenario to repeat itself this time, but UNC coach Roy Williams was hopeful on Sunday, choosing to look back to a Final Four loss to Kansas six years ago immediately after the Tar Heels lost to Iowa State. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Marcus Paige announces return on TwitterSophomore point guard Marcus Paige will remain at North Carolina for his junior season, according to his Twitter account. "Time to move on and focus on improving this offseason. Next year has a chance to be special!" — Marcus Paige (@marcuspaige5) March 25, 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)
Roy Williams' Tar Heels close turmoil-filled seasonNothing went easily for North Carolina all season. The Tar Heels never had top player P.J. Hairston due to NCAA violations and started 1-4 in the ACC. Yet they also beat the top four teams from the preseason Top 5 and had a 12-game winning streak to return to the NCAA tournament. Maybe it was fitting then for their season to end with a strange finish. (WNCN)
Video: Roy Williams, Players Post-Iowa State Press ConferenceUNC's Roy Williams, James Michael McAdoo and Leslie McDonald speak with the media after the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament loss to Iowa State on Sunday.
Who's the ACC's Best (and Worst) Tournament CoachClearly, Roy Williams, Coach K, and Rick Pitino, are in a class by themselves. Having coached at blue blood programs means higher seeds each year, increasing the odds of accumulating a lot of points. To try to adjust for that, we weighted wins based on the seed beaten. A win over a 16 seed earns a team one point, over a 15-seed earns 2, and so on up to a 16-point jackpot for beating a one-seed. (ACC Sports Journal)
UNC's Season Ends in a WhirlwindIn an offensive heavyweight matchup between North Carolina and Iowa State, the Cyclones landed the last punch and pulled out the victory. Defensive lapses in the last two minutes and a untimely turnover ultimately cost the Heels as they exited the NCAA tournament. It brought an end to one of the more crazy and exciting UNC seasons in recent past. (Carolina Blue)
Video: UNC Basketball Team Returns to Chapel HillTar Heel fans welcomed the team back to Chapel Hill early Monday morning at 2am following the 2013-2014 season ending loss in the NCAA Tournament to Iowa State. Roy Williams and Marcus Paige addressed the crowd.
UNC’s season ends after 85-83 loss to No. 3 seed Iowa StateThere wasn’t a single locker-room eye that hadn’t been reddened by the uncompromising finality of the officials’ decision. The game was over — season over — 85-83 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament . Sunday’s duel didn’t end on a last-second shot, a heave across the court, a free throw or an in-bounds pass. It ended with instant replays, faulty clock operation and a referee’s decision. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: Marcus Paige Thanks Students Upon Return to Chapel HillNorth Carolina guard Marcus Paige thanks students who greeted the Tar Heels upon their return to Chapel Hill early Monday morning following UNC's loss to Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament.
Brice Johnson’s injury hurts UNC in lossBefore the time of North Carolina’s date with No. 3 seed Iowa State was set, news of Cyclones forward Georges Niang’s fractured foot dominated headlines Friday night. But with fewer than four minutes gone in Sunday evening’s game, another injury, this one to a player in Carolina Blue, changed the course of UNC’s 85-83 NCAA Tournament third round loss to Iowa State. (Daily Tar Heel)
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