Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson Named to All-ACC Third TeamTar Heel juniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson were named to the All-ACC Third Team in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, the ACC has announced. Paige, who was a first team selection last season, had 97 points including four first team votes. Johnson had 40 points and was the final member of the third team. UNC sophomore Kennedy Meeks was Honorable Mention with 10 points. (Tar Heel Blog)
Tar Heel usher dyes beard Carolina blue, because Duke-UNCDon't even come up to this usher if you're a Duke fan in the Dean Dome tonight. He will not point you to your seats. This is UNC's super fan usher and he doesn't care who knows. That's why he dyed his beard the perfect shade of Carolina blue just for the heated Duke-UNC game on Saturday night. It's strangely beautiful. (Sporting News)
Familiar Script for Tar HeelsThere’s a thin line between the elite and the just good of college basketball. North Carolina has long been on the right side of that divide. Games like Saturday’s loss to No. 3 Duke, however, provide insight into the minutiae that separate the haves and have-nots. Good teams, such as this UNC edition, don’t have much, if any, margin of error against elite teams like Duke, Virginia and Kentucky. (Inside Carolina)
Failure Of Focus Costs UNC In Loss To DukeThe collapse didn’t happen as quickly this time, but that didn't make it any less painful. After closing convincingly in a win against Miami on the last day of February, they were sure that their late-game terrors were dispelled. Now, as they head into a postseason that begins on Wednesday as the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament, they’re still seeking a way to become a complete team. (Carolina Blue)
Lucas: Sun Comes UpThe bottom line is that Saturday night was awful, really, and I hope you never have to experience it ever in your whole life, except that if we’re lucky we’ll get to do it again next year. There will be parts we can't watch and parts that make us scream and yell for all the wrong and right reasons and it will take years off our lives, probably, except for the parts where it incredibly enriches our lives. I really can’t wait. (GoHeels.com)
Pregame warmth turns feisty on the courtAs much as the moment of silence to honor Dean Smith at Cameron Indoor Stadium and the Smith Center ceremony to recognize Coach K for reaching 1,000 career wins brought the two programs together, the players tried to rip each other apart as soon as the opening tip was held. The Tar Heels let a chance at an upset in Durham slip away, and the rematch was much more of a physical encounter. (Fayetteville Observer)
Tar Heels Lose Edge in PostNo. 19 North Carolina’s plan to replicate its sizable post scoring differential from the first meeting with No. 3 Duke fizzled out in Saturday’s 84-77 loss. This time around Duke was the team capitalizing in the paint with a 32-28 advantage. “They were more aggressive driving the ball to the basket,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporters following the game. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Marcus Paige Post-Duke InterviewNorth Carolina guard Marcus Paige answered questions following the Tar Heels' loss to Duke on March 7th, 2015.
UNC-Duke Postgame NotesCarolina falls to 21-10 overall, 11-7 in the ACC and 10-5 at home this year. UNC is the #5 seed in the ACC Tournament next week in Greensboro. The Tar Heels play on Wednesday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. versus the winner of Tuesday’s Boston College-Georgia Tech game. Marcus Paige led Carolina with 23 points, which matches his season scoring high. He also had 23 in a win at NC State. (GoHeels.com)
Recap & Analysis: Duke 84 UNC 77It wasn't about effort, want to or any other inane notions people like to come up with. It was a UNC team which simply struggles to execute offensively at times falling prey to a good offensive team that the Tar Heels couldn't string together stops against when it counted. The result was Duke's third straight win over UNC, an 84-77 victory on Senior Night. (Tar Heel Blog)
Roy Williams Post-Duke QuotesRoy Williams: "Tired of saying this, but congratulate Duke. They did some really good things. Tyus 12-12 from the foul line, seven assists and one turnover. Jahlil made some big hoops for them down the stretch. Quinn made a couple big baskets driving. They're a really good basketball team. We had a tough stretch in there." (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC-Duke Game HighlightsMarcus Paige scored 23 points but the Tar Heels dropped a tight game to no. 3 Duke, 84-77, on March 7th, 2015.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams addressed the media following the team's loss to Duke on March 7th, 2015.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - DukeTerrific defensive work by Joel James in the first half on Jahlil Okafor. His size seemed to bother Okafor, as James continually pushed him a step or two off the block. Now, about those turnovers. It's going to be instructive--and very, very painful--to go through the film and see which of UNC's 11 second-half turnovers were forced and which were unforced. (GoHeels.com)
No. 3 Duke holds off No. 19 North Carolina 84-77Tyus Jones had a big second half to help No. 3 Duke shoot 59 percent after the break and beat No. 19 North Carolina 84-77 on Saturday night. Jones scored 17 of his season-high 24 in the second half for the Blue Devils (28-3, 15-3 ACC), who capitalized on a handful of key turnovers by the Tar Heels (21-10, 11-7) to finally get a fragile hold on a game in which neither team could get many second-half stops. (ESPN.com)
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