Leslie McDonald on Surviving 'The Foul'While Marcus Paige’s driving game-winner with 0.9 seconds remaining in overtime elicited equal parts elation and agony, depending on your side of the aisle, the emotion of choice for Leslie McDonald was undoubtedly relief. “The call was the call,” McDonald said. “There’s nothing you can do about it. The refs felt like I fouled him, so there’s nothing you can do about it.” (Inside Carolina)
Art’s Angle: On Their GamesIf Marcus Paige and Roy Williams aren’t ACC Player and Coach of the Year, someone needs to demand a recount. Paige solidified the fact that he is not only the most valuable and most important player on his team in Wednesday night’s amazing win at N.C. State, but he is arguably the best player in the entire ACC and now needs to be favored for the Cousy Award as the top point guard in the college game. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: Marcus Paige Pours in 35 at NC StateHighlight video from the win at NC State as Marcus Paige sets a career-high with 35 points including the game-winning shot in overtime to propel UNC to victory at NC State. Go inside the locker room after the win.
One More Look at Marcus Paige's Epic PerformanceIt's been a little over twelve hours and Marcus Paige's 35 points to power North Carolina to an overtime win over NC State is still resonating through the Tar Heel fan base. Like all things the benefit of time will help us to properly place this game in the correct historical context regarding legendary Tar Heel performances. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: The Marcus Paige vs T.J. Warren ShootoutIt was one for the ages in the North Carolina-NC State rivalry, as Tar Heel guard Marcus Paige and Wolfpack forward T.J. Warren combined for an amazing 71 points. But it was Paige's final bucket with .9 seconds to go in overtime that won it for the Tar Heels.
Out Of The Blue: J.P. TokotoOne of the first things people think about you when they hear your name is your jumping ability. When you were growing up was that something that you worked on or did it just come naturally to you? J.P. Tokoto: "It's just a God-given gift. The first time I dunked was actually at the end of sixth grade, and I had just previously started playing basketball." (GoHeels.com)
Animated GIF: Marcus Paige's acrobatic save vs. NC StateNorth Carolina guard Marcus Paige saves the ball from going out of bounds against NC State, leading to an important transition basket for the Tar Heels.
Giving A Hoots For Tar Heel HoopsRising through the ranks to an important position can still be achieved, as Eric Hoots can attest. Hoots, the Assistant to the Athletic Director for Men’s Basketball and Director of Player Development for the UNC men’s basketball team, served as the Tar Heels varsity manager a decade ago (when he roomed with now-UNCG-coach Wes Miller). (Chapelboro.com)
Tar Heels no longer just frontrunnersWhile getting accustomed to “Second-Half Marcus,” North Carolina is getting comfortable becoming a second-half team. Before the Tar Heels' current 10-game win streak, they were frontrunners. If they led or were tied at halftime, they won the game. If they trailed, they lost. It happened every time. Now the Heels have won their past three games when faced with a halftime deficit. (ESPN.com)
Marcus Paige Is College Basketball's Newest Little Bada**UNC has now won 10 games in a row, and the 18 points and five assists per game Paige has put up during that stretch is a big reason why. UNC fans are just happy the team is winning, but the rest of us can be glad to have finally found a little guy that can make us gasp. (Deadspin)
Video: UNC Players Post-N.C. State InterviewsMarcus Paige and James Michael McAdoo answer questions from the media about the Tar Heel's 85-84 overtime win at NC State on Wednesday.
Harrison Barnes motivated by trade rumorsWith the knowledge that other NBA teams were the ones initiating trade proposals, Harrison Barnes used it as motivation since it reflected how much better he could have been playing. This month, he improved by averaging 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds off the bench, shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. (San Jose Mercury News)
J.P. Tokoto sets stage for Marcus Paige in matchup against N.C. StateBefore Marcus Paige could pull the curtain closed on T.J. Warren’s convincing audition for ACC Player of the Year, J.P. Tokoto was there to set up the lighting for Paige’s spectacular finish. But Tokoto nearly missed the grand finale. Tokoto, who scored 16 points in No. 19 UNC’s 85-84 win, spent the last several minutes of overtime in the locker room with cramping. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: Roy Williams Post-NC State Press ConferenceRoy Williams answers questions from the media about North Carolina's 85-84 overtime win against NC State. The win is the Tar Heels' 10th in a row.
Marcus Paige Points Heels to VictoryCoach Roy Williams called it "unbelievable," "as good of an exhibition as I've have ever seen," and "off the charts." Teammate Brice Johnson was left almost speechless. On Wednesday night against the NC State Wolfpack, Sophomore Point Guard Marcus Paige put together the best performance of his career and one of the more memorable individual games in Tar Heel basketball History. (Carolina Blue)
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