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Timing system inventor: Blame NCAA for UNC finish

The clock controversy at the end of Sunday’s game between UNC and Iowa State left the cell phone of Mike Costabile ringing at a steady clip. The inventor of the Precision Time System, used by basketball teams around the world, surely had to be the reason the Tar Heels ran out of seconds in a 85-83 loss to the Cyclones. Not his fault, he said adamantly. After all, if it’s not in use, it can’t be to blame. (Gaston Gazette)

The moment Carolina lost control

Words don't really do justice to Marcus Paige's sophomore season. He was the unexpected superstar for Roy Williams' team. As fifth year senior Leslie McDonald and departed junior P.J. Hairston struggled with their eligibility issues in November and into December, it was Paige who took command of the team and established himself as the unquestioned leader. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige Standing Tall

Marcus Paige sat tucked away in a corner of the locker room moments following North Carolina’s season-ending loss to Iowa State, trying to hold back tears but failing, as he sought to accept blame for the third-round exit. In comparison to what has become his standard game fare, Paige didn’t turn in his best performance at the AT&T Center on Sunday. (Inside Carolina)

Out of Time

The play was set. Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina’s best passer, would inbound the ball from half court. Marcus Paige and Leslie McDonald, the team’s best shooters, would try to get an open look. Except there would be no miracle finish this time. No. 19 North Carolina wouldn’t even get the chance. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Kane's winner lifts ISU after bizarre finish

After several minutes when nobody at AT&T Center dared more than whisper, officials finally called the game, sending the Tar Heels home, the Cyclones to the Sweet 16, and DeAndre Kane to the March Madness pantheon of heroic, game-winning baskets. “To have it end like that,” North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo said, “it’s heartbreaking.” (ESPN.com)

A Fading Finish For UNC

Four minutes stood between UNC and a NCAA-record 32nd Sweet 16 appearance. Holding an eight-point lead and the ball, the Tar Heels faltered as No. 3 seed Iowa State closed the game on a 17-7 run to advance with an 85-83 victory. While the final 1.6 seconds will endure heavy scrutiny in the weeks to come, it was the previous 231 seconds that cemented UNC’s 2013-14 season. (Inside Carolina)

Nothing mild about Kennedy Meeks in UNC's NCAA finale

An apology was in order after North Carolina lost to Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament, UNC freshman Kennedy Meeks said at the time. He played eight minutes and made a free throw. That was it. On Sunday in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament with a shot at the Sweet 16 on the line, Meeks punched the clock, put on his hard hat and went to work. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Confusing finish sums up season for Tar Heels

It looked as if UNC's game plan was going to work again midway through the second half Sunday in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32. UNC had started to dominate inside, its guards were hitting 3s, its defense getting a couple stops, even. And then, the Cyclones turned the tables and pulled a North Carolina on North Carolina. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC-Iowa State: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams' opening comments: "It was a heck of a basketball game. If you didn't care who won the game, you had to be entertained. You had to feel good about college athletics because it was two teams going very, very hard at each other. They made some plays down the stretch that they needed to make and we didn't quite make the ones that we needed to make." (Inside Carolina)

Blowing the Whistle on the End of Iowa State-UNC

This is not to blame the particular officials working Sunday evening in San Antonio; they followed their sport’s code to the letter. This is only to ask in what possible way a technology purportedly implemented to increase precision can get away with an unprovable assertion in response to an in-fact unanswerable question. Would Britt have called time out had the clock started on time? (Time)

Clock operator cheated UNC out of a chance to come back against Iowa State

Officials made the right decision ending the UNC-Iowa State game after a bizarre timing error followed the Cyclones’ game-winning shot. Even a call that went UNC’s way wouldn’t have left much time to do anything than heave and pray. But that doesn’t mean the Tar Heels shouldn’t have plenty of beef with the way things went down Sunday night in their 85-83 loss in San Antonio. (USA Today)

Recap & Analysis: Iowa State 85, UNC 83

Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels with 19 points and while he did make two crucial mistakes, UNC's whole season is credited to a great many things he has done right. Leslie McDonald ended his UNC career with 18 points and made four threes. Kennedy Meeks dominated the middle with 15 points and 13 rebounds in what is hopefully a sign of things to come. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Marcus Paige Post-Iowa State Interview

North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige addressed the media following UNC's loss to Iowa State and their end in the NCAA Tournament. (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC-Iowa State Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 85-83 NCAA Tournament loss to Iowa State Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. View Video...

Late Meltdown Sinks Tar Heels

With less than three minutes remaining, UNC led 76-68 and seemed to be wearing down the talented Cyclones on their way to next week's East Regional semifinal. But the Tar Heels collapsed defensively down the stretch, allowing Iowa State to finish the game on a 17-7 run and DeAndre Kane to convert a game-winning driving layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to push the Cyclones past UNC, 85-83. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

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