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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)

Lucas: 150 Seconds Of Defense

North Carolina played a stretch of its best offense on Wednesday night against Wofford. The Terriers still stayed in the game. Carolina also played a stretch of its very best defense of the season on Wednesday night against Wofford—and that is what ultimately broke the visitors. “We can be a great defensive team if we put our mind to it,” Joel Berry said. (GoHeels.com)

Ross' Rapid Reactions: UNC vs. Wofford

Wednesday night was a decent performance from a UNC team still working to find its identity. Justin Jackson's 0-9 from three is a little concerning, but Roy Williams doesn't seem discouraged. Jackson is finding other ways to contribute. Efforts like tonight from UNC big men is what can make this team special. (Carolina Blue)

UNC-Wofford Postgame Quotes

Joel Berry on the play of UNC big men: “The game plan was to go inside. We have two of the best big men in the nation, so we wanted to get the ball down to them, and that’s what we did in the first half. They didn’t shoot as well as they usually do, but just having that inside attack. We were able to get the ball inside and that’s what we wanted to do.” (GoHeels.com)

UNC-Wofford Postgame Notes

Joel Berry II scored a career-high 16 points and had a career-high four steals. Berry has scored 14, 15 and 16 points in his first three college starts. Brice Johnson (16 points and 14 rebounds tonight) has double-doubles in each of the first three games this season and 13 for his career. This is the first time he has registered double-doubles in three consecutive games in his career. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Wofford Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams addresses the media following the Tar Heels' 78-58 win over Wofford on November 18, 2015. View Video...

Roy Williams Sees Improvement

Despite a first half that produced several sideline eruptions, Roy Williams was in good spirits at the podium following Wednesday night's 78-58 win over Wofford. In Sunday's win over Fairfield, Williams spoke of a lack of focus and effort, but the head coach was pleased with how his team responded. "I feel a lot better about the game right now than I did after Sunday's game," Williams said. (Inside Carolina)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 90
Boston College: 82
Sat, Jan 21 Box Score

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

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Tue, Jan 31, 7:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Virginia Tech82
at Clemson81
Allen (Virginia Tech) 17 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 20 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina6-118-3
(10) Florida State6-118-2
(15) Notre Dame6-117-3
(16) Virginia5-215-3
(12) Louisville4-316-4
Virginia Tech4-315-4
(18) Duke3-315-4
Wake Forest3-412-7
Georgia Tech3-411-8
Boston College2-59-11
NC State2-513-7

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