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Thanks for stopping by: It was good to see the Terrapins again

It was Len Bias of Maryland whose 35-point performance in an overtime victory against the then-No. 1 Tar Heels that handed North Carolina its first loss in the Smith Center. This is the 30th anniversary of that season. This time, it was UNC knocking Maryland from the ranks of the unbeatens. The teams played a fitting game Tuesday night in front of an electric crowd. (Burlington Times News)

Marcus Paige is back, and so are the Tar Heels

As impressive as his numbers were on the final stat sheet, Marcus Paige’s most meaningful contribution was the effect his play had on those around him. Inspired by the return of their leader, the Tar Heels finally looked like the elite team they were purported to be while rolling to an 89-81 victory against their one-time ACC rival. (Wilmington Star News)

J. Cole sits courtside at UNC, hangs with Roy and players

Shortly into the first half of the game between No. 9 UNC vs. No. 2 Maryland on Tuesday in Chapel Hill there was a quick buzz of excitement from the Carolina student section. Looking to the court level, J. Cole, a popular hip-hop artist, had just walked out of the UNC team tunnel and was making his way to the Dean Dome court. (Carolina Blue)

Paige’s return has UNC in ‘comfort zone,’ looking like title favorite

November’s Most Noticeably Absent Guard spent an early portion of Tuesday working on a paper due Wednesday for a globalization class. Marcus Paige’s topic: the decline of the nation-state and its impact on the global economy. He had to put the paper aside to make the early shootaround at the Smith Center. Paige took his shots and started feeling the good kind of nervous. (Sports Illustrated)

Post tandem of Johnson, Meeks plays big in UNC's win over Maryland

Marcus Paige made his long-awaited debut for UNC. Of equal importance, better versions of post players Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks showed up. Johnson and Meeks scored a combined 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and defended well enough to help the ninth-ranked Tar Heels claim an 89-81 victory against Maryland in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC 89, Maryland 81: What We Learned

The Tar Heel players looked far more comfortable with Marcus Paige out there. The defense seemed improved but still struggled with dribble penetration and defending the pick and roll. Offensively, the half court execution had a better flow than previous games, and Joel Berry seemed more comfortable running the offense with his backcourt mate in the lineup. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels Secure Resume-Building Win

December was less than 24 hours old, and yet the Smith Center had the vibe of a late February contest critical to postseason positioning. In some respects, this ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup carried a similar weight for No. 9 North Carolina. The Terrapins represent the lone ranked non-conference opponent for the Tar Heels. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Post-Maryland Locker Room Jumparound - Welcome Back Marcus Paige!

Marcus Paige scored 20 points in his return from injury and the Tar Heels took down No. 2 Maryland 89-81 in the Smith Center. Watch the Tar Heels celebrate! View Video...

Lucas: The Stars Come Out

It was amazing. It was. There were 21,163 of us there, and one of them was Gary Williams, and one of them was world champion James Michael McAdoo, and one of them was world champion Harrison Barnes, and I have not even gotten to the part yet where J. Cole showed up (more on him in a second), but what you mostly need to know is that Marcus Paige was there. (GoHeels.com)

UNC-Maryland Postgame Notes

North Carolina made 9 of 13 shots from three-point range, tying the sixth-highest percentage (.692) in a game in school history with at least 10 three-point attempts. Tonight marked the first time UNC and Maryland played when both teams were ranked in the Top 10 since No. 9 UNC beat No. 6 Maryland, 86-83, in College Park, Md., on Jan. 10, 2001. (GoHeels.com)

Three takeaways from Tar Heels' fantastic 89-81 W over Maryland

All we want from early season college hoops is entertainment. And on Tuesday night, the Terps and Tar Heels turned in a terrific tilt to that end. No. 9 UNC won 89-81 thanks to some outrageous offense and the return of starting star point guard/team MVP Marcus Paige, who went for 20 points and five assists, plus just one turnover. (CBS Sports)

Marcus Paige leads Tar Heels to win over Maryland

Marcus Paige missed the first six games of North Carolina's season, recovering from a broken bone in his hand. In his absence, Joel Berry assumed more than just his postgame interview spot. Berry averaged 11.5 points and 3.7 assists while running the offense. The two teamed up to harass Maryland into 22 turnovers, which led to 21 UNC points. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams Post-Maryland Quotes

Roy Williams: "I think [the team] did get energy from Marcus [Paige]. I think they got a great deal of energy from our crowd. We haven’t had the best crowd so far this year, but they were sensational tonight. I think they were a big part of the win. I think that the way we played on the road, we wanted to come home back and play great here. That was important to us." (GoHeels.com)

Video: Tar Heels Drop #2 Maryland in Paige's Return - Highlights

Marcus Paige scored 20 points in his season debut to lead the Tar Heels to an 89-81 victory over #2 Maryland in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on December 1, 2015. View Video...

Marcus Paige puts on a show in UNC's entertaining win against Maryland

Leading a fastbreak, Brice Johnson looked ahead and spotted a teammate pointing at the rim. Yes, that was 6-2 guard Marcus Paige, with one completely healthy hand, calling for an alley-oop. The UNC team that took the floor Tuesday during an 89-81 win against No. 2 Maryland looked much different than the team that labored through a 5-1 start without Paige. (Fayetteville Observer)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22, 9:05 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Virginia Tech71
Blossomgame (Clemson) 13 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 10 pts;
NC State71
at Georgia Tech69
Henderson (NC State) 21 pts; Stephens (Georgia Tech) 11 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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