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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes itches to return, but ankle not ready

Harrison Barnes watched Monday’s shootaround with his sprained left ankle stretched out in front of him and his crutches resting beside him. As practice came to a close and his Warriors teammates separated for individual workouts, Barnes sneaked onto the far end of the court and stared up at the basket. The fourth-year forward is already itching to get back onto the floor. (San Francisco Gate)

Season really begins tonight for UNC and Marcus Paige

The relative struggles in November extended beyond the absence of Marcus Paige, so it's foolish to believe his presence will be a cure-all for North Carolina. Win or lose against the Terrapins, with a standout or subpar performance from Paige, it's time to see if this experienced, talented club has improved enough to merit serious consideration as a national championship contender. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams: "Marcus will start"

Less than 10 seconds into his press conference on Monday UNC head coach Roy Williams revealed a change in UNC's starting lineup. "Well Marcus will start," Williams stated. "If he has a good practice today and feels good, he will start. I think he has earned that over three years. I am not 100% sure who's place he will take, more than likely Theo's, but that could change, too." (Carolina Blue)

Previewing Maryland

No. 9 North Carolina welcomes Marcus Paige back to the lineup for a top-10 matchup with No. 2 Maryland in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 9:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN. Maryland enters Tuesday’s contest with a 6-0 record. The Terrapins have won four home games by an average of 13 points per contest. (Inside Carolina)

Marcus Paige makes Maryland-North Carolina epic again

Now that Paige is back, a monster of a Tuesday night has officially been restored. In an 18-day-old season already defined by chaos and change, Maryland vs. North Carolina suddenly promises to be every bit the epic we expected one month ago. (ESPN.com)

Charlotte Hornets’ Tyler Hansbrough brings something extra to the game

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he’d be reluctant at that juncture to insert some players who had not played earlier. But with Tyler Hansbrough, he didn’t worry. Hansbrough will give you what he always gives you. Send him out and watch him go — and go, and go. "He’s always ready," Hornets’ guard Kemba Walker says. (Charlotte Observer)

Video: Rasheed Wallace drains two one-handed shots at same time in Smith Center

As Rasheed Wallace says, "Ball don't lie." Or, in this case, both balls don't lie. Even at 41 years old, 'Sheed is still getting buckets. The former Tar Heel was back at Chapel Hill hitting shots with both hands — at the same time. How does Wallace do it? Why does Brandon Jennings have this video? Why are we all here? No need to answer any of those questions. Just enjoy Rasheed Wallace. (Sporting News)

Marcus Paige expected to play vs. No. 2 Maryland after injury

North Carolina says senior guard Marcus Paige is expected to return from a right hand injury for Tuesday night's game against No. 2 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The school issued a news release Monday announcing Paige's likely return for the No. 9 Tar Heels, though Paige still had to practice later in the afternoon without a setback. (Associated Press)

Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson Pre-Maryland Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, and Justin Jackson address the media prior to the Tar Heels' Tuesday matchup with Maryland. View Video...

Marcus Paige Expected To Play Against Maryland

UNC guard Marcus Paige is expected to play Tuesday against Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Paige has missed the Tar Heels’ first six games this season due to a fracture in his right hand, an injury he suffered in practice on November 3rd. Paige’s return is subject to his going through UNC’s practice later on Monday without aggravating the injury. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Marcus Paige Returns

UNC's Marcus Paige is ready to see action for the first time this season after recovering from a broken bone in his right hand. His first game back will be against Maryland in the B1G/ACC Challenge on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 in Chapel Hill. View Video...

North Carolina coach Roy Williams believed in Maryland's Mark Turgeon all along

The last time Maryland and North Carolina met on the hardwood was Feb. 14, 2014. Things were different then. Maryland was an ACC mediocrity struggling through a lame-duck season before heading to the Big Ten, and Mark Turgeon was languishing around .500 and beginning to be the subject of calls for his job. (Testudo Times)

Tar Heels To Host Terps In ACC/Big Ten Challenge

North Carolina (5-1) will renew an old rivalry in an unfamiliar way when it hosts Maryland (6-0) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday December 1 in the Smith Center. The Tar Heels and Terrapins were both charter members of the ACC but will meet as representatives of opposing conferences on Tuesday. Tipoff between the top-10-ranked teams is set for 9:35 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

ESPN: Marcus Paige Will Play vs Maryland

According to ESPN, Roy Williams confirmed that Marcus Paige will return to action versus Maryland on Tuesday. "After missing the first six games of the season, PG Marcus Paige will play Tuesday when the Tar Heels meet No. 2 Maryland, coach Roy Williams told ESPN's Andy Katz." Paige missed the first six games with a broken bone in his right (non-shooting) hand. (Tar Heel Blog)

Dexter Strickland signs with NBL Canada's Moncton Miracles

The Moncton Miracles are happy to announce the signing of explosive six-foot-three combo guard Dexter Strickland out of the University of North Carolina. As a 4-year starter for UNC Strickland averaged 7 points, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He finished the 2014-15 season with the Los Angeles Defenders (NBA D-League) where he averaged 6.5 points, 1.8 assists and 2 rebounds per game. (Our Sports Central)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
Sat, Feb 25 Box Score

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

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. ACCT 8/9 Winner
Thu, Mar 9, 12:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #7 Louisville88
Lydon (Syracuse) 17 pts; Mitchell (Louisville) 25 pts;
Georgia Tech60
at #21 Notre Dame64
Heath (Georgia Tech) 12 pts; Colson (Notre Dame) 20 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(7) Louisville11-523-6
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(21) Notre Dame11-522-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Wake Forest7-916-12
Georgia Tech7-916-13
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20

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