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Video: Marcus Paige - One Of The Greatest UNC Leaders Ever

Marcus Paige played a valiant second half for UNC against Villanova in the National Championship. Paige's teammates weren't surprised by his effort and gave Jeff Fischel of the ACCDN their fondest memories of the leader of the Tar Heel program for the last four years. View Video...

Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one)

7. North Carolina: Why the Tar Heels are ranked here - We don't think the Tar Heels will lose any underclassmen, which means six of UNC's top eight scorers should be back. So it won't be a suprise if Roy Williams makes his ninth Final Four next season and again takes a run at becoming only the sixth coach in history to win at least three national titles. (CBS Sports)

If regulars all return, Tar Heels will remain a title contender

If the key players all return, the likely first seven in UNC's rotation – Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, Theo Pinson and 6-10 recruit Tony Bradley – should be among the top 10 in the country and perhaps first in the ACC. Replacing Brice Johnson, Marcus Page, and Joel James will not be easy, of course. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Three Plays That Will Haunt UNC Fans

In a game filled with crucial plays and straight up onions on both sides, there are three plays in particular which will generate the most discussion around the water cooler and so much angst and hand-wringing among UNC fans in the days, months, and years to come. Here is a look back at three of the most crucial plays of the game: (Tar Heel Blog)

MIchael Jordan’s words of encouragement little consolation for disappointed Tar Heels

Michael Jordan sat in the stands behind the Tar Heels bench during the game. After Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer sent his alma mater to a heart-breaking 77-74 loss to Villanova, Jordan paid a visit to the locker room to console the disappointed team. “He just said he’s proud of us and he’s proud to be a Tar Heel,” senior forward Brice Johnson said. (Wilmington Star News)

Kenny Smith: UNC team put the program 'back on the map'

“Those kids don’t know what they did for the program,” Kenny Smith said. “Because behind the scenes, there was 20 of us that met together for the first time in a long time. Old Tar Heel players came back. They have reunited the alumni basketball program, and they don’t even know it. So you have put us back on the map, North Carolina basketball.” (Carolina Blue)

Kennedy Meeks' postgame emotion shows immeasurable impact of Joel James

"Honestly, what hurts the most is to see Joel James cry," Kennedy Meeks said. "No matter how many minutes he played or how many shots he had, he’s always been there for our team, he’s always worked him (butt) off to help us improve. For him to lose a National Championship game his senior year, it’s a terrible thing." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige forever a winner despite painful loss

In discussing the final, sudden end to a championship game that will not soon be forgotten, Marcus Paige offered a simple explanation. “The fireworks go off, you want that to be your moment.” Maybe, in a roundabout way, it still was. In the most painful way possible, we saw a young man with the character, poise and wisdom that would make any friend, parent or coach incredibly proud. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: Proud

Michael Jordan addressed the team in the Carolina locker room after the game. He had a simple message for them: sometimes life has adversity, and you have to use it as fuel for the next time. And then he said the perfect thing, because he is Michael Jordan, but also because he is a Tar Heel. He said: “I’m proud of you.” (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: It's Supposed To Hurt

Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Joel James will always be Tar Heels. There is strength in that family, as evidenced by the dozens of former Tar Heels who were in the stands on Monday night. The end of a college basketball career is only the beginning of life in the Tar Heel family. This game, this team, this time...it meant something. And it's supposed to hurt. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Heartbreak in Houston

When Marcus Paige knocked down his improbable circus shot, a double-clutch hanging 3-pointer from right of the key, with 4.7 seconds to play, the senior guard was convinced North Carolina was going to win the national championship in overtime. All the Tar Heels had to do was survive those final 4.7 seconds. “You’re so close to that moment,” Paige said in the postgame locker room. (Inside Carolina)

UNC fans: Family even in defeat

Organizers estimated about 10,000 people packed the Dean E. Smith Center to watch UNC fall, 77-74 to Villanova, and most of them lined up on the floor as the seconds ticked away, ready to rush outside to celebrate another national title. After Villanova's buzzer beater shocked them into silence, some were able to find a silver lining. (WRAL.com)

UNC comes up one jumper short in national championship game

UNC’s Isaiah Hicks tried get his hand up and disrupt the decisive shot, but he got there too late. “I saw Ryan come off the screen, so I tried to help Joel just in case. Next thing you know Jenkins comes in. It was my man. I completely forgot about him worrying about Ryan.” Hicks said he hoped the shot wouldn’t go in. His coach knew that wouldn’t happen. (Wilmington Star News)

Villanova Coach, Players Post-UNC Press Conference Quotes

Villanova coach Jay Wright: Roy came right up to me and said, I'm really disappointed for our guys, that was a great game, but I'm really happy for you. I know he means that. He's a coach's coach. He's got a great team. Some of those seniors, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, were just great examples of what you want college basketball players to be. (ASAP Sports)

Video: UNC National Championship Postgame Press Conference

Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, and Joel Berry talk to the media following the Tar Heels' 77-74 loss to Villanova in the national championship game on April 4, 2016. View Video...

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 93
Bucknell: 81
Wed, Nov 15 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, 11:30 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Portland
Thu, Nov 23, 2:30 ET ESPN

UNC vs. Ark/Okla
Fri, Nov 24, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Texas Tech36
at Boston College31
Evans (Texas Tech) 11 pts; Bowman (Boston College) 6 pts;
at Wake Forest0
Saturday 2:30 PM
Daniels 17.0 ppg, 1.0 apg; Woods 16.7 ppg, 1.0 apg;
Texas Southern0
at Syracuse0
Saturday 7:00 PM
Jefferson 21.0 ppg, 3.5 apg; Battle 23.0 ppg, 2.0 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Duke0-04-0
Boston College0-04-0
NC State0-04-0
(11) Miami0-03-0
(13) Notre Dame0-03-0
(9) North Carolina0-02-0
(18) Louisville0-02-0
Florida State0-02-0
Virginia Tech0-02-1
Georgia Tech0-00-1
Wake Forest0-00-3

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