By Matthew Pertz,
After a momentous win over nearby rival NC State in 2013, UNC coach Roy Williams lauded then-freshman Marcus Paige, saying, “My little freshman is a tough little nut. He’s getting better and better as we go along.” Initially, the phrase “tough little nut” does not sound like typical praise. In fact, it sounds rather patronizing and condescending, and Paige was confused by his coach’s remarks. “I really wasn’t sure how to take it. Whenever you hear the ‘little’ nickname, you’re not sure if he’s joking on me.” However, the nickname is indicative of Williams’ favorite character traits: heart, hustle, toughness, grit, and industriousness. Fast-forward to the present, and Paige is prepared to improve on his breakout sophomore campaign and prove his merit as the best player in the nation.
By Cory Van Riper-Rose,
With a few months to go before the 2014-2015 college basketball season kicks off, let’s examine the top three early season tournaments coming up this fall. Like every big college hoops fan, I like a good, old-fashioned bracket, so we’ll stick with tournaments that follow that format here.
By Brian Buckey,
After a thrilling 2013-14 season in college basketball, it’s never too early to look forward to next season. With several impact players yet to make a decision on whether to turn pro or stay in school, this list could easily change in a few weeks. Here is a look at the top 25 for next season: (more…)
By Michael Brinn,
Here we are, the last full week of February technically kicks off “March Madness”. I know the tournament is still a few weeks away, but the water cooler talk has already shifted from Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks to who people are going to pick in their tournament bracket. (more…)
By Michael Almonte,
Former North Carolina Tar Heel P.J. Hairston has endured some rough times the past several months and it all ended with his dismissal from Chapel Hill after making multiple mistakes and violations.
Hairston missed the first 10 games of the season while the NCAA investigated potential rules violations and UNC announced on Friday December 20th they would not seek his NCAA reinstatement.
During his two years at Chapel Hill, the 6’6 guard averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 71 games. He shot 38% from the field, 34% behind the arc and 80% from the free-throw line. (more…)
By Chris Ramirez
Syracuse, NY – C.J. Fair had 20 points and eight rebounds as No. 2 Syracuse routed North Carolina, 57-45, on Saturday afternoon. Jerami Grant added 12 points and 12 boards for the Orange, who grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. (more…)