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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Marcus Paige
Nothing went easily for North Carolina all season.
Voting results for the Atlantic Coast Conference's individual awards, as announced Tuesday by the league and as determined by 77 voting members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association:
The all-Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball teams and voting results for most improved player and sixth man of the year, announced Monday by the league and determined by a vote of 77 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and by the league's 15 head coaches:
North Carolina State's T.J. Warren and Duke's Jabari Parker were unanimous selections Monday to the media's all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Notre Dame's defense was good enough in the second half against North Carolina to give the short-handed Fighting Irish a chance to end the 14th-ranked Tar Heels' long winning streak.
Virginia Tech outrebounded North Carolina and held star Tar Heels point guard Marcus Paige to nine points below his average.
T.J. Warren did just about everything possible to help North Carolina State end rival North Carolina's winning streak. In the end, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer came up a play or two short.
Marcus Paige and his North Carolina teammates have endured so many wild swings - big wins, surprising losses, NCAA drama - that no one can blame their Hall of Fame coach for wondering what's next.
North Carolina faced an unlikely 15-point deficit with one of its top players having an off night against Florida State on Monday. Maybe just as unlikely was Kennedy Meeks stepping up to save the day.
Roy Williams earned his 300th win at North Carolina with an 81-75 win against Florida State as the Tar Heels rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to record its seventh consecutive victory.
Things just haven't gotten easier for No. 25 Pittsburgh.
Forced to become North Carolina's go-to guy on the perimeter, Marcus Paige has kept finding ways to up his game in the second half.
Marcus Paige was back to his high-scoring ways for North Carolina, while Brice Johnson provided the punch off the bench that helped the Tar Heels extend their winning streak to a season-long four games.
Due to a historic snow/ice storm Tuesday, it took a while for Marcus Paige and his North Carolina teammates to make it to their Atlanta hotel, and he was slow to arrive for the Tar Heels' 78-65 win over Georgia Tech as well.
Roy Williams and North Carolina can breathe a little easier.
"This team, we've been through so much on the court, off the court," sophomore Marcus Paige said after Sunday's loss to Iowa State in San Antonio. "Personnel losses, criticism from our fans, people doubting us. The way we fought all year and exceeded most people's expectations is a bright spot. But for it to end the way it did is really, really hard to swallow."
"It will make it interesting," Paige said. "We haven't had that many games, I can probably only name a few, where teams have tried to run us. So it will be definitely something to watch."