- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Northern Iowa will host North Carolina this fall in what will serve as a homecoming for Tar Heels senior and Iowa native Marcus Paige.

Panthers coach Ben Jacobson announced the Nov. 21 matchup in Cedar Falls with a video posted to YouTube on Thursday.

Paige, who grew up about 100 miles south of Cedar Falls in Marion, Iowa, announced last month that he was returning for his senior season.

The Paige-led Tar Heels could be ranked in the top five to start next season.

Though Northern Iowa reached the top 10 in 2014-15, it will likely be a rebuilding year for the Panthers in 2015-16. They lost the majority of their contributors to graduation, including All-American Seth Tuttle.


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