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Brown: Marcus Paige erases North Carolina's anxieties

Marcus Paige returned to the North Carolina lineup on Tuesday and showed why he's so vital to the Tar Heels. Paige had 20 points and 5 assists as UNC defeated No. 2 Maryland.

Kerwin Roach Jr.'s throw down impresses SVP (0:37)
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Monmouth bench becomes a star attraction

The bench mob known as The Hawks' Nest has gained notice for their celebrations. Just cheering won't do; how about fishermen with a photo op?

Kentucky survives scare from Illinois State (1:11)

ESPNU CBB: Boeheim, Williams, Feast Recap

Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg recap Feast Week, look ahead to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and chat with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and North Carolina's Roy Williams.

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Weekend Predictions: Texas A&M's rise continues

The Battle 4 Atlantis final features an ACC squad (Syracuse) getting a lot from a handful of players and an SEC squad (Texas A&M) that looks like a serious contender.

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#Top10Thursday: Hey, a little help?

Even though the players on this list are talented, they need some help if their teams are going to reach their potential.

What's wrong with the Hoosiers? (2:14)
Kansas wins Maui Invitational (0:55)
Ben Simmons' highlight reel (1:06)
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Brown: LSU's Ben Simmons could stand to be more selfish

Ben Simmons had another double-double in LSU's overtime loss to NC State. But with only four points, it's clear the star freshman hasn't quite figured out how to balance looking for his shot with setting up his teammates.

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On the Quad: 5-foot-9 and standing tall

College basketball is not being dominated by the big guys. All you need to do is take a look at this list of little guys. Don't underestimate them.


Kerwin Roach Jr. records slam of the night

The Texas guard skies and rips the rim with a monster dunk against UT-Arlington.


Student hits half-court shot ... with towel

Need we say more? Kudos to Oklahoma State men's basketball manager Jared Dickey.


Melo Trimble drives and dishes

The Maryland guard finished with 23 points and 12 assists, including this dime off the crossover.


Shooting free throws, Rick Barry-style

Charleston's Canyon Barry, son of NBA legend Rick Barry, shoots free throws underhanded like his dad did. And there's something to be said for the granny-style shot: Barry leads the Cougars in free throw percentage.


No shoe? No problem for Perry Ellis

The Kansas forward lost his shoe in the middle of the game, but that didn't stop him playing defense against Loyola (MD).


Bragg Jr. throws up two-handed block

A Loyola player went up for the shot, but No. 4 Kansas' Carlton Bragg Jr. said no. With two hands.


Pitt fan dressed up as a squirrel

A Pittsburgh fan watched his team lose to No. 11 Purdue, but hopefully things looked better from his squirrel costume.


Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Mark Turgeon: "I didn't love our team until tonight. I liked them but this game is going to make us a lot better."

UNC hands Terps first loss of the season

Marcus Paige returns to action and scores 20 points as No. 9 North Carolina puts away No. 2 Maryland 89-81 to hand the Terps their first loss.


No. 21 Miami holds off Nebraska in OT

Shavon Shields had a game-high 28 points but it was in a losing effort for the Cornhuskers. The Hurricanes were coming off a loss to Northeastern but got the 77-72 win in overtime.


Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Roy Williams sums it up, "I like my team but I like them a lot better with number five (Marcus Paige) out there."

Purdue takes down Pittsburgh

A.J. Hammons scores 24 points off the bench in the Boilermaker's 72-59 win.


Kerwin Roach Jr. attacks rim

The Texas PG drove and absolutely destroyed the basket on this dunk vs. UT Arlington.


Paige: Try not to think about injury

Marcus Paige scored 20 points in his season debut and said after of playing with a still-healing broken hand: "I just try to lose myself in the game and not think about it. Think about what I can do to help the team."


Heels top Terps in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

No. 9 UNC improved to 6-1 behind Marcus Paige's 20 points and Brice Johnson's 16. No. 2 Maryland's Melo Trimble scored 23 points and hit 4 treys to go along with 12 assists (8 TOs). Box score


Terps won't let Tar Heels pull away

Isaiah Hicks hits the jumper just before the shot clock expires to give No. 9 UNC an 87-76 lead late in the second half on ESPN. But No. 2 Maryland has rattled off five quick points to pull within 6.


C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Part of Marcus Paige's aggressiveness offensively came because the Tar Heels needed him. But don't underestimate Joel Berry's role in it. Berry's solid play at point (12 pts 4 ast) allows Paige to play off the ball and hunt for his shot more than he would if he had to play point.

Tar Heels off and running on ESPN

UNC's Joel Berry II hits the 3-pointer to give the Tar Heels an 83-74 lead on a 9-2 run late in the second half. The Terps won't go away though as they look to rally on the road.


Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Melo Trimble has scored or assisted on 11 of Maryland's 12 baskets this half. He has 15 points in the second half and had a stretch where had assisted on five straight baskets.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami headed to overtime with Nebraska. Hurricanes probably wish they were back in Puerto Rico.

No. 11 Purdue: 72, Pittsburgh 59

A.J. Hammons came off the bench to score 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Boilermakers to a win over Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Boxscore

Trimble trey keeps Terps close

Every time No. 9 UNC tries to pull away, No. 2 Maryland's Melo Trimble makes a big-time play -- as seen below on ESPN. Trimble has 18 points and 12 assists to lead the Terps.


C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Second half Marcus is in the building: Paige has 11 of his team-high 18 pts in the second half including the last 8 consecutive.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Melo Trimble with career-high 11 assists to go with 11 pts. Roy Williams may have to switch defenders and put Paige on him I don't think Joel Berry or Nate Britt can stay in front of him.