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Game Thread: UNC-Maryland

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ACC/B1G Challenge: North Carolina vs Maryland, 9:30 PM
TV: ESPN
Announcers: Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas
Line: UNC -8, KenPom UNC 78-71

A few minutes ago Marcus Paige took the court to warm up with a pad on his right hand. He will see his first action of the season tonight as the Tar Heels look for a big win versus a top ten team at home.

This game has a similar feel to the Ohio State match-up in 2007. The Buckeyes game to Chapel Hill and UNC pulled out a big win though Ohio State was without Greg Oden at the time. The six games without Paige were uneven. With him the Tar Heels can go through the next month of non-conference games and play like a Final Four contender.

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