What can you say about Marcus Paige's play up to this point? The sophomore point-guard-turned-shooting-guard has been on an absolute tear on the offensive end.
He leads the team in scoring with 19.6 points per game. Over 10 contests, he has reached the 20-point mark five times, including the aforementioned 32-spot he laid on the defending champs.
Paige has essentially taken the place of P.J. Hairston, who had six 20-point games in his 14 starts and two more coming off the bench as a sophomore.
Speaking of sophomore performances, if Paige maintains this pace and plays 37 games, he would have 725 points on the season. That would top the Carolina record of 721 points by a sophomore, held by none other than the great Michael Jordan.
If you're into omens, Paige finished with 23 points in three of his five 20-point games this season.
On the season, Paige is shooting 44.7 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three and 91.2 percent from the charity stripe. Those numbers are up from his freshman season, when he shot 35.6, 34.4 and 83.6 percent, respectively.
He has also knocked down 26 of Carolina's 34 treys on the season. That's 76.5 percent of the team's threes—and that's with Leslie McDonald's four trifectas in his first game back with the Heels last night.
It should also be noted that Paige is on a current streak of 18 consecutive made free throws. He still has a long road to reach Jeff Lebo's mark of 41, set in 1989. But it's something to keep an eye on.
Keep it going, Marcus.
Rollin Yeatts is the lead columnist for North Carolina Tar Heels basketball on Bleacher Report. He also hosts a weekly all-sports video podcast at TSB Sports. Visit his B/R profile for more.