North Carolina guard Marcus Paige fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand on Nov. 3 and missed the start of the Tar Heels' season. However, he is ready to return.
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Paige Active vs. Maryland
Tuesday, Dec. 1
North Carolina announced Paige was starting Tuesday's game.
Paige Comments on Injury
Monday, Nov. 30
“I feel good," Paige told reporters when asked about his broken hand. "I don’t have any pain.”
Paige Vital to UNC's National Title Hopes
The Tar Heels have started the season 5-1, including a shocking loss to UNI that dropped them to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll released after the loss.
Paige's surprise return to school is a key reason for the optimism this season in Chapel Hill. Injuries did hinder his performance last season, as he dealt with plantar fasciitis starting in January and had surgery on his right ankle to remove bone spurs after the Tar Heels' season ended.
Williams has built tremendous depth this season, bringing back most of last year's roster that included Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry, but Paige is the oil that keeps this machine running after leading the team in scoring and assists a season ago.