Last year, Marcus Paige nearly went down as an all-time North Carolina legend a year ago, when he hit an incredible shot that looked like it would send the game to overtime. Tonight, he's just a fan, and he's stressing.
North Carolina trails Gonzaga 35-32 at the half of yet another hotly contested national championship game, and Paige chimed in on Twitter right as the game went to the break. He's as stressed out as the rest of you, Tar Heel fans.
A year ago tomorrow, Paige was an unfortunate footnote in one of the greatest sports endings we can remember. He hit an awesome double-clutch three to tie the game with under five seconds remaining, only to have Villanova's Kris Jenkins drill a game-winner moments later.
He is still fondly remembered for a very strong four-year career at North Carolina. This year, he and Brice Johnson both had their jerseys put into the rafters at the Dean Dome ahead of UNC's February game against Virginia. Ahead of the Final Four win against Oregon, Paige wrote a letter to his former teammates, published on The Players' Tribune.
…To my guys on the team: The level of energy is going to be insane — you’ve been in louder stadiums before, but the intensity of the Final Four is something else. Take a moment to remember, this is Carolina. You’re out there in Jordans, wearing the cleanest uniforms in college basketball, playing for a school that’s synonymous with winning. Something I like to joke about is that, if you stay at UNC long enough, you’ll end up in a Final Four eventually, no matter how good you are. I’m kidding of course, but it’s true. That’s the kind of tradition you’re working with here. You’re playing for the biggest name on the biggest stage.
Paige is a die-hard Tar Heel. You know he's glued to his TV right now.