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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Everything was set up perfectly for No. 1 North Carolina to start with a flurry – until senior Marcus Paige suffered a freak injury when his right hand got tangled in a teammate’s jersey during practice.
Now the Tar Heels are juggling their backcourt rotation entering Friday’s opener against Temple, aiming to make up for the multi-week loss of the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason co-player of the year.
“It’s kind of an adjustment for us,” senior forward Brice Johnson said Wednesday. “But we’re starting to work through it and get better with it. Coach is playing with the lineups a little bit, trying to figure out which guys work together better.”