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  • Steven Cousler Mar 26, 2014
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    Not often I agree completely with Adam, but he's right, a more seasoned player would have worked for a better shot than the one Paige attempted.

    When playing a very good team like Iowa State, every possession is crucial. Paige may have thought he could salt the game away by making the 3 pointer, and with the lead thought it was worth a gamble. But you don't gamble in a tight match - go with what works. Working for an inside shot would have been a much more sure thing. It also would've prevented the fast break and dish out to an open 3 point gunslinger when Paige missed.

    The game turned on that mistake. I don't think Paige should in any way bear the responsibility for the loss, just hope he learns from that miscue and next time is more patient. Making the right decisions at clutch time is what separates the good from the great players of the game. I'm glad he's taking another year at Carolina to hone those skills some more.

  • Jeanne Gunn Mar 25, 2014
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    I agree. While Paige is a very accurate 3-point shooter, there was still 30 ticks left of the clock, so he did have time to drive to the basket, with possibly a better chance for the "old-fashioned" three-point play.

    The loss isn't entirely on Paige's miss; like you said, the lack of defense in the waning minutes played a huge part as well.

    To come so close to winning the game is a bitter way to end a season.

  • etrnluth Mar 24, 2014

    When Paige took that 3-pointer and missed, I too got a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach that it was a mistake. I would have much rather seen him take it to the hoop with a layup, with at least an opportunity to get fouled. To make matters worse, our defense was extremely poor near the end. It truly was our game to lose, and we did just that.

  • LuvsThePack Mar 24, 2014

    WRAL has plenty from which to choose, but this may be one of the dumbest articles yet.

    No three point attempt from Paige is ill-advised. An eight point lead with four minutes remaining is not even close to guaranteed. Paige was open. He took the shot. He missed. Period. If he had made it, they Holes would have been a great big step closer to sealing the deal. So he missed it. Deal. Players miss occasionally. It's only a bad shot if he was out of position and just heaved up a prayer for no reason. He knew what he was doing, and he did it.

    And it most decidedly was NOT a mistake.

    You need to re-write this article and make it right. This was ridiculous.

  • flipyas Mar 24, 2014

    Maybe not the best shooting decision ever but it's not a turning point if Carolina plays even a reasonable semblance of defense at the end. Seemed like every time I looked up, there was a wide open 3 point shooter or an ISU player behind the entire Carolina defense.

  • odell Mar 24, 2014

    Paige's response - "I'd take that shot a thousand times again". Good enough for me over your opinion.

  • kato_karma3.5 Mar 24, 2014

    Don't forget Meek's missed put-back attempt. He coulda/shoulda, gathered himself, and gone back up -- or passed the ball back out so the offense could re-set.

  • ronhesmer Mar 24, 2014

    "What we most often see within a season, or in a playoff series is more often confidence or a team's adjustments in personnel and/or strategy not yet being effectively countered." Meander much?

  • Jeanne Gunn Mar 24, 2014
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    Good piece, Adam. You're right about remembering what happens last the most, and unfortunately, the way the Heels let that lead slip away is a tough way to end a season. I'll try to remember this season as one that had the Heels making the Tourney, winning a game, and coming within a whisker of making it to the Sweet 16 after a 1-4 start in the ACC. I'll try, but that loss to Iowa State is a bitter pill.

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