UNC’s Paige expected to play against Maryland

North Carolina guard Marcus Paige waves to a fan before an NCAA college basketball game against Northern Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige is expected to play next week for the Tar Heels as his broken hand is healing as expected, the University said Tuesday.

Paige broke his hand during practice in early November and has sat out of all the Heels’ games this season.

The University said an x-ray performed before the team left for Kansas City revealed his hand was healing but he was still experiencing pain.

He took part in team warmups before the Tar Heels’ game against Northwestern Monday in Kansas City.

“If it was up to me, I’d be playing tomorrow,” Paige said after the game. “But it’s not up to me. It’s up to the people above me. I’m trying to be patient with it. As soon as I get a couple more practices under my belt, I’ll be fine.”

Paige is expected to play when he returns to Chapel Hill from Thanksgiving, the school said.

UNC hosts No. 2 Maryland Dec. 1 in Chapel Hill as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

“I would say it’s in the 90s (percentage) that I do play,” Paige said. “It would be very tough for me not to be out on that court.”

UNC came into the season ranked No. 1 but lost to Northern Iowa Saturday, 71-67.

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