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NCAA Tournament 2016: Notre Dame's Demetrius Jackson on Upcoming Matchup vs UNC's Marcus Paige

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

After a 1-for-10 start, Notre Dame guard Demetrius Jackson scored 10 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes to lead the Irish past Wisconsin and into the Elite Eight.

That epic finish earned him praised, and then the reality that he’ll have to deal with a UNC backcourt that’s finding their rhythm at the right time.

The last time the two programs locked horns, Paige went 5-for-9 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range to help his Tar Heels blast Notre Dame, 78-47, in an ACC tournament semifinal at Verizon Center.

After leading the Irish to another Elite Eight, I had the opportunity to ask the future NBA point guard about his matchup with Paige and Joel Berry II on Sunday night.

Jackson, a junior guard, has averaged 14.5 points and two assists per game on 55.6 percent shooting from the field so far in NCAA Tournament, but his most important job on Sunday night will be slowing down Paige and the Heels.

-- Glenn Erby

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