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Don't expect Ginyard to play; Zeller cast-free

Posted on: January 10, 2009 9:28 pm

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- To those of you in need of a Marcus Ginyard update, congratulations, you've come to the right place, because I spent the afternoon at North Carolina as the Tar Heels prepared for their showdown with Wake Forest, and the first thing I did was ask Roy Williams if he would play his defensive stopper Sunday night.

"Probably not," Williams answered.

Like any good coach, Williams left himself a little wiggle room. That's fine. But after watching Ginyard spend most of Saturday's practice at the Dean Smith Center on a side goal working individually, I'd be shocked if he played against Wake Forest (or even at Virginia next week), and that really is too bad, because one of the things that made the possibilities for these Tar Heels so intriguing was the assumption that they'd be healthy, which, of course, they have not been.

Ginyard had preseason foot surgery and missed the first 11 games.

He returned and played 11 minutes against Rutgers on Dec. 28.

Then he played against Nevada and Boston College, too.

But Ginyard has never felt right, meaning something is still wrong. So Williams sat Ginyard down against Charleston, and now he's "probably" out for the Wake Forest game, and it remains unclear whether this will improve with time or if it'll linger through March.

"That's the reason they call it medical practice," Williams said. "Nobody knows."

Also on the injury front, some good news: Tyler Zeller is cast-free.

The freshman forward broke is wrist in the Nov. 18 win over Kentucky, had a screw inserted, serious surgery, so on and so forth. But the cast came off Wednesday, and Zeller spent Saturday shooting. And even though Williams said "everything is progressing well," doctors aren't even supposed to re-evaluate Zeller for another six weeks, and he will remain out for the season barring something miraculous or a drastic change of plans.

"I'm 99.9 percent sure (he won't play again this season)," Williams said.


Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2009 5:50 pm

Don't expect Ginyard to play; Zeller cast-free

The North Carolina Tar Heels went to the Final Four last year only to lose to the eventual champion Kansas, Roy Williams alma mater. I personally beleive that he was outcoached by Bille Self in the final four because North Carolina came out flat and was blitzed from the beginning and was never able to recover. This year North Carolina is ranked number in the country and are looking for their forth champoinship. It was a very long summer with three players from the final for team putting their names into the Nba draft . When Lawson, Ellington & Green decided to return to North Carolina it catapulted them into the number one team in the country with a quality recruting class coming on board. This year they have came out blazing with a winning margin of around 18 per game but have soon hit a few bumps in the road being Boston College & Wake Forest. The lost of ginard and Zeller is proving to be very big losses because the Heels are having a very hard time stopping penetartion from point guards and are getting out worked on the inside. Roy needs to start coaching and get this team in gear on they will be looking at another lost in the tournamnet. This is a very strong team that goes 10 deep and the only prize that this team will consider as acceptable will be cutting down the nets in Detroit at Ford field in April. I am a Tar hels fan through and through and can't wait to see how everything unfolds. Go Heels !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2009 9:15 am

Don't expect Ginyard to play; Zeller cast-free

The problem with the tarheels goes deeper than Ginyard or Zeller not being there. They are not playing together as a team as they were ealier in the season. Too many mistakes, too many bad shots, too many forced shots inside and no defense. The team consists of more than 1 player and I think it is starting to take its toll, but we will never here anything about that. 

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2009 5:42 pm

Don't expect Ginyard to play; Zeller cast-free

This will be a good game and Ginyard can only look from the bench.  However, Roy has enough horsepower on the team to win.....

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2009 3:12 pm

Ginyard - Better if he doesn't play

I am actually hoping they don't play Ginyard the rest of this season.  If that is the case, he can medical redshirt since the few games he did play came in the first half of the season.  Let me explain my rationale:

The Tarheels are already very deep without him.  Even if he was coming back completely healthy, trying to work him into the lineup during ACC play (and risk causing commotion with an already stellar lineup) may not be the best idea.  WIthout him, they won at Michigan State by 35 and beat ND by 15.  Green and Graves can pick up for him and give the Tarheels more offensively...and about 85% of the defense that Ginyard provided.  In addition, consider Hansbrough, Green, Ellington, Lawson gone next would be great to have Ginyard around next year - completely healthy and providing veteran leadership.

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2009 12:00 pm

Don't expect Ginyard to play; Zeller cast-free

this is the same team that beat MSU by 35 and ND by 15. unc can win this game without ginyard.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2009 11:49 am

Don't expect Ginyard to play; Zeller cast-free

It really is crazy how good the Heels have been when you have the context that two players as talented as Ginyard and Zeller have been non-factors due to injury.  Their home lost to BC ended the talk of best ever, but if those two get healthy they probably have an argument for deepest roster ever.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2009 11:46 am

Don't expect Ginyard to play; Zeller cast-free

If Ginyard isn't right by the NCAA tournament, the Tar Heels could have trouble. Since he is their defensive stopper, someone could have a big game and Carolina won't be able to stop it. They are talented enough to play through it but their offense better be clicking throughout.

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2009 5:50 am
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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2009 10:57 pm

Good stuff Gary

Appreciate the updates.

I wonder if Roy thinks part of the reason we lost to BC was having an ineffective Ginyard in the game -- those minutes could have been eaten better by Green or a flourishing Graves.

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