Tag:Marcus Ginyard
Posted on: February 4, 2009 2:30 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2009 3:05 pm

Dear Gary (on the loss of Ginyard)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: How badly do you think the Marcus Ginyard news hurts North Carolina?

-- Mitchell

There are two ways to look at this.

The first is that the announcement that Ginyard will sit the remainder of the season because of a foot injury means the North Carolina team everybody picked in the preseason to win the national title isn't the North Carolina team that'll actually be trying to win the national title. Remember all that talk about five starters returning? Well, one of those was Ginyard. So this is no longer the team that returned all five starters and added three McDonald's All-Americans, because one of those starters (Ginyard) and one of those McDonald's All-Americans (Tyler Zeller) are gone for the season.

That's tough to overcome.

On the other hand, it's not like Ginyard was hurt yesterday; he's played 37 minutes all season. So while this UNC team has been (somewhat) of a disappointment relative to its lofty expectations, it's still 20-2 and ranked third in the nation. Translation: Even without Ginyard, the Tar Heels are good enough to win the ACC, ACC tournament and NCAA tournament. To think otherwise would be silly. So yes, it will be more difficult, because Ginyard meant more to this team than most realized until after he was hurt. But I still think the Tar Heels are the favorites to win the national title, and so does Las Vegas, which is always a good sign.

-- ODDS TO WIN THE NATIONAL TITLE (per Sportsbook.com) --

  • North Carolina +250
  • Connecticut +450
  • Duke +800
  • Pittsburgh +1000
  • Louisville +1000
Posted on: January 10, 2009 9:28 pm

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

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.

Posted on: October 9, 2008 1:04 am

Dear Gary (on the impact of Ginyard's injury)

Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: With Marcus Ginyard out eight weeks following surgery, it seems Danny Green will be the starting small forward in the season-opener for North Carolina. Do you think he'll relegate his star sixth man role and remain a starter the rest of the season? Also, do you see Ginyard's early absence damaging the Heel's title hopes in any way shape or form, no matter how minimal?

PS: I also think you're amazing. Recently, that's seemed to help get people in your mailbag.

-- Soham

Assuming UNC is rolling along, playing well and undefeated heading into December with Danny Green in the starting lineup then I suspect Roy Williams will leave well enough alone. There would be no obvious reason to make a move under that scenario because it could A) alter team chemistry or B) frustrate Green, who probably feels like he ought to be starting anyway. So to answer your first question, yes, I think Green will remain a starter as long as North Carolina is clicking with him in the starting lineup.

As for your second question, no, I don't think Marcus Ginyard's absence will damage any title hopes.

He'll be back by the start of league play.

That's plenty of time to get ready for March.

Remember, Greg Oden didn't play for Ohio State until December two seasons ago, and that did nothing to damage the Buckeyes' title hopes. Plus (at the risk of stating the obvious), Ginyard isn't as important to UNC as Oden was to OSU. And ask yourself this question: If Ginyard would've transferred after last season, would the Tar Heels have still been everybody's preseason No. 1?

Answer: Of course.

So in the grand scheme of things, this is not a big deal.

But it is unfortunate, if only because it sucks when people get hurt.

PS: Thanks for the "amazing" comment. You're right, it helped ensure inclusion.

Posted on: October 8, 2008 3:27 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2008 3:31 pm

Ginyard out eight weeks after surgery

The nation's top-ranked team will start the season down a player because North Carolina senior Marcus Ginyard had surgery Wednesday to repair a stress fracture in his left foot that is expected to sideline him eight weeks.

Eight weeks from today is Dec. 3 -- meaning Ginyard should miss at least eight games, including the Maui Invitational. It's worth noting the Tar Heels play at Michigan State on Dec. 3 in what should be among their biggest non-league challenges. After that there is a nine-day break in action until North Carolina meets Oral Roberts on Dec. 13.

"You hate this for Marcus because he has worked so hard to get ready for his senior season," coach Roy Williams said in a statement released by the school. "But he decided it was better to have the surgery now and be ready sometime in December than risk a more substantial injury that would knock him out of action later in the season.”

Ginyard averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds while starting all 39 games last season.

It's expected that Danny Green, the nation's best sixth man, will move into the starting lineup in Ginyard's absence.

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