North Carolina's Marcus Ginyard is keeping basketball games simple now. And Coach Roy Williams thinks that makes Ginyard a better player and UNC a stronger team.
UNC's Ginyard elevating his game
The Winston-Salem Journal
Roy Williams, delving into his own brand of sideline psychology, looked at Marcus Ginyard during a recent timeout and told him he doesn't have to be anybody but himself.
Defense-minded Ginyard starts scoring for Tar Heels
The Burlington Times-News
Green was the one who regaled the media last season about how the Tar Heels likened road victories to "taking brownies" from the other team. He talked about how teammate Marcus Ginyard yelled, "We're going to take somebody's brownies!" just before UNC stepped onto the opposing team's floor.
It was a great story, except for one problem. It wasn't meant to be shared outside the Tar Heels' locker room.
UNC's Green keeps no secrets
The Greensboro News-Record
One of the dictums Roy Williams repeats most frequently is that he's never seen a bad defensive team reach the Final Four.
"I never have -- never," North Carolina's coach said again last week. "I think that we've got to understand [that] to be the kind of team that wants to have dreams about Final Fours and national championships -- which I want our teams to have -- they've got to understand it's not going to happen 'til they get that and they develop that.
UNC hopes defense takes no holiday
The Durham Herald-Sun
For the third time in the last five seasons, the Nevada basketball team will play the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.
This one is different for Mark Fox, because it reaches deep into his coaching roots. When Tar Heels' coach Roy Williams was at Kansas, he had Fox looking over his shoulder for a season.
TAKING ON NO. 1
The Reno Gazette Journal
For the third time in five years, Nevada will face the No. 1 team in the nation.
Nevada, which has won five straight games to improve to 7-4 overall, travels to the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. to play the top-ranked and undefeated North Carolina Tar Heels today.
Wolf Pack faces No. 1 team in country
The Lahontan Valley News
When the University of Nevada men's basketball team plays North Carolina today in Chapel Hill, one person watching the game on television will be Len Stevens, former Wolf Pack coach.
Steven's Wolf Pack played North Carolina at Lawlor Events Center on Dec. 30, 1987, and then returned to Chapel Hill the following season for a Feb. 21, 1989, game
Former Wolf Pack coach remembers the first North Carolina game
The Lahontan Valley News