If North Carolina gets into trouble today, Marcus Ginyard might have to help point the way to safety.
Stepping In: UNC's Ginyard may be asked to play point guard
The Winston-Salem Journal
The Specialist showed up in full force at the Smith Center three nights ago.
Will Graves, whose nickname in this case originated from a vivacious public address announcer bellowing throughout Greensboro Dudley High School games, pumped in 14 points during North Carolina's last outing.
Graves displays rapid-fire ability off Tar Heels' bench
The Burlington Times-News
After Valparaiso had rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the score Sunday night, the Tar Heels scored 27 of the next 29 points to pull away for an easy, 90-58 win at the Smith Center.
"When we play the way we can, we are capable of going off to 19-2 runs, scoring 50 points in 15 minutes," said junior wing Marcus Ginyard.
Problem is, North Carolina doesn't always play the way it's capable. Twelve days earlier, Williams was infuriated with poor defense in an 88-78 win against Nicholls State.
That's why it's difficult to evaluate top-ranked North Carolina, which is 13-0 entering tonight's final pre-ACC test against Kent State. The Tar Heels have passed every test, but haven't played a team ranked in the current Associated Press Top 25.
Tar Heels' streak to 13-0 hard to gauge
The Charlotte Observer
Most of North Carolina's home opponents knew what was coming. Iona, South Carolina State, Nicholls State, UC-Santa Barbara, Nevada and Valparaiso may have had dreams of stunning the top-ranked Tar Heels in the Smith Center -- hey, Gardner-Webb won in Kentucky's Rupp Arena, right? -- but coaches aren't delusional.
Is it worth the pain? Overmatched opponents relish opportunity to face top-ranked UNC
The Durham Herald-Sun
Luck is the residue of hard work and preparation. If getting a chance to play No. 1 North Carolina is lucky, then Kent State's men's basketball team has several seasons of work and preparation to show for it.
Kent is no stranger to high-profile game
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The perennial power Tar Heels own such a mystique, Scott and the Golden Flashes need to take care not to get caught up in it. Not while Kent State (10-2) takes its No. 37 RPI and seven-game winning streak to Chapel Hill to face the top-ranked Tar Heels (13-0) tonight in a nationally televised game on ESPN.
Tar Heels will keep Flashes on toes
The Akron Beacon Journal