The longest three months of Marcus Ginyard's basketball career came to a patience-stretching end Sunday night. Ginyard, a 6-5 senior at North Carolina, played for the first time this season after undergoing surgery Oct. 8 to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. Seldom had he found running the floor at the Smith Center and breaking a sweat so gratifying. He saw only 11 minutes of action in North Carolina's 97-75 win over Rutgers, but he was elated to be on the floor with his teammates and finally helping out.
Tar Heels glad that Ginyard is playing
The Winston-Salem Journal
Marcus Ginyard's preseason foot surgery created a vacancy in North Carolina's starting lineup, which former sixth man Danny Green has filled with higher quantities of his versatile brand of across-the-board production.
So now that Ginyard has returned to action, will he be reinserted among the Tar Heels' first string? After all, the defensive stopper started all 39 games last season, when North Carolina marched to the Final Four.
Tar Heels take time in finding Ginyard's role
The Burlington Times-News
Wayne Ellington usually is not one for New Year's resolutions.
This New Year's is different.
This New Year's Ellington is more than happy to swear off some of his bad habits and make a fresh start.
How is he going to change?
"Start knocking down more shots," Ellington said.
Ellington has plans for new year
The Durham Herald-Sun
For the fourth time in six seasons, the Nevada basketball team will face the No. 1 team in the country. But the Wolf Pack has never had a challenge quite like this one.
When Nevada laces 'em up at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Lawlor Events Center, standing on the other side of the court will be a North Carolina team that has steam-rolled its foes in piling up a 12-0 record.
A pair of Wolf Pack players said recently that Nevada would have to play a perfect game to walk away with a win against a UNC team as talented, deep and experienced as the college game has seen in years.
Nevada gets the ultimate test
The Reno Gazette-Journal
On any other team in the country, he would be the star. He would be the guy grabbing the headlines and getting all the photo shoots.
But when the reigning national player of the year is on your team, sometimes the recognition doesn't always pour in your direction.
Still, ask anybody who watches the North Carolina basketball team about point guard Ty Lawson and they start to gush.
Speed kills when it comes to North Carolina's Lawson
The Reno Gazette-Journal
Growing up in Arlington, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C., Kendall Marshall dreamed of playing for North Carolina's Tar Heels.
"We were a family that really liked North Carolina," he said. "We were always watching them on TV."
So when Marshall blossomed into one of the nation's best high school point guards and Tar Heel coach Roy Williams offered him a scholarship before his junior season, it didn't take long for Marshall to take it.
UNC recruit always loved Tar Heels
The Charlotte Observer