Coach Roy Williams made a risky move last week that helped North Carolina recover from a beating and win a home game.
The Tar Heels will have a chance today to see if the change in point guards also helps them win on the road when they play at Miami.
Marshall replaces Drew at point guard for Tar Heels
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina returns to the court tonight against Miami (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) after a eight-day break just four games into the ACC portion of its schedule, but the time off seems to have come at just the right time for the Tar Heels.
Break is over
The Durham Herald-Sun
With the building darkened, highlight plays booming from the video boards and the school band’s drumline tapping out a customary beat, North Carolina’s starters were presented in resoundingly familiar fashion prior to its most recent game.
Then came a departure from the norm that many Tar Heels fans have clamored for.
Freshman understudy Kendall Marshall replaced junior Larry Drew II at point guard.
Marshall takes increased role as Tar Heels make tweaks
The Burlington Times-News
The North Carolina men’s basketball team had an eventful, but ultimately safe, trip to Miami on Tuesday night.
According to FoxSportsSouth.com, the Tar Heels charter flight from RDU Airport encoutered severe thunderstorms as it approached a landing in South Florida around 10 p.m.
The plane landed safely, but not before some scary minutes for the players, who relayed their fears via Twitter.
Heels have bumpy ride into Miami
The Durham Herald-Sun
Roughly three months ago, Patricia Williams had cataracts surgery in an attempt to watch her grandson, freshman Reggie Bullock, play in a North Carolina uniform.
She never made it to a college game before she passed away on Jan. 7, "but I just knew that every game I was playing, she was there, watching," Bullock said earlier this week. "And I know she still is."
Bullock's play honors his grandmother
The Charlotte Observer
Roy Williams finally made the move many North Carolina fans have been clamoring for over much of the last two seasons.
Replacing junior point guard Larry Drew II with freshman Kendall Marshall in the Tar Heels' starting lineup in UNC's last game (a 75-65 win against Clemson last week) was a tough call for the veteran coach.
Freshman replaces Drew in UNC starting lineup
The Asheville Citizen-Times
If North Carolina is going to improve its ACC cellar-dwelling 64 percent free-throw percentage, it may want to start tonight against Miami.
Through the Hurricanes’ first five conference games, Miami has lost four by an average of 5.5 points per game. Miami knows how to keep its games close, but the difference in the end has been a few clutch free throws.
UNC basketball’s next foe, Miami, is used to playing tight games
The Daily Tar Heel
Wednesday night, the Canes (12-7, 1-4 ACC) will have another opportunity to climb out of their hole when they host third-place North Carolina (13-5, 3-1) in a 7:30 tip-off at BankUnited Center. But they will likely be even thinner in the frontcourt than they were for their past two games.
Miami Hurricanes’ Frank Haith accentuates the positives
The Miami Herald