North Carolina will step out on the ACC road today for the first time this season, an act that is proving more perilous than usual.
Heels to hit road today
The Winston Salem Journal
Put aside North Carolina's unprecedented roster turnover. It doesn't change what Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg considers one of the universal truths in college basketball: "Carolina is Carolina."
Tar Heels' kids are doing the darndest things
The Greensboro News and Record
North Carolina freshman Marcus Ginyard often resembles a cornerback more than a shooting guard -- chasing, batting at the ball and trying to force an interception every time the basketball is thrown to his opponent.
His knack for successfully breaching rival passing lanes is one of the reasons coach Roy Williams says Ginyard may be the best freshman defender he has ever coached.
Ginyard gives Heels a stopper
The News and Observer
Sooner or later, people are going to realize that the Tar Heels may be young but they're pretty talented with Tyler Hansbrough and Bobby Frasor on the court. Most of the reports I read about that 82-69 win over N.C. State centered on the obvious -- Hansbrough's free throws and Frasor's second-half showing.
Did you notice what the Wolfpack shot -- 41 percent for the game?
Don't look beyond the Heels' 'D'
The Durham Herald-Sun
It's mid-January, college basketball fans. Do you know where your freshmen are?
At UNC, they're not hard to find: They're out on the floor.
Newest class of Tar Heels fills gap, finds playing time plentiful
The Virginian Pilot
North Carolina will have a different starting lineup tonight than the last time it played at Cassell Coliseum.
Virginia Tech will have a different lineup than the last time it played at Cassell, too.
Wynton Witherspoon will make his starting debut when the Hokies (10-5, 0-2 ACC) host No. 20 North Carolina (9-2, 1-0), the defending NCAA champ, at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN2.
Witherspoon, who fractured his left foot in October, said on Dec. 27 that he would play one more game and then sit out the rest of the season as a medical redshirt. But after scoring a career-high 19 points off the bench in Saturday's loss at Florida State, Witherspoon has changed his mind. He won't redshirt after all.
Hokies get help
The Roanoke Times
The going is slow for the Hokies, whose fortune has been so poor that the halfcourt shot Duke's Sean Dockery made at the buzzer to beat them last month hardly registers as a disappointment.
Greenberg said Monday that sophomore center Robert Krabbendam and freshman forward Terrance Vinson will redshirt this season with injuries, and senior forward Allen Calloway has played in just two games this season as he tries to recover from cancer.
Hokies' road is getting harder
The Durham Herald-Sun
"It can be kind of tough sometimes to try and focus, but in the whole scheme of things, you realize really how inconsequential this really is," Collins said. "We're just out there putting the ball in the hole, and you've got people who are just thankful for every day. We're lucky to be out there."
It's a perspective older than Collins' 19 years. It began forming almost a year ago, when his father, Jackson Collins, found out what was causing the blood clots and other health problems he'd been battling.
The Hampton Roads Daily Press
Here's how fragile the Virginia Tech men's basketball team is going into tonight's nationally televised game against No. 20 North Carolina at Cassell Coliseum: Hokies Coach Seth Greenberg didn't know if starting small forward Wynton Witherspoon would be able to play again this season until shortly before the team's practice yesterday.
Hokies Play Through Aches, Emotional Pain
The Washington Post