Marcus Ginyard is accustomed to doing a lot for North Carolina. Playing defense, grabbing tough rebounds, hitting the occasional 3-point shot -- they're all part of his myriad contributions. But a combination of conditions for a rebuilding team is making his workload this season the heaviest of his career. The strain seems to be showing every week now.
Ginyard carrying big load for UNC
The Winston Salem Journal
The No. 24 Tar Heels, who were dubbed the No. 1 frontcourt in the nation by SI.com before the season began, have struggled against physical big men this season, and it's a concern for Williams as his team hosts the sizable Demon Deacons tonight (7 p.m., ESPN) at the Smith Center.
Tar Heels could be without Davis vs. Deacons
The Durham Herald-Sun
North Carolina hosts Wake Forest tonight at the Smith Center in a game that may have more significance than either team would like to admit. Both the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons are coming off losses and can ill afford to slip much more in the up-for-grabs ACC standings.
UNC vs. Wake: Four things to watch for
The Fayetteville Observer
Wake Forest has back-to-back in-state trips for ACC games to Duke and North Carolina for the first time since the 1977-78 season. However, this is the first time the Demon Deacons have played these two teams in consecutive road games in this order. Wake Forest didn't play against North Carolina in Chapel Hill last season.
Demon Deacons return to Triangle as Tar Heels try to size up woes
The Burlington Times-News
In the last two losses, UNC starting forwards Deon Thompson and Ed Davis each averaged only eight points and six rebounds and attempted only a combined 10 free throws. They were consistently muscled out of the lane by Clemson and Georgia Tech's big men and often weren't in good position to begin with. When they did get the ball, they didn't make strong moves.
UNC coming up short
The News and Observer
North Carolina's harvest of three- and four-year players eventually reaped a successful run in the 2009 NCAA basketball tournament.
Yet, even with all that success, the Tar Heels hit some setbacks along the way. Now, the 2010 team is undergoing its own struggles, but if the players stay determined, accept future recruits as family members, work to achieve as a team and not as individuals, then these guys also may one day hoist the ultimate trophy in college basketball.
Growth can be painful
The Chapel Hill News
Freshman Ari Stewart of Wake Forest had a performance last week against Maryland that was utterly Randolphian.
Deacons' Stewart will shoot away
The Winston-Salem Journal