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Ginyard Out Eight Weeks

Posted by Zach on October 8, 2008

North Carolina senior Marcus Ginyard, a standout defensive player who also chipped in with 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season, will miss eight weeks of action starting today. This means coach Roy Williams will be without Ginyard’s services for the entire Maui Invitational, where they could meet Notre Dame in the final, and the clash with Michigan State at Ford Field. Ginyard emerged as a steady presence in Williams’ starting lineup last season as a shutdown defender. Danny Green will step in until December when Ginyard returns.

Will North Carolina even miss a beat with this injury? Probably not. Green is the best sixth man in the country and is incredibly gifted offensively. The improvement of Wayne Ellington defensively will loom large. If he can contribute more effectively on both ends of the floor, Tar Heel fans won’t even notice Ginyard is missing. Still, this is good news for Raymar Morgan.

Ginyard will have surgery Wednesday to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. They’re hoping to have him return for their December 13 home game with Oral Roberts and at 100% for conference season, where UNC looks to outlast Duke, Wake Forest and Miami for the ACC title.

“You hate this for Marcus because he has worked so hard to get ready for his senior season,” coach Roy Williams said in a statement released by the school. “But he decided it was better to have the surgery now and be ready sometime in December than risk a more substantial injury that would knock him out of action later in the season.”

They’re still clearly the number one team in the nation heading into the season.

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