Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ginyard wants top NCAA seed in East

The NCAA tournament still is more than a month away, but North Carolina forward Marcus Ginyard can’t help looking ahead to who will get the No. 1 seed for the East Regional.

At dinner Tuesday night, Ginyard was discussing the topic with injured teammate Bobby Frasor. North Carolina (ranked No. 4 in the current Associated Press poll) and Duke (No. 3) are leading contenders for that coveted No. 1 seed along with Memphis and Tennessee.

The East Regional will be held in Charlotte at Bobcats Arena. Ginyard wants North Carolina to play there and in Raleigh at the RBC Center for first- and second-round games.

“I think it’s going to come down to Duke and North Carolina, and I’d hate more than anything for them to have it if we don’t,” Ginyard said Wednesday.

Ginyard said he ought to mention that to the team. Playing close to home in front of friendly crowds would be a huge advantage if the Tar Heels are going to meet their goal of advancing to the Final Four.

So it’s not too early to start talking about it. – Ken Tysiac