Friday, January 30, 2009

Ginyard will miss seventh straight game

CHAPEL HILL -- After watching Florida State's Toney Douglas drop 32 points during fifth-ranked North Carolina's down-to-the-wire victory on Wednesday, it's clear the Tar Heels are still missing a perimeter defender.

And it sounds like they won't be getting him back any time soon.

Senior Marcus Ginyard will miss his seventh straight game Saturday, at N.C. State, coach Roy Williams said Friday. And since the wing hasn't returned to practice yet, it seems unlikely he will play against Maryland or Virginia this week.

Ginyard had surgery on his left foot in October, and missed the first 11 games of the season before playing in three.

"He's still having pain, and that's the bottom line,'' Williams said.

"We're going to get together hopefully next week and talk to the doctors and see where it stands. He has done a great job; when he came back and started practice, I think he was at 230, and he's 218 now, so I'm hopeful that's helped him a great deal, too."

If Ginyard does not play in another game this season, he could apply for a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility. But Williams indicated they have not ruled out a return this year.

— Robbi Pickeral