Friday, February 12, 2010

Tar Heels struggling to find big bodies

Remember when North Carolina's frontcourt was going to be the strength of its team? With sophomore Ed Davis out for six weeks -- essentially, the rest of the season -- with a broken bone on his left wrist, the Tar Heels are going to be scrambling for big bodies when they play N.C. State on Saturday.

Reserve 7-footer Tyler Zeller, who has already been sidelined five weeks with a broken bone in his right foot, isn't due to return until the end of next week at the earliest. Reserve freshman forward Travis Wear is still out with a severely sprained ankle, and wont play against the Wolfpack.

That leaves normal starter Deon Thompson at one slot in the post, David Wear or John Henson (who has recently moved from small forward to power forward) starting in the other slot, and Will Graves (usually the starting small forward) to fill in.

The Tar Heels enter Saturday's game with the Wolfpack on a four-game losing streak, and 2-7 in the ACC.

Davis will be the seventh UNC player this season to miss at least one game because of injury. In addition to Zeller and Travis Wear, senior Marcus Ginyard missed four games because of a sore foot, then sprained ankle; freshman Dexter Strickland missed a game because of a hamstring injury; and Graves and reserve sophomore Justin Watts each missed a game because of sprained ankles.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have an idea why don't you focus on your home town team a top their conference rather than worring about a team that probably won't even make it to the NIT tournament..just a thought

Bird said...

Hey Anonymous @ 12:40, I have an idea why:

Because NOBODY CARES about that team. Is that not painfully obvious to you yet? Every time UNC-C gets a couple wins in that high-school conference, you people start beating your chests like you're the second coming of UCLA in the 70's. (Oh, and you lost to Dayton the other night). So please, spare us...

Anonymous said...

That's a shame. Looks like karma has caught up to Ol Roy and UNC-CH. I wonder what happens next to such a deserving bunch of arrogant crybabies?

Anonymous said...

Who cares about the UNC Chapel Hill. They suck, just that simple! UNC Charlotte is heading to the NCAA tourney. Go Niners!!!

Anonymous said...

I'll always be a tar heel and ACC fan but great point about the 49er coverage. They ARE the local team and should get more coverage than they do; particularly now when they are doing so well. Be nice to see a more prominent mention of them as well as a reminder on televised game days to tune in.

On a separate topic, what is it with all the hating going on. Be humble winners and classy losers. If you need to brag or hate on someone rmember what goes around comes around. Someday you'll be winner and some day a loser. How will you handle it?

Anonymous said...

UNC will be back next year... Winning 30 games... Count on it