North Carolina To Start Hoops Year Without Key Player

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Oct. 8, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's basketball team will
begin the upcoming season without one of its most versatile
players. Swingman Marcus Ginyard is expected to be out eight weeks
after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.

Coach Roy Williams says it's better to have Ginyard back in
December rather than risk injuring the foot further. Ginyard was the Tar Heels' defensive player of the year last season and helped lead them to their first Final Four since winning the 2005 national championship. He started all 39 games, averaging 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds.

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