Roy Williams may have to figure that one out quickly, as Marcus Ginyard will miss yet another game against Virginia Tech on Sunday, and Will Graves and Leslie McDonald are questionable for the game as well. The already perimeter-thin Heels will be without both Ginyard and Graves, two experienced wing players, for the 2nd straight game. Ginyard will now have missed four consecutive games.
As for Graves and McDonald, ACC Now offers this insight:
"If we played today, they would not play,'' coach Roy Williams said. "If we played tomorrow, they would not play. .... So we'll just have to wait and see."
Missing the ACC opener is unfortunate, since McDonald appeared to be finding his stroke a little bit, and Graves seemed to respond well since his benching a few games ago. Ginyard's persistent injury is worrisome, however, given the fact that he already lost an entire season to injury last year.
Anyone else notice the parallel to football season, where the team's weakest asset (offensive line in football, perimeter players in basketball), already thin, is depleted by injury?
But the big injury news is that Roy Williams will apparently lose the sling for the VT game.
The Hokies may have a key injury of their own, as Malcolm Delaney, the ACC's leading scorer, has missed practice this week nursing a bad ankle and is a game-time decision for VT.