Meadowlands: Still No Report on UNC Mascot

By David Scott - March 25, 2007

We asked UNC sports information director Steve Kirschner for an update on the critically injured Tar Heel mascot, Jason Ray, but he had no new information to report beyond that he believed Ray was still in critical condition at a nearby hospital. Adam Lucas has a wonderful tribute to Ray.

. . . Officials for today's game will be Curtis B. Shaw, Michael Scyphers, John M. Higgins and standby official Zelton D. Steed. The crew will have a big impact on the game tonight, as the Hoyas have a distinct size and bulk advantage on the front line and if they are allowed to be physical, it will be a boon to the Hoyas' hopes.

. . . Probable starting line-ups have been distributed and UNC's Reyshawn Terry is not in the Tar Heel list, again replaced by Marcus Ginyard, who would be getting his second straight start after not starting all season long.

The probables look like this:

For UNC, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, Ginyard, Brandan Wright and Tyler Hansbrough. That line-up goes 5-11, 6-4, 6-5, 6-9 and 6-9.

For Georgetown, Jonathan Wallace, Jessie Sapp, Roy HIbbert, DaJuan Summers and Jeff Green. That line-up goes 6-1, 6-3, 7-2, 6-8 and 6-9.

There's not a senior in the bunch as the Tar Heels have three frosh and two sophs; and the Hoyas have three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman.

. . . A chant of "Let's Go Hoyas" was started with 43:00 left on the pre-game clock by a rowdy group of Hoya faithful in the upper, 206/207 section of the arena. There is also one very loud young man who will very likely not have any voice left for the game. He's been hurling insults at any UNC player he can identify.

. . . John Thompson the elder is engaged in a courtside conversation with William Rhoden of the New York Times as Thompson readies to go on air for the radio boradcast with his partner Dave Sims.

. . . It's once again looking like a pro-Tar Heel crowd with lots of sky blue in the stands already.

Posted by David Scott at 04:29 PM on March 25, 2007

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