The injury bug continues to bite North Carolina – hard. Starting point guard Larry Drew II and starting forward Ed Davis did not practice on Monday, and their statuses are uncertain for Wednesday’s game against Wake Forest.
Drew hyper-extended his knee and Davis sprained his left ankle during Saturday’s loss against Georgia Tech, coach Roy Williams said.
They are just the newest injuries in a slate of twists, turns, breaks and pains that have sidelined five other players – including reserve forward Tyler Zeller, who is out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured foot – for at least one game.
“It’s the most unsettled team I’ve had, just the nagging injuries, and taking people out of games,’’ Williams said. “The last three years, we’ve had more injuries than any other five or six years that I’ve ever had as a coach. So lineup changes have been a lot, just because of that right there.”
Williams said Davis’ hurt ankle, which was re-taped during the game, likely contributed to his output.
“ I think it really limited his effectiveness, needless to say, in the second half,’’ Williams said. “Ed Davis didn’t get a rebound from the 15-minute mark through the rest of the game, and he’s one of the best rebounders that I’ve ever coached.”