North Carolina starting forward Ed Davis is "very questionable" to play against N.C. State tonight, coach Roy Williams said. Davis also missed last Wednesday's loss to Wake Forest because of a sprained left ankle.
"If we had played the game yesterday, I would not have played him,'' Williams said Monday. "We have tried to get him involved in practice a little bit Saturday and a little bit Sunday, and he's not at the level that he can really push off that ankle, that he can jump off that leg. So it's very questionable whether he'll play tomorrow night. It would have to be, in my mind, a very significant improvement to be able to do that."
The Tar Heels, who have lost three straight and four of their past five, dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday for the first time since 2006, and Davis' potential absence doesn't help matters. He is the sixth UNC player to miss at least one game because of an injury; if he can't play, freshman Travis Wear is expected to start his second consecutive game.
"He doesn't feel good about planting the foot and pushing off going sideways," Williams said. " ... We didn't play him Wednesday night, and then Thursday he had more swelling again. A big factor has been trying to get the swelling down. It has been somewhat painful, but probably the other part of it is a lack of confidence in being able to plant and push and go laterally."