In what's already been a difficult, injury-filled season, North Carolina announced Friday morning that sophomore forward Ed Davis will be sidelined at least six weeks with a broken bone in his left wrist.
Davis broke the lunate bone in his left wrist when he fell to the floor in a collision with 9 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in Wednesday's 56-46 loss to Duke. He is the Tar Heels' leading rebounder and shot blocker, and their second-leading scorer.
His wrist will be immobilized for at least the next six weeks. Tests Thursday showed a fracture but not ligament damage. Surgery is not planned at this time.
North Carolina (13-11, 2-7 ACC), which has lost seven of its last eight games, plays host to N.C. State at 4 p.m. Saturday.
"We're all extremely disappointed for Ed and for our entire team," coach Roy Williams said. "It's hard to lose any starter, but when you lose someone likely for the rest of the season who does so many different things for your team it's a significant loss. . . .However, we have to band together and try to overcome this latest adversity caused by the injury."
Davis is one of three North Carolina players who are out with injuries. Sophomore Tyler Zeller has been out since the Clemson game on Jan. 13 with a stress fracture in his right foot. He is out until at least next week. Freshman Travis Wear missed the Duke missed Wednesday's game against Duke and is out indefinitely with a severely sprained left ankle. Davis is averaging 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, has blocked 64 shots and is shooting 57.8 percent from the floor this season. He leads the ACC in blocked shots, is second in rebounding and would be first in field goal percentage but he has not attempted enough shots to qualify for the conference leaders.