North Carolina may get one Wear twin back in the lineup Wednesday against Florida State. But it will be missing the other.
Basketball coach Roy Williams said Monday that freshman forward Travis Wear, who has missed four games with a sprained left ankle, could play against the Seminoles (19-7, 7-5 ACC), depending on how he fares in practice today. But brother David, who was limited to eight minutes of playing time in Saturday's loss at Boston College, is out because of an injured left hip.
"To be honest with you, we may have lost David for the rest of the season ... it's a possible labrum tear in his hip, and we don't feel real good about it," Williams said during his Monday night radio show.
David Wear underwent tests Monday night, "so we'll find out late tomorrow night about David," Williams added.
"They're going to do some tests ... tonight," Williams said earlier during the ACC coaches' teleconference. "I don't think we'll have David Wednesday unless things really change."
David Wear was averaging a modest 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. However, with starting forward Ed Davis out for the rest of the season with a broken wrist and reserve forward Tyler Zeller out the previous 10 games with a broken bone in his right foot before returning Saturday, the Tar Heels had been relying on Wear for 10.4 minutes a game.
North Carolina (14-13, 3-9), which probably will have to win the ACC Tournament in order to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, has lost nine of its past 11 games.
Williams said he didn't think there was one specific incident that caused David Wear's injury.
"He's been having some clicking feeling, sound, in his hip, and it's been bothering him a little while ... It's just been bothering him for the last week," Williams said. "Friday, it bothered him during stretching. It was not with a basketball, it was not 5-on-5, it wasn't even 2-on-2. It started bothering him, hurting him a great deal, during the stretching. We took him out and held him out the rest of the way."
Travis Wear was averaging 3.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 11 minutes before his injury, and his return would be particularly important if his brother - older by a minute - is a no-go.
"[If] we can get him into contact things tomorrow, there's a chance that he could play," Williams said. "But knowing that last week, we got 'Z' [Zeller] in for one day of contact things the day before we played, and I didn't play him at Georgia Tech. So it's still up in the air as to whether we'd do it with Travis."
David Wear will be the eighth Tar Heel to miss at least one game this season because of injury. In addition to Travis Wear, Zeller and Davis, senior Marcus Ginyard missed four games because of a sore foot and sprained ankle, freshman Dexter Strickland missed a game because of a hamstring injury, and starter Will Graves and reserve sophomore Justin Watts each missed a game with a sprained ankle.
"It has been a difficult year, and one of the most difficult years I've ever had from an injury standpoint to get settled on a lineup, or settled on a substitution pattern, or even settled on who's going to dress and not dress,'' Williams said. "It's gotten a little ridiculous."