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UNC's Kennedy Meeks continues to be evaluated after knee injury

Arkansas Bobby Portis (10) and North Carolinas Kennedy Meeks (3) eye a loose ball during the second half in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Arkansas Bobby Portis (10) and North Carolinas Kennedy Meeks (3) eye a loose ball during the second half in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. rwillett@newsobserver.com

Doctors are further evaluating the knee injury that Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina's sophomore forward, sustained on Saturday and it's unclear if Meeks will play on Thursday against Wisconsin, UNC coach Roy Williams said on Monday.

Meeks suffered the injury – what Williams again called a “sprained knee” – late in the Tar Heels' victory against Arkansas on Saturday in the NCAA tournament. The win sends UNC, a No. 4 seed, to the West Regional in Los Angeles.

It's unclear when Meeks, who has started 31 of UNC's 36 games, might play again. Meeks has already had an MRI, Williams said, and Meeks was scheduled on Monday afternoon to meet with a doctor to discuss the results of the MRI.

“I don't expect that we'll know anything unless something really bad came out (of the MRI),” Williams said. “For the next couple of days. If he doesn't practice (on Monday), he can still play. But if he doesn't practice Wednesday, it'll be hard to play on Thursday.”

Williams said that when he approached Meeks on the court on Saturday, Meeks told him that he heard a “pop” from his left knee when he sustained the injury. Williams on Monday said he saw Meeks “walking around on campus.”

“He was going to class,” Williams said. “So that's all I can tell you. He got treatment yesterday. He got in the pool yesterday. It feels a lot better than he did after the game. I know that. But I think anything else would just be pure conjecture and guesstimate.”

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