McCants to Miss NC State-UNC Game

CHAPEL HILL -- University of North Carolina forward Rashad McCants will not travel with the team to Raleigh for this evening's game against NC State due to an intestinal disorder, team medical officials announced today.

McCants was not feeling well in the February 13 game at Connecticut and missed much of the second half of the February 19 home game against Clemson due to an upset stomach.

The 6-4 junior from Asheville, N.C., is the second-ranked Tar Heels' leading scorer at 15.8 points per game. He has made a team-high 50 three-point field goals and is shooting 49.1 percent from the floor. McCants is third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in field goal percentage and 10th in scoring. He was the leading vote-getter on the 2004 All-ACC Team.

UNC basketball trainer Marc Davis says doctors will continue to monitor McCants, but they can't determine a timeline for his return to the lineup at this time.

"We will continue to keep a close watch on him and see how he responds to treatment," says Davis. "There's no way to know right now when we can expect him to be well enough to play."

"It's a tough break for Rashad, but his teammates know they have to raise the level of their games in his absence," says coach Roy Williams. "Of course it's a difficult time of year to lose a key player, but it's part of the game and we have to keep playing. I'm confident our guys will respond to the challenge."

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