Meeks Questionable vs. Wisconsin

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Kennedy Meeks, who sprained his left knee late in North Carolina's 87-78 victory over Arkansas on Saturday, did not practice on Monday and is questionable for Thursday's Sweet 16 matchup with No. 1 seed Wisconsin.

Meeks met with the team doctor to discuss his MRI results on Monday afternoon.

"It's not good," UNC head coach Roy Williams said on his radio show on Monday night. " He did not practice today. We don't know what's going to be later in the week. He did not practice today at all. We'll just have to wait and see. They're not completely ruling him out, and they're not saying that he can play. I don't think - if you will let me say it that way - I don't think we'll have him, but we'll just have to wait and see."

The sophomore forward was injured in the aftermath of a play in which Nate Britt drove into the lane and was called for a charge. After Arkansas' Anthlon Bell fell into his leg, Meeks collapsed to the floor near the baseline and immediately grabbed his left knee.

The fourth-seeded Tar Heels will face No. 1 seed Wisconsin and its All-American center Frank Kaminsky in the West Region semifinals on Thursday night in L.A.

"If he doesn’t practice today, he can still play, but if he doesn’t practice Wednesday, it will be hard to play on Thursday," Williams said during his press conference earlier on Monday.

Meeks, who underwent treatment and spent time in the pool on Sunday, told his head coach that he heard a pop when the collision occurred with 3:19 to play. Williams indicated that while he didn't see the injury when it happened, he felt better once Meeks has able to stand up and walk off the court without any help.

UNC lost forwards Desmond Hubert and Sasha Seymore to torn ACLs earlier this season.

“I didn’t feel good because I didn’t think we’d get him back for the rest of the game, but I felt at that time it wasn't similar to what Desmond did and it wasn’t similar to what Sasha did," Williams said.

Meeks, who was mired in foul trouble, scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 15 minutes of play against Arkansas. He's averaging 11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds on the season, though illness and injury has played a part in him averaging only 7.1 points over the last eight games.

Meeks exits the Smith Center on Monday (courtesy GoHeelsTV)

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