Meeks a Game-Time Decision

LOS ANGELES – North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks’s status for Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup with No. 1 seed Wisconsin may not be determined until shortly before tip.

Meeks, who suffered a MCL sprain in his left knee in UNC’s win over Arkansas on Saturday, participated in practice on a limited basis on Wednesday.

“We don’t know anything about Kennedy,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporters at the Staples Center. “This morning he did some contact on a limited basis for the first time…

“The big thing now is we’ll have to wait to see if there’s any more swelling or any pain tonight for what little he did this morning. If there is swelling or pain tonight, we won’t play him. If there’s not, then we’ll probably make the decision during warm-ups tomorrow.”

Meeks also participated in the non-contact portion of UNC’s practice on Tuesday at USC’s practice facility. He wore a brace on his left knee during the Tar Heels’ shootaround at the Staples Center on Wednesday.

The sophomore forward said he’s worked extensively with strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian this week, including pool work up to three times a day.

“It’s still sore,” Meeks said. “It’s not really pain. It’s just really soreness. There’s a little swelling when I wake up in the morning, but it usually goes down throughout the day.”

When asked if would play on Thursday, Meeks replied: “Hopefully.”

Meeks is averaging 11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds on the season.




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