UNC: Pinson out for No. 9 Tar Heels’ game Saturday at Miami

January 27, 2017
North Carolina's Theo Pinson (1) falls to the floor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Pinson injured his ankle and did not return to the game. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Ninth-ranked North Carolina won’t have swingman Theo Pinson for Saturday’s game at Miami because of an ankle injury.

The school announced Friday that the versatile junior won’t play after rolling his right ankle during Thursday’s win against Virginia Tech. The school says there’s no timetable for Pinson’s return and doctors are still evaluating the injury.

Pinson didn’t play after leaving during the first half, though team spokesman Steve Kirschner said at the time it was for precautionary reasons. Pinson later returned to the bench in street clothes.

Pinson missed the first 16 games after October surgery for a broken bone in the same foot. He is averaging 6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in six games for the Tar Heels (19-3, 7-1), who lead the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.


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