North Carolina’s Theo Pinson ruled OUT, no timetable on return

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Since Theo Pinson has returned from a broken right foot, the North Carolina Tar Heels are a perfect 6-0.

Unfortunately for Roy Williams, life without the junior has re-emerged.

Per a press release, Pinson is ruled out from tomorrow’s contest at Miami. Last night, the 6’6″ forward rolled his ankle during North Carolina’s 91-72 victory over Virginia Tech. No timetable exists for how long his absence will last.

Pinson, who has provided a breath of fresh air to an already great National Championship contender, was averaging 6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.2 steals in just 16.2 minutes per game this season. The in-state product showcased his talents on the biggest stage, an ESPN showdown versus #9 Florida State, with 12 points and 10 rebounds on January 14. Most profoundly, the Tar Heels own a plus/minus of +116 when he is on the floor (statistic via Jones Angell).

Over his collegiate career, Pinson has struggled to stay healthy. In three seasons, the 6’6″ junior has missed 30+ games with injuries ranging from a broken metatarsal to a broken foot. This total will only grow higher with his current ailment.

Thankfully, if you are a Tar Heels’ fan, North Carolina’s next two opponents own a conference mark under .500. The powerhouse from Chapel Hill faces Miami on Saturday prior to hosting Pittsburgh on Tuesday. However, looking past the next two, North Carolina finishes conference play with six games versus teams currently ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 25. 

Thus, “the energizer bunny from Greensboro” will be needed to keep UNC atop the ACC.

North Carolina is 19-3 overall, 7-1 in conference play.

– P. Wesner