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Pinson out against Pitt, but Roy Williams ‘hopeful’ about his status

Roy Williams: “We got a big lift from Theo”

Video: North Carolina coach Roy Williams talks about the Tar Heels’ win over Florida State and the play of Theo Pinson on Saturday, January 14, at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Video: North Carolina coach Roy Williams talks about the Tar Heels’ win over Florida State and the play of Theo Pinson on Saturday, January 14, at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The news about Theo Pinson is that there is no news. He won’t play against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said, and he continues to be evaluated.

“I do not have any more information,” Williams said on Monday during the weekly ACC coaches teleconference. “I think we’re getting more information later today but I’m not positive about that. But he will not play tomorrow night.”

Pinson, the Tar Heels’ versatile junior 6-6 forward, endured a right ankle injury during UNC’s victory against Virginia Tech last Thursday. He left that game midway through the first half and did not return.

He did not play in UNC’s defeat against Miami on Saturday, and instead watched that game from the bench while he wore a suit and a protective boot over his right foot. Pinson has an unfortunate history of foot injuries.

He broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot weeks before the start of this season. He broke that bone in his left foot twice before, too – once in high school and again during his freshman season at UNC. Williams on Monday said he was “hopeful” that Pinson would be able to return soon.

“Well, I am hopeful,” he said, “but I don’t know how you grade it. I’m hopeful that we’ll get him back but again, I don’t have enough information right now to base that on other than I’d love to have him back because I think he adds so much to our team.”

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