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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he’s unsure whether sophomore P.J. Hairston will play at No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday night after suffering an injury to his left knee in practice.
Williams said Hairston was hurt during Sunday’s practice and was being evaluated Monday. Senior guard Dexter Strickland said the injury occurred during a dribbling drill and that he doesn’t expect Hairston to be ready for the Hoosiers.
Team spokesman Steve Kirschner says Hairston has a mild sprain.
Hairston is third on the team in scoring at 10.8 points off the bench and is shooting 35 percent from 3-point range.
The No. 14 Tar Heels’ trip to Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge will be their fifth straight game away from home, including three games at last week’s Maui Invitational.
Pitt suspends Zeigler for DUI
PITTSBURGH — Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon has indefinitely suspended junior transfer Trey Zeigler, who apologized for being charged with drunken driving after police said he was found passed out behind the wheel early Sunday.
Dixon issued a statement Monday calling the incident “not only surprising, but incredibly disappointing” and “out of character” for Zeigler, who transferred to Pitt this season from Central Michigan after his father was fired as coach there in March.
Zeigler also issued a statement through the team apologizing for his actions and saying “this is not indicative of the kind of person I am, nor the kind of person I want to be.”
The 21-year-old shooting guard’s legal name is Ernest Zeigler III. Zeigler has averaged 6.2 points for the Panthers this season. Zeigler was able to play for Pitt this season because the NCAA granted him a special transfer waiver in light of his father’s firing.
Louisville’s Dieng sidelined
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville announced that junior center Gorgui Dieng is out four to six weeks with a broken left wrist.
Dieng will have a screw inserted into his scaphoid bone Tuesday at the Kleinert Kutz Hand Center. The 6-foot-11 junior broke his wrist on Friday against Missouri.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said in a statement Monday that “with a little luck” Dieng will return for the start of Louisville’s Big East schedule in January.
Dieng fell taking a charge during the Cardinals’ 84-61 victory in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. He returned with his wrist taped and played 24 total minutes but missed Saturday’s loss to Duke.
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