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North Carolina reserve P.J. Hairston, who sat out Saturday’s overtime win over Virginia Tech because of a concussion, is doubtful to play Tuesday against Wake Forest because of the flu, coach Roy Williams said Monday.
“Yesterday, when I left practice, I thought that he would practice [today],’’ Williams said during the ACC’s morning conference call. “But last night, he got a little flu bug, and he [was] throwing up last night and this morning, and they’ve got him over at the hospital right now with some IVs, and I think that will postpone some of the things that he can do today in practice. I’m not saying that he’s not going to play, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”
Hairston, who is averaging 12.4 ppg this season, suffered a concussion last Tuesday at Boston College when teammate Dexter Strickland accidentally elbowed him in the head during a mid-air collision.
After Sunday afternoon’s practice, Williams said he left the Smith Center “enthused” because Hairston was able to move around and do some shooting. But that enthusiasm didn’t last long.
“The thing I wasn’t enthused about was that Desmond [Hubert, UNC's starting center] was laying over there against the goal support because he was sick and throwing up yesterday, and James Michael [McAdoo, UNC's starting forward] didn’t practice because he hurt his back at the end of the game, and one of our other players was going to the bathroom -- more information that you guys need to know -- about every 10 minutes.
“So I think it’s just going through our team right now. I was very enthused when I left practice at 6 o'clock yesterday, then when I came in this morning and found out what kind of night P.J. had, and then talked to him over at the hospital -- so I’m not enthused at all right now.”
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