LAS VEGAS -- What might be worse for top-ranked (for now) North Carolina than losing to UNLV 90-80 Saturday night?
Having All-American forward Harrison Barnes leave Orleans Arena on crutches.
The sophomore forward rolled his right ankle late in the first half scrambling on the sideline for a loose ball. He immediately flashed the tired signal and went to the bench. Although he waved off the trainer, he had a towel over his head for several minutes, before eventually returning to the game.
A team spokesman said the crutches were a precautionary measure, and Barnes will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Chapel Hill.
Barnes made only 6 of 16 shots during the Tar Heels' first loss of the season, finishing with 15 points and 5 rebounds.