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North Carolina’s Armando Bacot to be ‘out a while’

Ohio State v North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 04: Teammates help Armando Bacot #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels off of the floor after he was injured during the first half of their game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Dean Smith Center on December 04, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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North Carolina’s freshman center Armando Bacot suffered a left ankle injury in the first half of Wednesday night’s game against Ohio State and did not return.

Bacot, who came down on a defender’s foot and had to be helped off of the floor, immediately when back to the locker.

“It was swollen by the time he got to the locker room,” coach Roy Williams said. “My guess is he’ll be out a while.”

The 6-foot-10 Bacot was averaging 11.7 points and 9.6 boards and was coming off of his best game of the season, when he posted 23 points, 12 boards and six blocks while playing a season-high 30 minutes against Oregon.