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North Carolina’s Williams likely out for the year

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CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 16: Kenny Williams #24 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on January 16, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Roy Williams told reporters after No. 10 North Carolina’s 97-73 win at N.C. State that sophomore guard Kenny Williams will likely be out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury that requires surgery.

The injury is not an ACL, Roy said, but it should keep him off of the court for four-to-six weeks, and at this point in the season, four-to-six weeks takes us to the start of the NCAA tournament.

The good news for UNC is that both Isaiah Hicks and, more importantly, Theo Pinson played on Wednesday, but losing Williams means that the Tar Heels will be without one of their best perimeter shooters and a guy that Roy Williams said is the teams best perimeter defender.

Williams was averaging 6.2 points this season.