North Carolina coach Roy Williams admits he's "scared to death" over the outlookforstar point guard Joel Berry IIleading up to Saturday's Final Four game against Oregon.
Berryrolled his leftankle on a drive to the basket about five minutes into Sunday's75-73 win over Kentucky and limpedto the locker room. Hereturned before the end of the first half, but was clearly hobbled, shooting 4 of 12 to finishwith 11 points in 33 minutes.
The junior was already playing with a right ankle that was less than 100 percent after tweaking it in UNC's first-round win over Texas Southern nine days earlier.
In a news conference Monday, Williams preached caution as Berry undergoes a "pretty full schedule of rehab" with the team's doctors this week. The Tar Heels plan to leave for Glendale, Ariz., site of the Final Four, on Tuesday night instead of Wednesday, allowing Berry more time to settle in and manage his recovery.
“Some people’s feet do swell when they get on an airplane,” Williams said. “If that’s going to happen to Joel, I’d rather it happen on Tuesday night than Wednesday night.
"Hopefully by the time we get to Thursday or Friday, he'll be able to do some things in practice. But I'm scared to death right now because I just don't know."
Berry is UNC's second-leading scorer, averaging14.6 points, and tops the team with 3.6 assists per game.