Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Roy Williams told the media during his press conference on Monday that sophomore wing forward P.J. Hairston injured his knee during practice on Sunday and would likely not play against Indiana on Tuesday. The injury which is suspected as being a mild sprain occurred during a dribbling drill.
Dexter Strickland, who also spoke with the media on Monday, said he initially through the injury was more severe based on the way the knee moved but as it turns out there was no damage to the ACL or meniscus. Strickland also indicated that Hairston had a tendency to be "a little dramatic with his injuries" and expected him to be fine in "a couple of days." Strickland, like Williams, does not think Hairston will play on Tuesday.
Facing the #1 team in the country on their home floor is a daunting enough task. Doing it without the team's third leading scorer and one of the top three point shooters on the team makes it even tougher. Hairston hit multiple threes at Kentucky a year ago apparently unfazed by the hostile environment. That came after it was initially said he would not play due to injury. Knowing how Roy Williams and UNC handles injury information, it would not surprise me to see Hairston play despite the indications otherwise.