Pinson to miss North Carolina’s game Tuesday vs. Pitt

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The wait for Theo Pinson will extend at least a bit longer.

The North Carolina junior will not play Tuesday against Pittsburgh due to the ankle injury he sustained last week, coach Roy Williams said on the weekly ACC teleconference.

While Pinson is ruled out for Tuesday, his prognosis may not be entirely dire.

“Well, I am hopeful,” Williams said according to the News Observer, “but I don’t know how you grade it. I’m hopeful that we’ll get him back but again, I don’t have enough information right now to base that on other than I’d love to have him back because I think he adds so much to our team.”

The 6-foot-6 forward suffered the injury last week against Virginia Tech and then missed Saturday’s loss at Miami in which the Tar Heels shot just 35 percent from the field and gave up 11 offensive rebounds.

Pinson is averaging 6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

After Tuesday’s tilt at Pitt, North Carolina faces No. 20 Notre Dame on Saturday and No. 21 Duke the following Thursday.