UNC Basketball: Garrison Brooks status for N.C. State game still uncertain

The UNC Basketball program could be without a key starter for Tuesday’s game vs. N.C. State in the Dean Dome as they look for the sweep

The North Carolina Tar Heels are beginning the stretch of their final four games of the 2019-20 regular season before the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. UNC will host N.C. State on Tuesday night, a team they beat back on Jan. 27th for their last win.

Since then, UNC has lost seven-straight games and are 10-17 overall including a 3-13 record in the ACC. It’s been a season to forget for the Tar Heels but even with the disappointment, they have the chance to sweep N.C. State on Tuesday.

But they might be without one of their best players.

Junior Garrison Brooks’ status is uncertain for Tuesday’s game as he’s battling an illness that kept him out of Saturday’s loss to Louisville.

Head coach Roy Williams was on his weekly radio show Monday night to talk about UNC and update some key injuries. Among those was Brooks as the head coach says he will likely be close to a game-time decision depending on how he feels when he wakes up.

Without Brooks, UNC struggles in the post. There is no doubt he’s the Tar Heels’ best post player and is putting together a fantastic season. Brooks is averaging 15.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He’s also shooting 53 percent from the field.

If Brooks cannot go on Tuesday night, Armando Bacot and Walker Miller will likely see an uptick in minutes, similar to what happened on Saturday against Louisville.

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