The No. 8 North Carolina men's basketball team suffered a huge blow tonight, as starting guard Dexter Strickland has been lost for the season to a torn right ACL.
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Strickland, a junior combo guard, fell while going up for a shot in transition early in the second half of the Tar Heels' win last night at Virginia Tech. He writhed in pain holding the back of his right knee before leaving the floor. He was evaluated by team doctors earlier today before the team broke the news tonight that he was done for the season.
Strickland was averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 assists this season. He was known as the team's best perimeter defender and their alternate point guard when fellow starter Kendall Marshall was off the floor. Sophomore Reggie Bullock and freshman P.J. Hairston are both likely to see more playing time in Strickland's absence. The Tar Heels next take the floor on Thursday, when they host N.C. State at the Dean E. Smith Center.