North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks (3) dunks over Georgia Tech's Charles Mitchell (0) and Demarco Cox (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Atlanta. North Carolina won 81-49. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
David Tulis
March 10, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina sophomore Kennedy Meeks is likely out of the No. 19 Tar Heels' Atlantic Coast Conference tournament opener because of illness.

Coach Roy Williams says Meeks is sick with a fever that kept him out of Monday and Tuesday practices. Williams says it's likely ''that he won't play'' in Wednesday's second-round game against Boston College.

Williams says Meeks has been tested for mononucleosis and strep throat, though those results have come back negative. He says the team will have to ''wait and see'' on Meeks' status.

Meeks is averaging 12 points and 7.6 rebounds with 27 starts for the Tar Heels (21-10), the tournament's No. 5 seed.

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