The North Carolina basketball team has already suffered a major blow to its hopes
to repeat as national champions.
The school announced Monday that senior guard Joel Berry II, last season’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player, has
broken a bone in his right hand. Berry is expected to miss roughly four weeks as a result.
The school’s statement did not say how the injury occurred.
Berry had previously been named to a first-team preseason All-American by ESPN and was placed on the watch list for the
Bob Cousy Award, which is presented to the nation’s top point guard. Last season, Berry averaged 14.7 points and 3.6
assists per game.
Berry is the only returning Tar Heel who averaged more than 7 points per game last season.
The good news for North Carolina is that the team doesn’t open its regular season for almost two weeks. If the timeline
announced by the school is accurate, Berry should be back for the team’s toughest early test, a Nov. 29 matchup with