UNC big man Kennedy Meeks out at least two weeks with knee injury

Kennedy Meeks is a big piece to UNC; will the Heels overcome UCLA on Saturday? (USATSI)

Moments after rival Duke announced one of its key frontcourt players will be out for the near future, North Carolina similarly sent out worrying word Monday night regarding one of its bigs.

The Tar Heel player in question is forward Kennedy Meeks, who will be on the shelf for “several weeks,” per the school. A left knee bone bruise will keep Meeks off the court. This injury signifies the second major one for North Carolina this season. Starting star point guard Marcus Paige missed the first six games of the season.

“Doctors have not determined how long Meeks will be out, although they expect that he will miss at least two weeks of action,” UNC’s statement reads.

This means UNC’s game against 22nd-ranked UCLA this Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic becomes all the more interesting. UCLA has defeated Kentucky and Gonzaga this season, so the Bruins certainly are capable of giving the No. 11 Tar Heels a real run. The Tar Heels follow up the UCLA tilt with home games against Appalachian State on Dec. 21, UNC Greensboro a week after that, then ACC play begins vs. Clemson on Dec. 30.

Meeks is putting up 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds this season. UNC is 7-2.

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