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Harrison Barnes' ankle on the mend

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he planned to limit forward Harrison Barnes in practice Monday afternoon in order to give the sophomore forward’s sprained left ankle another day to heal.

Barnes has been playing at less than 100 percent since he sprained his ankle running up the court during the first half of UNC’s win at Wake Forest last Tuesday. UNC's leading scorer then re-sprained the ankle during Saturday’s come-from-behind win at Maryland, but it didn’t keep him from making key shots down the stretch.

Asked how he thought Barnes would be for Wednesday’s game at Duke, Williams said during Monday’s ACC conference call:

“Well, I’m hoping he’ll be better. Yesterday was a day off, and needless to say, we haven’t practiced [yet] today. So we haven’t seen him in action since the game, but he had less swelling and less pain after the game than he did after the Wake Forest game. I’m probably going to hold him out of quite a bit of practice today to give him another day, and we hope that will help.”

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