Friday, March 23, 2007

Reyshawn Terry expected to start

Senior forward Reyshawn Terry, who has been bothered by strep throat for almost a week, is listed as a starter for North Carolina against Southern California on Friday night, according to pre-game information distributed to media members at Continental Airlines Arena.

A North Carolina team spokesman said Terry "probably" will start, but the final decision won't be made until 12 minutes before tipoff.

Terry missed practice all week, and has suffered from headaches, fever and a sore throat. But North Carolina sports information director Steve Kirschner said Terry was able to begin eating again Thursday night and particpated in the Tar Heels' shoot-around practice early Friday.

The top-seeded Tar Heels (30-6) are playing No. 5 seed USC (25-11) in the NCAA tournament's East Regional semifinals. - Ken Tysiac