Friday, March 13, 2009

Tar Heels rule Lawson out for today

ATLANTA — North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson will not play against Virginia Tech today, a team spokesman said, but he has not been ruled out for the rest of the tournament should UNC advance.

The ACC Player of the Year jammed his right big toe last Friday during practice. Although he played Sunday in a victory at Duke, the toe swelled, forcing him to miss practice and hobble around on crutches.

The quarterfinal matchup against the Hokies tips off at noon; the starting lineup has not been announced, but senior Bobby Frasor will likely start in place of Lawson.

— Robbi Pickeral