Friday, February 19, 2010

UNC's Zeller will return Saturday

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller, who has been sidelined for 10 games because of a stress fracture in his right foot, will play at Boston College on Saturday.

"I'm hoping we can get him in and get some productive minutes out of him,'' coach Roy Williams said Friday. "That with each and every game, he can build on it. But it's hard; he's been out for 10 or 11 games ... so it's been quite a while. But we're going to give him a chance to see what he can do when he does get in there."

The Tar Heels have won only two games without the sophomore, who was averaging 9.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 16.4 minutes before his injury. His return is particularly key, because starter Ed Davis is out likely for the rest of the season with a broken left wrist, and freshman reserve Travis Wear remains sidelined with a sprained ankle. -- Robbi Pickeral