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North Carolina vs Auburn : North Carolina will potentially be without freshman star Nassir Little when it takes on No. 5 seed Auburn on Friday night in the Sweet 16. North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Nassir Little’s availability would be a game-time decision for Friday’s Sweet 16 Midwest Regional matchup against Auburn after the freshman forward experienced flu-like symptoms. Williams wasn’t optimistic that Little would be able to play

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North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Nassir Little’s availability would be a game-time decision for Friday’s Sweet 16 Midwest Regional matchup against Auburn after the freshman forward experienced flu-like symptoms.

Williams wasn’t optimistic that Little would be able to play against the Tigers.”I can say it’s hard to make a 180-degree turn because there’s no way in the world he could play if we were playing today,” Williams said Thursday.

“He didn’t feel good last night. He was running a little bit of a temperature, running more of a temperature this morning. He didn’t feel like eating. I didn’t even bring him over here to the arena with us. … He’s sitting there [at breakfast on Thursday] and he has his plate in front of him, and it looked to me like it was hard to pick up that fork, and the last time I looked it wasn’t very heavy.”

Little did not practice Wednesday or Thursday.North Carolina’s Nassir Little is questionable with flu-like symptoms for the team’s Sweet 16 game against Auburn on Friday, UNC announced.The freshman forward did not practice on Thursday ot Wednesday.

Little, who is No. 12 on SI’s Jeremy Woo NBA draft Big Board, is coming off strong NCAA tournament games. The Tar Heels beat No. 16 Iona 88–73 in the first round, and Little had 19 points and four rebounds in the victory. He added 20 points and seven rebounds in UNC’s81–59 win over No. 9 Washington in the second round.

The freshman is averaging 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season for the Tar Heels (29–6).UNC takes on Auburn on Friday at 7:29 p.m. ET on TBS.After a dominating performance against Washington in the Round of 32, North Carolina turns its attention to the fifth-seeded Auburn Tigers in a high-powered offensive matchup.

Auburn, who has won 10 games in a row, comes in as one of the hottest teams in the country.After almost losing in their first round game against New Mexico State — thanks to an airball three at the buzzer — the Tigers flipped the script and never took their foot off the gas against Kansas in the Round of 32.

Led by their lighting quick back court of Bryce Brown (15.9 PPG) and Jared Harper (15.3 PPG), the Tigers offensive attack start and ends with the deep ball.Ranked second in the NCAA in total three-pointers attempted, Auburn shoots it a lick under 38 percent, making 11.4 per per game, good for third in the country.North Carolina will potentially be without freshman star Nassir Little when it takes on No. 5 seed Auburn on Friday night in the Sweet 16. Little is dealing with flu-like symptoms, and the program listed his status as of Thursday afternoon as “questionable.”
“Didn’t feel good last night. Was running a little bit of a temperature this morning,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said of Little and what he’s been dealing with. “Didn’t feel like eating. I can say it’s hard to make a 180-turn because there’s no way in the world he could play if we’re playing today. He’s sitting there and he has a plate in front of him. He felt — looked to me like it was hard to pick up the fork. And the last time I looked, it wasn’t that heavy.”

Little is coming off one of his best two-game stretches all season for No. 1 seed UNC. In the first round he scored 19 points grabbed four rebounds, and against Washington in the second round he scored 20 points and added seven boards.

Little is a projected top-10 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft despite an up and down freshman season overall. Fortunately for North Carolina, veterans Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams are capable of picking up the slack in his absence if he is unable to rally and recover by the 7:29 p.m. ET on Friday night.