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Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 7:57 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello

North Carolina took a big blow to its championship hopes on Friday when the Tar Heels announced that starting guard Dexter Strickland was done for the season with a torn ACL.

Strickland suffered the injury in Thursday’s win over Virginia Tech, when he planted going up for a shot early in the second half (pictured to the right). After the game, he said he didn’t think anything popped but it was sore. North Carolina said his knee would be looked at when they returned to Chapel Hill.

Strickland, a 6-foot-3 junior from New Jersey, is the team’s best perimeter defender and the Tar Heels’ backup point guard to Kendall Marshall. He was averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 assists, shooting 57 percent from the field.

He is the second North Carolina guard to be lost for the season. Over the summer, junior Leslie McDonald tore his ACL and will miss the entire campaign. McDonald recently decided he would take a redshirt this season.

Without Strickland, North Carolina will have to rely heavily on the duo of Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston. Both are more prolific scorers than Strickland, and are the two best shooters in the backcourt, but the Tar Heels will miss Strickland’s defense and ball-handling ability.

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Comments

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 3:07 pm
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

Sincere wishes for a full recovery to Dexter Strickland.  I'm sure there'll be a spot for you in the NBA, just maybe delayed a bit beyond when you hoped.  Time to toughen up Heels...rally and rampage.



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

I knew it was bad when I viewed the play.  I hate this for Dexter, now it will be time for Hairston and Bullock to step up and mature.  UNC still has a chance but they will have to rely on other skills other than just pure talent. 




Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

This is some of the most tragic news ever heard for the unc supporters! Our hopes for another national title are greatly impacted by tihs unfortunate injury. The teams best defender and starting two gaurd? Are you kidding? It's simple now though: Hairston and Bullock, individually or collectively, must play lights out basketball or there will be no banner in the Dean Dome for the guys this year.Sorry for your bad luck Dexter. Stay tuned.............



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:40 am
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

tough break



Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:17 am
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

I am a Tech student and big supporter of their basketball program, Erick Green is actually my daughter's Godfather but I am also a die hard UNC basketball fan. I was at this game and it was hard to see Dex go down like that, I immediately knew it was bad from his expressions. We will really miss him come March, but Roy Williams will keep us on track and make sure the other reserves are ready to step up. Good game for both teams and good luck to Dex with his recovery!



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:50 am
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

man....I am very sorry this has happened.  Good luck Dexter.  Good Luck Tar Heels. 



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:40 am
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

Also, meant to say it's nice to see fans of other teams coming on here and being reasonable and not talking s**t after a terrible injury.  
I was thinking the same thing.  A lot of classy posts from a lot of different fans.  Heres hoping that Strick comes back stronger than ever!!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:32 am
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

As someone who has busted his own ACL, I feel for the guy. He has to deal with dissapointment and with a lengthy rehab process. But he has a good support network and a lot of people wishing him well. 



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:21 am
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

Prayers go out to Strickland and condolences to the UNC fans. We sometimes forget these are kids sacrificing much for our enjoyment. Hope he makes a full and complete recovery and we see him in the league one day. I've seen many programs lose a key piece and then come together and even play better. Since the beginning of the season, I've felt the Tar Heels are the team to beat for the title this year and still feel that way. My Cats go you by one at home last month and I hope we can do it again in early April.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:40 am
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

No matter what team you root for (I happen to be a Duke fan), you never want to see this happen to any athlete.  Unfortunately, injuries will always be part of the game.  Good news is that ACLs aren't the athletic end of the line like they once were, so there is still a good chance that with agressive rehab, Strickland can eventually bounce back from this.  Tough luck so far this season for Carolina with these two big injuries...hard enough to win a title in any year, but it gets that much more difficult when you start losing some valuable contributors to the team.


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