clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

V.J. King a probable return against North Carolina

New, comments

Some good news on the Cardinals injury front.

NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Boston College Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville got some good news Monday on the injury front.

Speaking on the ACC teleconference, head coach Rick Pitino said that freshman V.J. King should be back for Wednesday’s game against the Tar Heels after sitting out this past Saturday when the Cards hosted Virginia Tech.

"It seems that way" that King will play at North Carolina, Pitino said on the ACC teleconference.

King missed last Saturday’s game due to a thigh bruise that he suffered during practice. King will add some needed depth to a team that, while it is still one of the best defensive units in the nation, tends to get in foul trouble at a higher rate than most other schools.

What King may lack in his defensive knowledge, he makes up for in his offensive ability. King averages 6.7 PPG while shooting 44% from the field and 45% from 3-point range while playing 14.7 minutes per game. He also knocks down 85% of his free-throw attempts.

Louisville will need all of the help that it can get with its matchup against #8 North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday night. A win against North Carolina could really put the Cardinals in a good position moving forward. Not only would they likely secure at least a 2-seed in the NCAA tournament, if Louisville were to finish out the season strong, they would have a serious argument for claiming a 1-seed.

Just need to get Tony back now.