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Breaking: Nassir Little Questionable to play against Auburn

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina Tar Heels’ hopes of making it to the Elite Eight may have taken a bit of a hit on Thursday afternoon. A few hours ago, news broke that Nassir Little might not be able to play against the Auburn Tigers on Friday night due to a flu bug.

Little has been one of North Carolina’s top players this season. The freshman from Orange Park, Florida averaged 10 points and 4.7 rebounds during the regular season, and he has been even better in the Tar Heels’ first two NCAA Tournament games. Little scored 19 points in UNC’s 88-73 First Round win over Iona and followed that up with 20 points in a 81-59 beatdown of Washington in the Second Round.

North Carolina has taken precautions to ensure that the flu doesn’t spread to the rest of the team. According to Tar Heel Illustrated, Little’s roommate Coby White was moved to another room to try to ensure that he wouldn’t be affected.

Although Little has officially been declared questionable, there are some indications that he will play.

Little averages less than 20 minutes a game, but is seen as a player that can provide instant offense. He is one of four Tar Heels averaging at least 10 points on the season, and not having him in the lineup would ding North Carolina’s depth in the frontcourt.

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