The good feeling brought about by the second-half comeback victory at Virginia Tech was tempered the next day when North Carolina learned it will be without starting guard Dexter Strickland for the rest of the season.
Strickland injured a knee in the win and will have to have surgery. He wasn't a big scorer for the Heels, but he shot well and was considered a good defender, maybe the best on the perimeter.
The Tar Heels, who improved to 16-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC with the Jan. 19 win over the Hokies, will have the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments at home with games against North Carolina State and Georgia Tech coming up at the Smith Center. Coach Roy Williams has gone with the same starting lineup through the first 19 games.
Sophomore Reggie Bullock figures to replace Strickland. He averaged just under 19 minutes an appearance in playing in all 19 games off the bench.
He was scoring a point more a game than Strickland (8.4-7.5) and had a team-high 34 three-poin...