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Garrison Brooks and Leaky Black Both Battling Injuries vs Oregon as UNC's Depth Gets Even Worse

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 15: Leaky Black #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game against the Gardner-Webb Runnin Bulldogs at the Dean Smith Center on November 15, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 77-61. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Gardner-Webb v North Carolina | Grant Halverson/Getty Images

North Carolina needs all available hands on deck if they want to get back on the right track following a loss against Michigan, but they could take on Payton Pritchard and Oregon without two key contributors.

Guard Leaky Black has a sprain in his right foot, while forward Garrison Brooks suffered a nasty eye injury that could sideline both contributors against the Ducks.

Against the odds, both men are starting in this big game, but could suffer setbacks at any moment.

If things go wrong, the Oregon game could be Cole Anthony's show to run alone...again.

Brooks has emerged as a stud for the Tar Heels this season, averaging 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. While Black is averaging just 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, the 6-8 combo guard is oozing potential.

Losing a great on-ball defender and a thundering force in the interior is probably not what you're looking for against an Oregon team that just beat Seton Hall and lost against Gonzaga by one point.

We'll get to see how truly great Anthony is now that one of his best assistants and key inside forces might not play in this game. Back to Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce too, we guess.