Chapel Hill - University of North Carolina guard Dexter Strickland tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in Thursday's win at Virginia Tech and will be unable to play the rest of the 2011-12 season.
Strickland, a junior from Rahway, N.J., suffered the injury early in the second half in Blacksburg as he drove to the basket.
He started every game this year for the 16-3 Tar Heels and shared the team lead in steals with 25 and was second in assists with 39. He was shooting a team-high 57 percent from the floor and was averaging 7.5 points per game.
Surgery to repair the torn ligament has not been scheduled.