Posted: Sat March 9, 2013 12:46PM; Updated: Sat March 9, 2013 12:44PM

UNC's McAdoo to play against Duke despite back injury

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James Michael McAdoo has been battling a bulging disk in his back the last few weeks.
James Michael McAdoo has been battling a bulging disk in his back the last few weeks.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina sophomore James Michael McAdoo is playing through a bulging disk in his back but says he'll be ready for Saturday's rivalry game with No. 3 Duke.

Coach Roy Williams says McAdoo didn't participate in a light shootaround Thursday after aggravating his back during a win at Maryland on Wednesday night. McAdoo has been battling back pain for several weeks.

The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds to lead the Tar Heels in both categories.

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