North Carolina big man Armando Bacot limped off the court with an ankle injury for a stretch during the second half of Saturday's win over Duke, but he plans on playing in Monday's national title game against Kansas.

"My status right now is that I'm playing," he told reporters. "There's no way I'm not playing in the national championship game. My right leg would have to be cut off for me not to play."

Head coach Hubert Davis said, "They did X-rays. All negative. Obviously, it's sore. … He's ready to play tomorrow night."

Bacot is one of the Tar Heels' best players and has been dominant throughout the NCAA men's tournament.