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North Carolina junior John Henson won't play in the Tar Heels' NCAA tournament opener against Vermont due to a sore left wrist.
Henson was hurt when he fell to the court while being fouled during last week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The 6-foot-10 junior had hoped to play in Friday's game, though coach Roy Williams didn't sound convinced that Henson was ready when he spoke with reporters after Thursday's practices.
Henson is a two-time ACC defensive player of the year. He averaged about 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for the Tar Heels, the top seed in the Midwest Regional.
The team ruled him out about 90 minutes before the game, long before the team warmed up. Freshman James Michael McAdoo will start for Henson.
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North Carolina coach Roy Williams is still unsure whether junior forward John Henson will be ready for the Tar Heels' opener in the NCAA tournament Friday.
Henson sprained his left wrist in a fall during the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and missed the last two games. He went through about 70 percent of the team's practice Thursday morning in Chapel Hill, then participated...
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- John Henson has never been much of a sit-still kind of guy. He likes to get on his feet and move his long legs around.
The North Carolina forward loves to joke, smile, laugh with and at people, and he just enjoys everything life has to offer. Except injuries.
And that has been Henson's bane for the last nine days after landing hard on his left wrist early...
There are two story lines besides the game itself today when top seed North Carolina (30-5 ~ 14-2 in the ACC) takes on No. 8 Creighton (29-5 ~ 14-4 in the MWC) in Greensboro Coliseum, tip off at 5:15 p.m. EST, televised by CBS. The first one will be whether or not junior power forward John Henson will play in this game, while the second one will be about two former high school team...
John Henson says he's improving from a wrist injury and sounds eager to return to for North Carolina's NCAA tournament opener.
Coach Roy Williams isn't quite so sure whether the two-time Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year is ready to snatch rebounds in traffic or swat shots to start the fast break.
''He has to feel comfortable that he can...
GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Vermont wasn't going to beat North C arolina in their second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament on Friday. And it appeared as if the Tar Heels knew it from the opening tip.
They won't admit as much. The players know too well than to say that, and they've been schooled on the etiquette in dealing with the media.
But by gauging Carolina's approach...
North Carolina had little trouble advancing in the NCAA tournament -- even with John Henson on the sideline wearing a suit. The Tar Heels may not have that luxury much longer.
Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont 77-58 on Friday in its NCAA tournament opener despite playing without its shot-blocking and rebound-snatching starter.