Saturday, March 10, 2012
Henson a game-time decision for title tilt
By Robbi Pickeral
ATLANTA – According to North Carolina coach Roy Williams, star forward John Henson was feeling better Saturday after spraining his left wrist Friday.
But still not well enough to play during the Tar Heels' ACC tournament semifinal win over NC State.
And his status for Sunday’s championship game against Florida State will again be a game-time decision.
“He said today that he feels considerably better than he did yesterday,’’ Williams said after UNC’s 69-67 victory. “Now, is it going to improve at that same rate by tomorrow? I personally have my doubts, but we’ll just go with the same policy, the same procedure, tomorrow.”
Saturday, UNC’s procedure was to tape the wrist in the locker room once the team arrived at Philips Arena, and judge how Henson felt gripping a basketball, and trying to dribble it and catch it.
“If he had any pain or he felt uncomfortable, then we weren’t going to play him,’’ Williams said. “If he didn’t have pain or didn’t feel very uncomfortable, I was going to let him warm up, and then watch him as closely as I could and make the determination of whether he would be effective. And it didn’t get to that stage because John didn’t feel very comfortable.
“If it had been the Final Four, I think he probably would have played. But … that’s not Ol’ Roy stating anything about this tournament, that’s just a fact.”
Without Henson, freshman forward James Michael McAdoo started; he finished with 9 points but was in foul trouble most of the second half.