Saturday, March 10, 2012
UNC's Henson out for NC State game
By Robbi Pickeral
ATLANTA -- North Carolina forward John Henson, who sprained his left wrist on Friday, will not play in Saturday's ACC tournament semifinal against NC State, a team spokesman said about 25 minutes before tipoff.
The junior was injured with 14:59 left the first half of the top-seeded Tar Heels' quarterfinal win against Maryland, when he was fouled driving to the basket, and tried to brace his fall. Henson immediately starting shaking his wrist, and asked to come out of the game after he missed his second free throw.
After going to the locker room to have his wrist examined and re-taped, he re-entered the game with 8:06 left in the first half. But he lasted only 40 seconds, grimacing in pain when he tried to catch a hard pass from point guard Kendall Marshall.
Tests at halftime were negative, but the team said after the game that the ACC Defensive Player of the Year's status for Saturday would be a game-time decision
Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo, who tied his career high with 14 points against the Terrapins, is expected to start in place of Henson.