John Henson's wrist 'feeling better'

Updated: March 17, 2012, 8:15 PM ET
By Robbi Pickeral | ESPN.com

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The good news: North Carolina forward John Henson said Saturday his sprained left wrist "is feeling better."

The not-so-good news: No one knows yet if it's feeling better enough for the junior to play against eighth-seeded Creighton on Sunday in the NCAA Round of 32.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, whose team holds the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, said Saturday afternoon he had no update on Henson, who suffered the injury on March 9 in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. UNC was scheduled to practice after the news conference, but a team spokesman said there would be no update afterward.

"He did continue getting rehab last night but when you're sitting there eating, there's not a lot of things that you do when you're eating your meal that resembles what you're asked to do with a basketball," Williams said.

After UNC's win over Vermont on Friday, Williams said the ACC Defensive Player of the Year was close to playing. But he still wants the wrist to get stronger. Williams said Henson was gripping and catching the basketball better, but he still didn't look totally comfortable on some moves. Williams said Friday there was a better than a 50-50 chance that Henson would play Sunday.

But he didn't know whether those percentages were any better or worse less than 24 hours later.

"I wish I could tell you because I'm tired of answering the daggum thing," said Williams before Saturday's practice. "I really don't have any other information at all to add to what I said yesterday."

Robbi Pickeral covers North Carolina for ESPN.com and can be reached at bylinerp@gmail.com. Follow Robbi on Twitter: @bylinerp.

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