Mar 11, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams reacts on the sideline against the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the finals of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

NCAA Bracket 2012: Midwest Region Coverage And Previews

North Carolina heads up the Midwest Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed.

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John Henson Injury: Tar Heels Forward Questionable For Friday

North Carolina forward John Henson is still considered questionable for the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament opener on Friday, head coach Roy Williams told reporters on Tuesday. The top-seeded Tar Heels are scheduled to play the winner of Lamar-Vermont, who play their the First Four matchup on Wednesday evening.

"If I had to guess -- and this is merely a guess -- if the game were today he probably still would not play today," Williams said. "But we're being hopeful that he will be Friday."

Henson sprained his left wrist after falling awkwardly during North Carolina's ACC quarterfinal against Maryland. He was unable to play in the rest of the ACC tournament, missing UNC's win in the semifinals over North Carolina State and loss in the championship game against Florida State.

"He affects the game in more ways than one -- obviously with the double-doubles he puts up on a consistent basis, but more so the shots he alters on a consistent basis on the defensive end," said teammate Kendall Marshall. "That may not show up in the stats, but you can tell teams weren't so worried about attacking us on the inside when the defensive player of the year isn't sitting in there."

Henson, a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the year, averaged 13.9 points, 10.1 points and 2.9 blocks per game this year. Without him, the Tar Heels blocked just a single shot against N.C. State and Florida State.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: How Purdue Basketball Got To March Madness

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Schedule: Game Times, TV Coverage For Midwest Region

The TV times and announcer lists for the first round of games in the NCAA Tournament have been announced. The broadcast coverage will be split between TNT, TBS, truTV (look it up) and CBS, with all games airing on television. It all gets underway on Tuesday with the First Four.

Here's the schedule, TV coverage and announcers for the Midwest Region.

8 Creighton vs. 9 Alabama (TBS)

Time: Thursday, March 15, 1:40 PM

Announcers: Jim Clark / Clark Kellogg / Tracy Wolfson

1 North Carolina vs. 16 Lamar/Vermont (TBS)

Time: Thursday, March 15, after conclusion of Creighton/Alabama

Announcers: Jim Clark / Clark Kellogg / Tracy Wolfson

3 Michigan vs. 14 Ohio (TNT)

Time: Thursday, March 15, 7:20 PM

Announcers: Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Lewis Johnson

5 Temple vs. 12 California / South Florida (TNT)

Time: Thursday, March 15, after conclusion of Michigan / Ohio

Announcers: Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Lewis Johnson

6 San Diego State vs. 11 NC State (truTV)

Time: Friday, March 16, 12:40 PM

Announcers: Tim Brando / Mike Gminski / Otis Livingston

3 Georgetown vs. 14 Belmont (truTV)

Time: Friday, March 16, after conclusion of San Diego State / NC State

Announcers: Tim Brando / Mike Gminski / Otis Livingston

7 St. Mary's (CA) vs. 10 Purdue (truTV)

Time: Friday, March 16, 7:20 PM

Announcers: Marv Albert / Steve Kerr / Craig Sager

2 Kansas vs. 15 Detroit

Time: Friday, March 16, after conclusion of St. Mary's/Purdue

Announcers: Marv Albert / Steve Kerr / Craig Sager

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Midwest Region Led By No. 1 Seed North Carolina

The Midwest Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket may well belong to the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels are one of four No. 1 seeds in the tournament, along with the Kenucky Wildcats, Syracuse Orange and Michigan St. Spartans. UNC will get a bracket that sets up nicely for them, with what could be a short road to the Final Four.

The Tar Heels will be joined by No. 2 seeds Kansas Jayhawks. North Carolina finished their 2011-12 season with a 29-5 record, going 14-2 in the ACC.

Here's the full Midwest Region bracket for the 2012 NCAA Tournament:

No. 1 North Carolina
No. 16 Lamar / Vermont (First Four)

No. 8 Creighton
No. 9 Alabama

No. 5 Temple
No. 12 California / South Florida (First Four)

No. 4 Michigan
No. 13 Ohio

No. 6 San Diego State
No. 11 North Carolina State

No. 3 Georgetown
No. 14 Belmont

No. 7 St. Mary's
No. 10 Purdue

No. 2 Kansas
No. 15 Detroit

Other NCAA Tournament Regions: East | West | South

Who do you think will win this region? Let us know in the comments below.

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