ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11: Injured John Henson #31 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on from the bench against the Florida State Seminoles during the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 11, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

John Henson Won't Play In UNC's NCAA Tournament Opener

North Carolina's John Henson, the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year, injured his left wrist during the Tar Heels' ACC quarterfinal game against Maryland. His status for UNC's first game in the NCAA Tournament is still undecided.

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John Henson Injury: UNC Forward Won't Play In NCAA Tournament Opener

North Carolina forward John Henson will not play in the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament opener against Vermont on Friday because of a persisting sprained wrist injury. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by freshman James McAdoo.

Henson, the ACC's defensive player of the year, suffered the injury when he was fouled hard by Maryland's Ashton Pankey in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. He did not play in UNC's semifinal win over NC State or championship game loss to Florida State.

Without Henson, North Carolina managed just a single blocked shot in the ACC Tournament games against the Wolfpack and Seminoles. The junior from Tampa is averaging 13.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game this season.

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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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John Henson Injury: Tar Heels Foward Out For ACC Tournament Semifinal

North Carolina forward John Henson will not play in the today's ACC tournament semifinal game against N.C. State. The lanky 6'11 forward hurt his wrist in the Tar Heels' quarterfinal matchup against Maryland on Friday afternoon. After a hard foul by Ashton Pankey, he played only seven minutes in UNC's 16-point victory over the Terps.

Coach Roy Williams said Henson was feeling better this morning but that his status was still questionable. Then, word came down shortly before tip off that he would not dress against the Wolfpack.

Via @UNC_Basketball:

It's the first game that the junior from Tampa has missed in his Carolina career. He has averaged 13.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game this season.

For more on this game, check out North Carolina blog Carolina March and N.C. State blog Backing The Pack. For more on the ACC tourney, make sure to follow this StoryStream. For more on college tournaments nationwide, head over to SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub.

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John Henson Injury: Tar Heels Forward Game-Time Decision

John Henson remains a game-time decision for North Carolina's ACC Tournament semifinal matchup against N.C. State, head coach Roy Williams told ESPN's Erin Andrews. Henson sprained his left wrist in the first half of Friday's quarterfinal win over Maryland, and the injury has affected his ability to grip the ball.

Henson has averaged 13.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 29 minutes per game for the Tar Heels this season. In two games against N.C. State this season, Henson averaged 11.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack tip-off at 1 p.m. ET.

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UNC's John Henson Will Be A Game-Time Decision For ACC Tournament Semifinal Game

North Carolina forward John Henson, who suffered a sprained left wrist in UNC’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal victory over Maryland, will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s semifinal game.

"They don’t think it’s a break with John,’’ UNC coach Roy Williams said. "It’s just he had trouble catching and gripping the basketball. It’s his left wrist; that’s the one he uses. That’s his dominant hand, even though he is right-handed."

Henson, the ACC’s defensive player of the year, was fouled hard by Maryland’s Ashton Pankey on a drive to the basket in the first half. He came up flexing his hand and was taken to the locker room.

Henson returned to the floor later with his left wrist heavily taped. It was quickly apparent that the injury was still bothering him however, and he was taken out of the game for good less than a minute later.

X-rays taken during halftime were negative.

"I was worried, but I was a little happier after the X-rays came back and said they said it wasn’t broken,’’ said Henson, who entered the game averaging 14.2 points, plus a league-leading 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.

North Carolina will face either NC State or Virginia in the semifinals on Saturday.

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North Carolina's John Henson Injures Wrist Against Maryland

North Carolina's John Henson, the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year, injured his left wrist during the Tar Heels' ACC quarterfinal game against Maryland.

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