GREENSBORO — Top-seeded North Carolina here on Sunday will play against No. 8 Creighton in the third round of the Midwest regional. First, though, a look back at some things to take away from the Tar Heels’ 77-58 victory against Vermont.
GREENSBORO — North Carolina struggled for about a half against Vermont’s zone defense before the Tar Heels gradually pulled away for a 77-58 victory in the second round of the NCAA tournament Midwest regional at the Greensboro Colisum on Friday.
GREENSBORO — North Carolina junior forward John Henson will not play today when the Tar Heels face Vermont in the second round of the NCAA tournament here at the Greensboro Coliseum. It will be the third consecutive game that Henson misses because of a left wrist injury.
James Michael McAdoo, the freshman forward, will start in Henson’s place. McAdoo also started UNC’s final two games of the NCAA tournament, when Henson sat out with his wrist injury.
GREENSBORO — The comparison is a natural one. In 2009, North Carolina began the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed, and with one of its star players, Ty Lawson, attempting to recover from an injury that placed his status for the tournament in doubt.
On Friday, North Carolina will begin play in the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed, and with one of its star players, John Henson, attempting to recover from an injury that has placed his status in doubt.
For Lawson, it was a toe that ailed him. For Henson, a wrist. Different injuries, of course, and different situations, UNC coach Roy Williams said earlier today. Williams acknowledged that what happened then, with Lawson, and what’s happening now, with Henson, are similar in some respects.
But in others the scenarios don’t compare.