Monday, January 17, 2011

Henson, McDonald practice despite injuries

North Carolina forward John Henson and wing Leslie McDonald both are practicing today despite injuries, school sports information director Steve Kirschner said in an e-mail today.

X-rays this morning on Henson's left arm came back negative. He crashed to the floor after being bumped while trying to grab a rebound late in Sunday's 78-58 loss at Georgia Tech, and has a sprained arm.

McDonald has a back contusion.

Kirschner explained that Tar Heel coach Roy Williams missed his scheduled 10-minute segment on the ACC coaches' teleconference with the media this morning because he was conducting practice.

Practice was scheduled for the morning rather than the afternoon because students had the day off from classes because of the Martin Luther King holiday. Kirschner said the ACC was informed late last week that Williams had a conflict, and the missed interview opportunity had nothing to do with the fact that the Tar Heels lost Sunday night.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt also was not available for the conference call.

Ken Tysiac