The Drive Friday 3-9-12- Taylor and Marc talk with the reporter about the John Henson’s injury earlier in the day, the punishment that UNC is waiting from its football program, and which ACC teams that are on the bubble will make the dance.
Off to a wild start already, UNC starter and impact player John Henson suffered a wrist injury earlier today and Barnes was quick to update on his condition.
“It looked horrible…when [John Henson] went down, it reminded me of Tyler Zeller a few years back…the x-rays were negative [to a broken wrist], but it looked pretty bad initially…”
As to whether or not Henson would play, Barnes wasn’t sure. The injury was to his left hand, his preferred hand to use in games. He thinks if he isn’t in too much pain Henson could still make an impact on the court.
“Henson-it is his left hand…he prefers to use that hand…it’s not like he has to run with it, so you could see him in there with it [still playing]…if it is really hurting him this weekend, we might not see him this weekend or the first round next week.”
Barnes was unsure if the loss of Henson would prevent UNC from taking the ACC tournament, but he said if UNC did NOT win, there was still a chance they would not get a number one seed for the NCAA tournament.
“It depends on how Duke does…if Duke would win the tournament, they maybe would move in front of North Carolina. But the NCAA committee will take that in to account as well. A lot of that depends on how teams like Michigan State and Kansas do…if [UNC does] lose tomorrow, it will knock them down the totem pole a little bit.”
Barnes believes Carolina is a much stronger team than they have been in years past and he expects them to come out on top during the NCAA tournament.
“The big difference [between Carolina this year and last] is they know they have to come out and play well from the get go…they came out strong today. They are comfortable knowing what they have to do, and they play well together.”