Tar Heels' Henson sits out loss to Florida State
The Tar Heels said before Sunday's 85-82 loss to Florida State that Henson would only play in an emergency.
Roy Williams said after the game his defensive standout didn't feel confident and then the coach explained what would have constituted an emergency.
''If we had a one-point lead, the ball was underneath their basket with three seconds to play, I would have put him in to guard the guy taking the ball out of bounds,'' Williams said.
''That would have been it. If we had four guys foul out, maybe I would have put him in the middle of the zone and told him just to stand still.''
Henson missed the No. 4 Tar Heels' win over North Carolina State in Saturday's semifinals after hurting his wrist in the first half of Friday's win over Maryland.
''We expect John will be fine next weekend,'' Williams said when asked about Henson's status for the NCAA tournament.
''Basically he felt better today but he wasn't confident and it didn't even have to get to the level of I had to decide if he would be effective or he wouldn't be effective,'' Williams said. ''If he wasn't confident with it then in my opinion there was no need to put him out there.''
The last two games of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament were the first two Henson has missed in his three-year career.
The 6-foot-11 Henson, a junior, is averaging 13.8 points and a team-leading 10.1 rebounds per game.