The Injury Report

By - March 22, 2007


A quick status update on three injuries of note:

Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis

Status: Questionable

Douglas-Roberts, who averages a team-high 15.4 points for the second-seeded Tigers, suffered a left ankle sprain during his team's second-round victory over Nevada on Sunday. The Detroit native missed the team's open practice at the Alamodome on Wednesday but took part in a private workout in the morning. Memphis coach John Calipari remains optimistic about his availability.

Earlier in the week, Douglas-Roberts assumed a defiant tone about his status for Thursday night's South Regional semifinal against third-seeded Texas A&M. But the 6-foot-6, 190-pound sophomore has since relaxed his stance and deemed his availability a "game-time decision."

"The way he's been treating his ankle, getting ready for it, hopefully it all pays off for him," fellow sophomore Antonio Anderson told the Memphis Commercial Appeal on Wednesday. "He deserves it. He's battled all year. Hopefully the man upstairs looks out for us and him and gives us what we want and what he wants, which is for him to play."

Matt Shaw, Southern Illinois

Status: Probable

Shaw, who suffered a high ankle sprain Friday in his side's first-round win over Holy Cross, participated in a 50-minute public practice Wednesday in preparation for Thursday night's West Regional semifinal meeting with top-seeded Kansas.

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound junior, who averages 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Salukis, provides Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery with a valuable inside-outside threat. The Centralia, Ill., native has put down 42 three-pointers through 35 games -- a consideration which Kansas power forward Julian Wright (who would be Shaw's likely matchup) must respect.

"I'm still not fully recovered," Shaw told the Daily Herald on Wednesday. "I can't do everything quite I'm capable of, but I'm just going to keep working at it, keep getting treatment. Just do everything I can do to get it better."

Reyshawn Terry, North Carolina

Status: Probable

The top-seeded Tar Heels would still be prohibitive favorites against Southern California even if Terry's sudden bout with strep throat sidelined the 6-foot-8, 232-pound senior for Friday night's East Regional semifinal. But Roy Williams would much rather his most accurate long-range threat -- and most productive upperclassman -- be available to play when North Carolina faces the fifth-seeded Trojans.

Terry has been sick for close to week since missing a team shootaround with a headache and fever prior to his team's second-round victory over Michigan State. Doctors diagnosed the Winston-Salem, N.C., native with strep throat but the school said Terry was improving and didn't have a fever Wednesday.

The athletic forward averages 9.8 points and 5.5 rebounds and has not missed a start through 36 games this season.

Posted by at 06:14 AM on March 22, 2007
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