North Carolina junior point guard Joel Berry was limited to less than 20 minutes of halfcourt work during practice on Thursday in Phoenix, and he wasn't happy about it.
"He was mad because I wouldn't let him do anything in practice today in full court," Roy Williams told reporters during his press conference at University of Phoenix Stadium. "And I went over and I said, 'Oh, you're mad, huh? That's good.'"
Berry turned his right ankle in UNC's NCAA Tournament opener against Texas Southern, re-injured it during practice on Saturday and then sprained his left ankle in Sunday's Elite Eight win over Kentucky.
Williams said Berry participated in a handful of drills, including two fastbreak and two defensive segments. UNC departed for Phoenix on Tuesday, a day earlier than originally planned, in case Berry's left ankle swelled on the flight, which it did.
"If we go back and he feels good tonight, we might let him do full court tomorrow," Williams said. "But I can't let him play on Saturday if he can't do something full court because we do play full court. If you can't do anything up and down, then I can't let him play."
The second-team All-ACC guard is averaging 31 minutes in four NCAA Tournament games and doesn't expect to be limited in Saturday's Final Four matchup with Oregon.
"I feel a lot better," Berry told ESPN on Thursday afternoon. "The bruising has gone away. I can run on it now. There are only two games left. I'm not going to sit out."
The Apopka, Fla. native is averaging 12.5 points and 2.8 assists in the NCAA Tournament. His ankles have affected the lift for his shots, as evidenced by his 32.6 shooting percentage (23.1 percent 3FG).