Othell Wilson, Virginia's all-Atlantic Coast Conference guard, still is suffering from what Coach Terry Holland called yesterday "a massive contusion" in his right thigh. Wilson was injured in the first round of the ACC tournament Friday and has not played or practiced since.
Wilson, a 6-foot sophomore from Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, Va., could not walk on Sunday. It is not known when Wilson will be able to play, but he probably will not practice until the bleeding stops.
"Othell has a tremendous amount of bleeding in the thigh," said Holland. "But not playing until Sunday (against the Southwestern Louisiana-Tennessee winner in the Mideast Regional at Indianapolis) certainly helps us."
Missouri: Center Steve Stipanovich will miss practice all week and may not be able to play in the Tigers' first NCAA tournament game because of an injury to his right foot incurred in an unsupervised practice on Sunday, the school announced.
Bud Epps, the team trainer, said Stipanovich has a moderate sprain below his right ankle. It was not known whether Stipanovich would be able to play Saturday, when No. 2-seeded Missouri plays the winner of the Marquette-Evansville game in the NCAA Midwest Regional at Tulsa.
Coach Norm Stewart had given his players the day off from practice Sunday, the day after Missouri won the Big Eight Conference tournament, but Stipanovich and several other players were loosening up at the Hearnes Center gym when the injury occurred. Details of the accident were not available.
Polls: North Carolina was ranked first in the Associated Press and United Press International polls released yesterday. Virginia, which lost to the Tar Heels in the ACC tournament final Sunday, remained in third place in both polls. Georgetown, eighth in both polls last week, is ranked sixth by AP and seventh by UPI after winning the Big East tournament.
North Carolina (27-2) received 47 of 59 first-place votes in the AP poll of sportswriters and broadcasters, and 38 of 42 in the UPI coaches' poll. AP and UPI both rank De Paul second, followed by Virginia, Oregon State and Missouri.
The rest of the AP's top 10 includes Georgetown, Minnesota, Idaho, Memphis State and Tulsa. UPI ranks Big Ten champion Minnesota sixth, followed by Georgetown, Idaho, Memphis State and Fresno State.