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UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell not ready to coach in NCAA tourney after last round of chemotherapy

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    Hampton players Alyssa Bennett, right, and Blake Jenkines battle for the ball during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., March 22, 2014. Hampton plays Michigan State in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier) (The Associated Press)

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    Hampton coach David Six watches his team during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., March 22, 2014. Hampton plays Michigan State in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier) (The Associated Press)

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    Hampton coach David Six watches his team during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., March 22, 2014. Hampton plays Michigan State in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier) (The Associated Press)

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    Michigan State's Klarissa Bell shoots during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., March 22, 2014. Michigan State plays Hampton in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier) (The Associated Press)

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    Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant watches her team during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., March 22, 2014. Michigan State plays Hampton in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier) (The Associated Press)

North Carolina will open NCAA tournament play without Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell on the bench.

Longtime Tar Heels assistant coach Andrew Calder said Saturday that Hatchell is still recovering from her final round of chemotherapy and won't help coach the fourth-seeded UNC against No. 13 UT Martin on Sunday.

Hatchell, 62, was diagnosed with leukemia in October and hasn't coached this season. She'd hoped to get back in time to work as a supporting bench coach for the NCAA tournament.

Calder says "she's a little bit down right now and working her way back up."

Calder wouldn't rule out Hatchell returning at a later date if UNC advances in the tournament. If the Tar Heels win they'll face the No. 5 Michigan State-No. 12 Hampton winner.

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