Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/20/12

North Carolina Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams says Kendall Marshall’s status remains uncertain for the Midwest Regional semifinal against Ohio Friday night in St. Louis. He also added that the mean is practicing/preparing for the next round as if he wasn’t going to play.

Marshall fractured his wrist last weekend in the win over Creighton, although he stayed in the game after suffering the injury.

“You’ve got me between a rock and a hard place,” Williams said today. “I cannot give you any answers. I’ve given everybody all the answers I can give because I’ve said honestly, I do not know.”

Marshall had surgery yesterday, as doctors inserted a screw into his wrist.

His father Dennis told The Associated Press in a text message Tuesday that his son is “doing much better.” He added that his son was improving and had “slept through the night.”

Perhaps Marshall will play, but with an apparatus of some sort on his non-shooting hand. If he plays, he won’t likely be the same and that has oddsmakers, NCAA pool owner/managers and bracket holders everywhere questioning how much this injury affects the scope off the tournament. Marshall is the sparkplug of the Heels high powered offense. A second team all-ACC pick, Kendall set a conference record for assists this season, accruing a total that equaled the fourth most in college basketball history.

So he’s kind of a big deal, and his injury is the biggest one of the tourney so far.

In our most recent NBA mock draft, we have Marshall listed as the 18th overall pick.

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