Found March 22, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS If North Carolina coach Roy Williams thinks there's a chance star point guard Kendall Marshall could play Friday night in the Tar Heels Sweet 16 matchup with Ohio, he's sure doing a good job of hiding it. Speaking to reporters at Thursday's media session at the Edward Jones Dome, Williams all but ruled out his point guard's participation just four days after having a screw inserted into his fractured scaphoid in his right wrist. "I have a strong, strong inclination that he is not going to play," Williams said. "If he comes in to my room tomorrow and says, My wrist feels great,' and he drops down to the floor and does 10 right handed pushups on his right hand, then I'll say I'll probably play his rear end - but I don't expect that to happen. I mean, the guy can't brush his teeth right now." The talented sophomore is among the national leaders with 9.75 assists per game and his 351 assists are already new North Carolina and ACC single-season records. When he records at least nine assists in a game, the Tar Heels are 27-1 in his two seasons. He's had double-doubles in points and assists in each of the Tar Heel's two NCAA Tournament games and has upped his scoring to 14.8 points per game in his last six games compared to just 6.8 points in UNC's first 30 games. But the left-handed Marshall has yet to shoot, dribble or even catch a basketball since he departed Sunday's third round win over Creighton with 1:54 to play. "The bottom line is, he has not participated in one play since last Sunday when I took him out of the game," Williams said. "He has not guarded one possession, he's not passed one ball, he's not shot one ball well, that's a lie, because he's holding his hand up like this yesterday, and he's catching the ball, and he's shooting it like this holding his hand up in the air with his cast on. But he hasn't participated. "I just know the kid tells me he can't brush his teeth yet, how the dickens can he play basketball game if he can't brush his teeth? I mean, he can go out there with bad breath, but you still got to be able to play the dadgum game." Marshall clearly wants to play but was non-committal on his status during an interview session in the North Carolina locker room, repeatedly saying he was day-to-day and would play when he felt well enough to do so. The Cousy Award finalist plans to get fitted for a special brace Thursday night that he will wear Friday if he plays. "I played a half of a half with a fractured wrist so I think that's a pretty high threshold," Marshall said. "I feel like any competitor will find a way to compete no matter what's thrown at them. "I'm not going to put myself out there unless I feel like I can be effective and help my team. As a teammate, I'm going to have to be able to catch, pass, defend, things like that. Right now my team is ready to play without me if I'm not going to play, but I'm sure they would be more than happy to take me back if I am ready to play." The 6-3 Marshall said the decision will come down to, "How much pain I'm in as well as the range of motion. If I feel like I can go out there and be effective and help my team out, I'll let coach know and then he'll decide. "If we were to jump ball right now, I would not be playing." The Tar Heels might be able to get past 13th-seeded Ohio Friday night without Marshall. But facing Tyshawn Taylor and No. 2 seed Kansas on Sunday afternoon without him would be a different story. "It all depends on how I feel," Marshall said. "It is getting stronger, which is a positive. I'm able to flex a lot more now, things like that. I'm just taking it day by day until I feel like I'm ready to go." The Tar Heels hope that's Friday night.

Injured Tar Heels guard gets cast off

The North Carolina Tar Heels apparently are one step closer to getting back a key player. Kendall Marshall, the Tar Heels' sophomore point guard, who underwent surgery Monday on his fractured right wrist, tweeted Wednesday morning, "Cast off." Doctors inserted a screw into Marshall's wrist during the procedure Monday. North Carolina coach Roy Williams is preparing...

UNC's Marshall will not play vs. Ohio

North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall will not play Friday night in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis against Ohio, the school announced. Seldom-used freshman Stilman White will start in place of Marshall, who fractured a bone in his right wrist in the team's third-round victory over Creighton Sunday. Head coach Roy Williams had suggested this week there was little chance of...

Marshall Gets Removable Splint on Wrist

A two word tweet from Kendall Marshall around lunchtime set off a little buzz as to the possibility of the sophomore point guard getting on the floor for the Sweet Sixteen. “Cast off” According to Marshall’s father Dennis via Robbi Pickeral at the case on the sophomore point guard’s right wrist was removed in favor of a removable splint. North Carolina point guard...

Kendall Marshall's Absence Felt in North Carolina Offense, Tar Heels Still Prevail in Overtime Thriller

As North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall went down to the floor against Creighton last Sunday, head coach Roy Williams' face could have said it all. The Tar Heels coach was looking on from the sideline with a stare fit for a deer in headlights. The thoughts racing through his head must've been something similar to the Boston Celtics watching their banners lowered from...

UNC-Ohio Report Card March 23, 2012

North Carolina's biggest fear of what life without Kendall Marshall would look like nearly became reality, as the Tar Heels were awful but still managed to advance past Ohio in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Stilman White wasn't a disaster like some expected, but more the effect of not having Marshall was seen in how the other Heels played. They rushed shots, perhaps...

Marshall Unlikely To Play Against Ohio

Kendall Marshall may be the key to the Tar Heels' national title hopes.

A Sweet 16

A Sweet 16The Sweet 16 this year in the tournament is quite interesting. The UNC Tar Heels will most likely play without point guard Kendall Marshall on Friday. The Tar Heels are preparing for the worst after Marshall had surgery on his non-shooting hand for a fractured right wrist. Marshall averages 9.7 assists per game and his replacement would be backup freshman Stilman White...

Sweet weekend for Ohio

By now everyone knows it, and everyone not from the best state in the union (look it up) is most likely a bit sick of hearing about it. But the fact remains, a full one quarter of the Sweet Sixteen are Ohio teams! Some were expected to be here, some are not huge surprises. And some are #13 seeds that beat Michigan. Either way, it's all sweet. It's a damn shame that Cleveland...

Under Pressure

ST. LOUIS – In an effort to offset top-seeded North Carolina’s sizeable advantage in the frontcourt, 13th-seeded Ohio will rely on frantic ball pressure to capitalize on Kendall Marshall’s potential absence. The Tar Heels, however, believe they are prepared.

UNC 73 Ohio 65 (OT)

If you watched Michigan State and Marquette last night you know the possibility of having a game like this exists for practically everyone. Take Kendall Marshall out of the lineup and there was the possibility UNC could struggle in adjusting to his absence. That was part of the problem as the offense was completely out of sorts and the Heels committed 24 turnovers. There is no way...

Game Notes: Ohio @ UNC

Ohio at UNC Date 3/23/2012 7:47:00 PMLocation Atlanta, Ga.Live StatsCheck At Gametime.TV CBS Team Stats Embed This Chart On Your WebsiteMatchup Simulation StatsThis game has been simulated 393 times.NC (2012) has won 293 times (74.6% of the time), won by > 20 pts 92 times (23.4% of the time)Ohio (2012) has won 100 times (25.4% of the time), won by > 20 pts 6 times ...
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