If North Carolina is going to make its record 19th appearance in the Final Foul, the Tar Heels will have to do it without the services of point guard Kendall Marshall. The former All-Met from Bishop O’Connell will not play in Sunday’s Midwest Region final against Kansas because of the broken right wrist he suffered last weekend, a school spokesman announced about an hour before tip-off in St. Louis.
In Marshall’s place, No. 1 seed North Carolina will once again start freshman Stilman White, who had six assists and no turnovers during the Tar Heels’ win over No. 13 seed Ohio on Friday night. But without Marshall in the lineup against the Bobcats, North Carolina’s offense never looked fluid and the Tar Heels committed a season-high 24 turnovers.
Marshall averaged 8.1 points and 9.75 assists this season, breaking the ACC’s single-season assists record. On Saturday, the Dumfries native participated in shooting and non-contact drills in practice, but Coach Roy Williams told reporters that Marshall’s availability would depend on how the wrist responded during a Sunday morning shoot-around.
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