Just when No.1 seed North Carolina looked to be done dealing with wrist injuries, the Tar Heels got some terrible news in the locker room following their 87-73 win over No. 8 seed Creighton Sunday in the round-of-32.
North Carolina announced immediately after the game that point guard Kendall Marshall suffered a fractured right wrist after landing hard while being fouled on a lay-up attempt near the end of the game. The school said his status for the remainder of the NCAA tournament is unknown.
This is a huge blow for the Tar Heels, who already had very little depth in the backcourt. Marshall, a former All-Met from O’Connell, had 18 points and 11 assists in the victory over the Blue Jays. He has 351 assists this year, the fourth-highest single-season total in NCAA history.
The Tar Heels will likely be forced to turn to freshman Stilman White, the only other point guard on scholarship after starting shooting guard and backup point Dexter Strickland was lost to a torn ACL earlier this season. White averaged just 4.2 minutes per game during the regular season, and has been used sparingly to spell Marshall during the tournament.
North Carolina had been without forward John Henson the past three games after he suffered a left wrist injury in the ACC tournament, but he returned to the starting lineup Sunday.
The Tar Heels will face either No. 12 seed South Florida or No. 13 seed Ohio in the Sweet 16 Friday in St. Louis.
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