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Kendall Marshall Fractures Wrist, Uncertain for Game on Friday

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By Myles Collier, Christian Post Contributor
March 19, 2012|11:45 am

Kendall Marshall, the point guard for the North Carolina Tar Heels, fractured his wrist yesterday during North Carolina's victory over Creighton in the NCAA tournament.

Kendall's father, Dennis, told Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com that a screw will be inserted in his son's right, non-shooting wrist and depending on how he is feeling will determine if he will able to play in the Sweet 16 game against Ohio on Friday.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams was also saddened to learn of his player's condition and he asked media personal to leave the locker room so he could address his team after Sunday's win.

Williams said that people should be happy that they advanced, but this injury looms over the team. "When you go to the Sweet 16 it's supposed to be a lot more fun than this," Williams said.

Marshall fractured the scaphoid bone in his right wrist during the second half of the Heels' 87-73 NCAA tournament victory over Creighton.

Not wanting to take the focus off his team Marshall told reporters that, "I just want to be here for my team."

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Marshall was injured in the second half when a he drove to the hoop and was fouled hard by Ethan Wragge. Marshall knew immediately that something was wrong.

"I tried to get right up and play it off like nothing happened. We're not saying I'm not going to play. We're not saying I'm going to play," Marshall said, according to the Washington Post.

Marshall is widely considered to be one of the best players on the Tar Heels' roster as well as one of the best in the nation. During Sunday's game he scored 18 points and had 11 assists in 36 minutes of playing time.

"It sucks," teammate Tyler Zeller said. "He's the best point guard in the nation."

"There's really nothing you can say," visibly distraught freshman guard Hairston said.

 

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