UNC PG Marshall a long shot to play Friday
North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall is not expected to be in the lineup for Friday’s NCAA regional semifinal against Ohio.
Marshall has not practiced since undergoing surgery on his broken right wrist Monday. A screw was placed in the wrist during the procedure.
Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, who has the school in the Sweet 16 for a record 25th time, noted the difficulty Marshall is having with every-day activities.
“I just know the kid tells me he can’t brush his teeth yet. How the dickens can he play a basketball game if he can’t brush his teeth?” Williams said Thursday. “I mean, he can go out there with bad breath, but you’ve still got to be able to play the dadgum game.”
Marshall suffered the injury to his non-shooting hand during the top-seeded Tar Heels’ 87-73 second-round win over Creighton on Sunday. He had 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 11 assists Sunday, and for the season averaged 7.9 points and 9.7 assists.