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North Carolina's Kendall Marshall has surgery on broken
wrist | College basketball
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina's sophomore point guard, underwent surgery on
his broken right wrist Monday but his playing status remains unknown, according
to a statement released by university officials. Kendall Marshall, North Carolina's
sophomore point guard, underwent surgery on his broken right wrist Monday but
his playing status remains unknown, according to a statement released by
Marshall suffered a fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist during the Tar Heels'
87-73 victory over Creighton on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA
With the victory, North Carolina advanced to the Midwest Regional semifinals in
St. Louis, where the top-seeded Tar Heels (31-5) will play 13th-seeded Ohio on
Marshall's status for that game, or any others should the team advance, is
The university statement described the surgery as "successful."
Dennis Marshall, Kendall's father, wrote in a text message that his son was in good
Asked whether he was hopeful Kendall could play Friday, Dennis responded it was
On his weekly radio show, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said, "My guess,
and it's purely a guess, is Kendall will not play (Friday). But we really don't know
Marshall had surgery Monday morning at UNC Hospitals, where Dr. Don Bynum
inserted a screw to stabilize the fracture. Marshall suffered the injury with about 11
minutes to play in the game, when he drove to the basket and was fouled.
Marshall was pushed to the floor and landed on his right hand. He remained in the
game after the injury, and played a total of 7 minutes, 30 seconds with a broken
"I didn't want my team to worry about me," Marshall said after the game. "So I
tried to pop up as quick as possible and get to the free-throw line. I didn't want to
make a big deal about it."
Marshall is averaging 8.1 points per game and 9.8 assists for the Tar Heels, who
advanced to the regional semifinals for the 31st time in school history. He finished
the victory against Creighton with 18 points and 11 assists, and became the second
North Carolina player in history to have consecutive double-doubles in the NCAA
State of excellence
CINCINNATI — Stirred by a pep talk from the school president, the Ohio Bobcats
applauded themselves in the locker room and celebrated their trip to the NCAA
tournament's round of 16 by chanting: "We are Ohio!"
Not a bad March motto for the whole state.
The nation's 17th state is the first to send four teams to the NCAA's round of 16 —
the Bobcats, Ohio State, Cincinnati and Xavier. The four come from different
conferences and play different styles, but have gone a combined 8-0 in the
"It's super for Ohio basketball," said Jerry Lucas, a former Ohio State and NBA
player. "It has always been good, and will always be good. This whole region has
traditionally had great basketball."
Seven other states have managed to get three teams into the round of 16, according
to STATS LLC: Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Texas, California, North Carolina,
Kansas and Tennessee.
Haith earns award
Missouri's Frank Haith has received a bittersweet honor. Three days after the
Tigers flopped in the NCAA tournament, he was chosen national coach of the year
by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
The first-year Mizzou coach said it has been tough moving past Friday's loss to
No. 15 seed Norfolk State.
"It was a hard weekend, there's no doubt about it," Haith said. "When you sit back
and really look at the big picture, you have to say this team had a heck of a year.
You can't disregard the 34 games prior."
Missouri won 30 games and the Big 12 Conference tournament.
• Nearly two months after taking a medical leave of absence from the College of
Charleston team, coach Bobby Cremins announced he was retiring from the
The 64-year-old Cremins, perhaps best known for coaching Georgia Tech for 19
seasons, was 579-375 in 31 college seasons.
On Jan. 27, Cremins announced he would miss the rest of the Cougars' season and
later said he was physically exhausted.
• Forward Moe Harkless, who played one season at St. John's, declared for early
entry to the NBA draft. He averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds for the Red