Kendall Marshall may be out for the rest of the NCAA tournament. The North Carolina point guard may play on Friday night against Ohio. Marshall suffered a fracture in his right wrist during the Tar Heel’s victory over Creighton last night and his playing status, according to his father, will depend on how much pain he can take.
Kendall’s father, Dennis, said that Marshall will have surgery today on his injured wrist. Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports wrote on Twitter:
“Just spoke with Dennis Marshall — Kendall’s father. Confirmed surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning to insert screw in non-shooting wrist.”
Marshall, who is an indispensable player for UNC, scored a team-high 18 points as the team won a ticket to the sweet 16. Marshall also had 11 assists during his 36 minutes of play.
Marshall said after the game:
“I just want to be here for my team. All we know right now is it’s a fracture. Luckily it’s my right hand. If it was my left hand, then we’d probably have some problems. But we’ll take it day by day and figure it out. We’re not saying I’m not going to play… We’re not saying I’m going to play.”
The Houston Chronicle reports that if Marshall cannot suit up for the Tar Heel’s, North Carolina will rely on freshman Stilman White senior Justin Watts to take on the role of point guard.
Do you think Kendall Marshall will play on Friday? Will North Carolina be able to win without him?