North Carolina sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall underwent surgery on his broken right wrist Monday, but his playing status remains unknown, according to a statement released by the university.
Marshall suffered a fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist during the Tar Heels' 87-73 victory against Creighton on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA tournament. With the victory, North Carolina advanced to the Midwest regional semifinals in St. Louis, where the top-seeded Tar Heels will play Ohio on Friday night.
Marshall's status for that game, or any others, should the team advance, is unknown. The university described Marshall's surgery as "successful." Dennis Marshall, Kendall Marshall's father, wrote in a text message to The News & Observer that his son was in good spirits.
"Surgery went well," Dennis Marshall wrote. "KM in good spirits. Expect full recovery."
Asked whether he was hopeful that Kendall could play on Friday, Dennis responded that it was "questionable."
Marshall underwent his surgery on 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 Tar Heels' victory against Creighton, when he drove to the basket and endured a hard foul.
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 7:30 with a broken wrist.
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 player in school history to have consecutive double doubles in the NCAA tournament.
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•No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Cincinnati, 9:45 p.m., CBS
•No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Louisville, 7:47 p.m., TBS
•No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 7 Florida, 10:17 p.m., TBS
•No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 10 Xavier, 7:15 p.m., CBS
•No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Indiana, 9:45 p.m., CBS
•No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 13 Ohio, 7:47 p.m., TBS
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