UNC's Marshall Has Cast Removed


North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall had the cast removed from his fractured right wrist on Wednesday and is now wearing a removable splint. Kendall Marshall's status for top-seeded North Carolina's NCAA Midwest Region semifinal game against Ohio on Friday remains undetermined. In an appearance Wednesday on "Mike and Mike in the Morning" on ESPN Radio, coach Roy Williams reiterated that the Tar Heels are still preparing to play without Marshall. There is still a chance that the Cousy Award finalist, who had surgery Monday to insert a screw into his wrist, could play against 13th-seeded Ohio. But as of right now, Williams said, he has "no idea" what factors will indicate whether Marshall can play, because he's in uncharted territory. Without Marshall, the Tar Heels -- who lost backup point guard/starting shooting guard Dexter Strickland to a knee injury in January -- will use freshman Stilman White (4.3 minutes per game) and senior Justin Watts (who has played only two stints at point guard this season) as ball handlers.