Cast removed from wrist of UNC’s Marshall

acarter@newsobserver.comMarch 22, 2012 

— Two days after North Carolina sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his right wrist, doctors removed his cast. It remains unclear whether Marshall will play on Friday night, when the Tar Heels face Ohio in the NCAA tournament Midwest regional semifinals.

Despite the uncertainty, Marshall wrote a cheerful tweet after his procedure.

“Cast off!” Marshall wrote on his Twitter account.

UNC spokesman Matt Bowers said that Marshall’s status remained the same.

“His post-surgery cast is off but he was fitted with a splint that he’s wearing now.”

Marshall suffered his injury during UNC’s 87-73 victory against Creighton on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA tournament. He drove the basket with about 11 minutes to play in that game, and endured a hard foul. Marshall fell to the court, and braced his impact with his right hand.

Roy Williams, the UNC coach, said on Tuesday that he didn’t know Marshall’s status – and that he wouldn’t know before Friday whether Marshall would play. If Marshall is unable to play, the Tar Heels would rely on Stilman White and Justin Watts to fill the void at point guard.

Combined, Watts and White have averaged about 11 minutes of playing time per game. Marshall, meanwhile, has received plenty of support on Twitter since the injury.

Some members of the site have written Marshall’s jersey number – 5 – on their wrists and then posted pictures of the tribute with the hash tag “passfir5t” – a reference to Marshall’s pass-first style of play.

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