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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.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — 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.

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 tournament.

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 Friday night.

Marshall's status for that game, or any others should the team advance, is unknown.

The university statement described the surgery as "successful."

Dennis Marshall, Kendall's father, wrote in a text message that his son was in good spirits.

Asked whether he was hopeful Kendall could play Friday, Dennis responded it was "questionable."

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 anything."

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 wrist.

"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 tournament.

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 tournament.

"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.

Notes

• 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 game.

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 Storm.

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