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UNC’s Marshall has wrist surgery

Associated Press / March 20, 2012
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The father of North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall said Monday his son is recovering from surgery on his broken right wrist and it’s unclear if he’ll be able to return for the regional games in St. Louis this weekend.

Dennis Marshall said the procedure done in Chapel Hill, N.C., to insert a screw into his son’s wrist lasted about 35 minutes. He said when Kendall plays again would be based on “what would be best for Kendall in the long term’’ and that he didn’t know whether the sophomore would be ready to play in the Sweet 16 against Ohio Friday.

“I don’t know because Kendall’s just coming out of his anesthesia, we haven’t talked and I don’t know how he’ll feel four days from now,’’ Dennis Marshall said. “We just don’t know.

“Is it impossible he plays this weekend? No, it’s not. Is it likely he plays next weekend? It definitely is. It’s something we just don’t know.’’

The school, in an update Monday afternoon, also said Marshall’s status was unclear for Friday’s game. The Tar Heels (31-5) are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional.

The lefthanded point guard fractured the scaphoid bone - located near the thumb - when he was fouled driving to the basket during the second half of Sunday’s win against Creighton at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Marshall popped right up, then came out of the media timeout and hit 1 of 2 free throws.

He left briefly, then returned again and played about seven minutes before leaving the game late with the victory secured.

Marshall, from Dumfries, Va., is a second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick who has 351 assists in 36 games, the best season total in league history and fourth most in NCAA history.

The pass-first point guard is averaging about 8 points and 10 assists, though he has stepped up his offense recently and scored in double figures the past six games.

He had 18 points and 11 assists in the 87-73 win against the Bluejays, his fifth double-double in that span.

The Tar Heels lost No. 2 ballhandler Dexter Strickland to a season-ending knee injury in January.

If Marshall can’t go, the job would fall to freshman Stilman White and versatile senior Justin Watts.

Cremins retires

Nearly two months after taking a medical leave of absence from the College of Charleston men’s team, coach Bobby Cremins announced he was retiring from the game. Cremins, 64, was 579-375 in 31 seasons of coaching at Charleston, Georgia Tech, and Appalachian State . . . Three days after Missouri lost to No. 15 seed Norfolk State in the NCAA Tournament, Frank Haith was chosen national coach of the year by the US Basketball Writers Association . . . Bentley sophomore Lauren Battista (Oliver Ames) was one of 10 selections to the WBCA Division 2 All-America team. The Falcons (30-3) play No. 1 Wayne State (32-2) in the national quarterfinals Tuesday . . . In second-round NIT action, Bruce Massey had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lift Middle Tennessee to a 71-64 win over top-seeded Tennessee in Knoxville; Rodney Williams scored 21 points to lead Minnesota, 78-60, over host Miami. The Gophers never trailed after starting the game on a 12-0 run. Williams scored 16 in the first half. Minnesota advances to the quarterfinals at Middle Tennessee . . . Texas women’s coach Gail Goestenkors is resigning after four seasons of not making it past the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The former Duke coach, who is in the fifth year of a seven-year contract that pays her $1.25 million per year, said she is “tired’’ and needs to step away from basketball.

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