UNC's Marshall is questionable for Kansas
North Carolina's Kendall Marshall is questionable to play against Kansas, Coach Roy Williams said. Even though Marshall practiced for the first time Saturday, a determination whether he'll play won't be made until Sunday.
ST. LOUIS – North Carolina sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall participated in his first practice Saturday since suffering a broken wrist and is questionable to play in Sunday’s Midwest Regional final against Kansas.
The left-handed Marshall suffered a broken wrist last Sunday against Creighton. He underwent surgery Monday to install a screw in his wrist and had the cast removed Wednesday.
"Kendall today [Saturday] went through the dummy stuff," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "It was the first day he's bounced a ball, the first day he caught a ball, the first day he shot a ball."
Williams said Marshall did not participate in any of the Tar Heels' live driills.
"Now we want to see if [the wrist] bothers him," Williams said. "[Sunday] at shootaround we'll do the same thing."
Williams said two things would determine if Marshall plays with a Final Four berth on the line.
"He has to feel comfortable and can he be effective in the game in that situation," Williams said.
Marshall, who is averaging 9.75 assists and 8.1 points per game, has said the wrist is improving each day, but his range of motion had to improve and the pain had to decrease before he’d be able to play again.
Kansas coach Bill Self said earlier Saturday he anticipated Marshall would play, but the Jayhawks won’t change much whether he played or not.
“We’ve got 30 minutes to practice for North Carolina,” Self said. “We’re not going to change who we are. We haven’t talked about Carolina yet. To think we’d change who we are and change what we do in a 24-hour period, that’s not who we are.
“We’ll tweak [some things]. It won’t be a major overhaul.”
Self was asked if the Jayhawks would press if freshman Stilman White played instead of Marshall.
“Another reason you don’t press [all game], is our guards have to play 38 minutes,” Self said.
Marshall did not play in Friday’s 73-65 overtime win against Ohio. He had scored in double figures in his last six games. White made his first career start for Marshall and was 0-for-4 from the field, finishing with two points, a career-high six assists and no turnovers in 32 minutes.
White said he was ready to play against Kansas.
"Definitely," White said. "I don't think [Ohio] gets enough credit for how good their guards are. I think the guards for Ohio stepped up defensively and Kansas has some great guards as well. We've been watching them on TV and on tape and we are going to give an all-out effort out there."
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