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Heels assuming Marshall won't play

North Carolina star point guard Kendall Marshall, left, tumbles after being fouled by Creighton’s Ethan Wragge during Sunday’s third-round NCAA Tournament game. Marshall appears likely to miss at least one game with a broken wrist.

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North Carolina star point guard Kendall Marshall, left, tumbles after being fouled by Creighton’s Ethan Wragge during Sunday’s third-round NCAA Tournament game. Marshall appears likely to miss at least one game with a broken wrist.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina is preparing to play without injured PG Kendall Marshall.

The Tar Heels just haven't figured out how yet.

Coach Roy Williams said Tuesday that his team's "preparation is 100 percent" to go without Marshall after the pass-first guard had surgery to repair his broken right wrist.

Marshall's status remains unclear for the Midwest Region semifinal Friday night in St. Louis, the coach said.

"You've got me between a rock and a hard place," Williams said. "I cannot give you any answers. I've given everybody all the answers I can give because I've said honestly, I do not know."

The left-handed sophomore broke his wrist on a drive in the second half of a win against Creighton on Sunday night in the Tar Heels' second NCAA Tournament game.

Call it the latest bad break for a team that lost its No. 2 ball handler, Dexter Strickland, to a season-ending knee injury then played three postseason games without two-time ACC defensive player of the year John Henson after he sprained his left wrist in the conference tournament.

"We didn't come all this way just to lay down," said Henson, the former Sickles standout.

If Marshall can't play against Ohio, which seems likely, one option for top-seeded UNC (31-5) could be Stilman White, a lightly tested freshman.

SORRY: Creighton coach Greg McDermott called UNC's Williams to say there was no intent to injure Marshall when Ethan Wragge fouled him. McDermott said Williams is a "good friend."

BAR INCIDENT: Marquette coach Buzz Williams confirmed a published report that six players were ticketed for being in a bar in January despite being not old enough to drink. Williams said he handled the situation when it happened. He did not disclose details of any discipline.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the players were ticketed for being in a Milwaukee nightclub on Jan. 29. There was no indication they were drinking.

XAVIER FRESHMAN HURT: Freshman F Dez Wells has a sprained big toe and won't practice leading up to Xavier's NCAA Tournament game Friday against Baylor in Atlanta. Wells got hurt when a player landed on his leg during Sunday's win over Lehigh that sent the Musketeers into the Sweet 16. He played eight minutes and didn't score. Wells is Xavier's third-leading scorer, averaging 10 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Heels assuming Marshall won't play 03/20/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:50pm]

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