The father of North Carolina PG Kendall Marshall said Monday his son is recovering from surgery on his broken right wrist and it's unclear if he'll return for the NCAA region games in St. Louis.
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 that when Kendall plays 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 for the Sweet 16 game against Ohio on 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 also said Marshall's status was unclear. The Tar Heels (31-5) are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region.
The left-handed Marshall 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.
BENCH THE KEY: Even without starting C Fab Melo, who won't play because of an eligibility issue, and the struggles of sophomore F C.J. Fair, Syracuse is in the round of 16 for the third time in four years. And much of the credit goes to its reserves.
The Orange has six players averaging at least 22.5 minutes and 10 averaging at least 10.3. In its two tournament games, the Syracuse bench, led by 6-foot-4 sophomore G Dion Waiters and 6-8 junior F James Southerland, has outscored opposing reserves 61-16.
"It's key," coach Jim Boeheim said. "For a long time, it was Dion and C.J. Now James is coming in there and doing that."
AN ABERRATION?: Never had a Bill Self-coached Kansas team shot as poorly as Sunday's 21-of-62 (33.9 percent) and won. The Jayhawks led for a total of 45 seconds in a 63-60 victory over Purdue, and Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor combined to shoot 6-of-23.
Was this a narrow escape in otherwise clear sailing to the Final Four? Or did the Boilermakers expose flaws that could bring down KU in any round?
Self suggested the former.
"Hopefully this was that game," he said. "We shot 34 percent. That's unheard of."