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UNC's Marshall sheds cast

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina PG Kendall Marshall is out of his cast after surgery on his broken right wrist.

In a text message to the Associated Press on Wednesday, Marshall's father Dennis said his son is wearing a removable splint now. Marshall said on Twitter he had shed the cast that afternoon.

Dennis Marshall said it was too early to know if his son could play against Ohio on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in St. Louis. He said his son "hasn't been ruled out, but not cleared to play either."

The school had no update on Marshall's status Wednesday.

The left-handed Marshall was hurt when he was fouled on a drive against Creighton and had surgery Monday to install a screw in the wrist.

Marshall is averaging about eight points and 10 assists for the top-seeded Tar Heels (31-5) in the Midwest Region. He has scored in double figures for six straight games and has been at the helm of UNC's fast-paced attack.

If he can't play, freshman Stilman White or versatile senior Justin Watts would handle the point guard duties.

BRAND NEW IMAGE: With its surprising advance into the Sweet 16, Ohio University has something to talk about other than parties and potatoes.

Ohio, which is known regionally for its annual Halloween party, was ranked the top party school in the country by the 2011 Princeton Review last summer, an annoyance to administrators who have been trying to change that image.

"Honestly, I don't know where that party thing comes from," former Bobcats star Gary Trent said. "I've been on other college campuses. It's no more wild than any other."

The football program got its first bowl victory in December, beating Utah State 24-23 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl with a touchdown drive in the last two minutes.

CONFERENCE QUIPS: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim isn't a big fan of all the conference realignment going on.

The Big East is loaded with teams, 16 that play basketball. And that makes Orange F Kris Joseph's first-team all-conference selection more impressive.

"There's 26 or 28 teams, whatever it is, in our conference," Boeheim said, "so you've got to be real good to get in the first five or six. He's had a tremendous year. He's had a tremendous career at Syracuse."

Future stars for the Orange should have a shot at winning ACC honors. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are slated to leave the Big East for the ACC.

IN THE BOOTH: VCU coach Shaka Smart and Kansas State's Frank Martin will serve as guest analysts this week. CBS and Turner Sports said that Smart will join the Atlanta studio group for the region semifinals and finals today through Saturday on CBS and TBS. Martin will work with the New York studio for the region finals Saturday and Sunday on CBS.

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