Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball

Kendall Marshall Injury Will Change the Complexion of the Tournament

It looked like a fairly innocent tumble at first glance, but with the news of Kendall Marshall’s fractured right wrist, it is a fall that we will all be incredibly familiar with by next Friday’s regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Ohio Bobcats.

Whether or not Kendall Marshall will be able to play next week in St. Louis is still yet to be determined, but the initial prognosis isn’t good and the potential loss of Marshall looms large over the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels. The sophomore sensation put up sensational numbers in wins over Vermont and Creighton (29 points and 21 assists.)

Marshall plays the unquestioned role of facilitator to an explosive Carolina offense that was second in the nation this year in scoring. He was second in the nation this year in assists, and the injury leaves North Carolina with a potentially huge void in their backcourt.

The Tar Heels are already without Dexter Strickland, another guard and perhaps the best perimeter defender in the country. Now, with Marshall’s availability questionable, one of the prohibitive favorites to win the national championship looks like an entirely different team.

Seldomly used backup point guard Stilman White is now the only player on the Carolina roster with experience at the point guard position with Marshall possibly out. Another option to mask the Tar Heels lack of depth in their backcourt would be to play Harrison Barnes as somewhat of a point forward.

The talented sophomore and likely lottery pick certainly has the skill-set to play that sort of role, but he has primarily worked away from the ball offensively throughout his two years in Chapel Hill. However, the frontcourt depth in North Carolina may allow Barnes to work as the primary ball-handler without giving up too much length at the rim.

The Tar Heels would still be formidable without Marshall, as their successes this year have been based mostly on their length and athleticism. However, losing a player that creates for others would be a gigantic blow to North Carolina. The Tar Heels don’t have many players on their roster that can create their own shot off the dribble, and without Kendall Marshall, Carolina will be challenged offensively.

What seemed like a simple fall may have very well changed the entire complexion of the NCAA Tournament. Now the Tar Heels are faced with the prospects of losing their offensive catalyst at the most critical stage of their season.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

Jamal Murray's 3's Help Kentucky Beat Florida

Kentucky guard Jamal Murray had eight 3-pointers to help the Wildcats beat Florida 80-61 Saturday. Murray finished with a career-high 35 points in the victory and became the first UK player to hit eight 3's in a game since Eric Bledsoe knocked down eight against East Tennessee State in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech Basketball Highlights (2015-16)

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech: The Hokies won a last second thriller at home over the Tigers, 60-57. Zach Leday would pace Virginia Tech with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Center Landry Nnoko stuffed the stat sheet for Clemson in the loss as he registered 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

WCC This Week | February 6, 2016

The sixth episode of "WCC This Week" previews the Game of the Week, Pacific at BYU, and recaps Thursday's WCC action. Plus, we learn how Stockton native TJ Wallace almost didn't become the hometown hero. The show was produced by and aired on BYUtv on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

Colorado State 76, Nevada 67

Colorado State's 14-5 run in the last minutes of the game propelled the Rams past the Wolf Pack. Antwan Scott puts up 23 points and Emmanuel Omogbo was a force below with 18 rebounds. Ray Crawford and Jordan Cornette have the call at Moby Arena.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

NC State vs. Duke Basketball Highlights (2015-16)

NC State vs. Duke: Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard combined for 54 points as Duke pushed its way past NC State, 88-80. Wolfpack guard Cat Barber led NC State with 26 points in the loss but exited the game in the closing moments with an apparent right hand injury.

Comment 0 Comments