ST. LOUIS — Kendall Marshall participated on a limited basis in North Carolina’s practice on Saturday but he said he would not have played had the Tar Heels had a game to play on Saturday. The Tar Heels will play Kansas at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday afternoon in the NCAA tournament Midwest regional finals.
Marshall suffered a broken bone in his right wrist during UNC’s victory against Creighton six days ago. He hadn’t participated in any basketball activities until Saturday. Marshall attempted shots and attempted passes, which he said were difficult.
He said catching passes, though, caused him the most pain. Marshall during practice wore a new brace on his wrist – the same kind he would wear if was to play on Sunday. The brace, he said, stabilizes his injury.
“I didn’t go through any contact things,” Marshall said of his participation in practice. “I went through a lot of the walk-through stuff. And shooting drills, things like that. And thankfully, because of my off hand, my jump shot’s almost better – because I have to really focus on my form and stuff. But it didn’t feel too bad.
“Obviously there’s going to be pain. But we’ll see tomorrow.”
Marshall said his status would be decided after the Tar Heels’ shootaround before the game on Sunday.