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UNC coach Roy Williams says Kendall Marshall not likely to play

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UNC's Kendall Marshall (left) huddles with his teammates following their practice on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis as they prepare for Friday's NCAA tournament game against Ohio tomorrow. Marshall broke his wrist Sunday in the Tar Heels' game against Creighton in Greensboro. Photo: Robert Willett -

ST. LOUIS — North Carolina coach Roy Williams said here on Thursday that he has a “strong, strong inclination” that Kendall Marshall will not play for the Tar Heels when they face Ohio on Friday night in the NCAA tournament Midwest regional semifinals.

Marshall suffered a broken right wrist during UNC’s 87-73 victory against Creighton on Sunday in Greensboro. He underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist.

Marshall had his cast removed on Wednesday, but he has continued to wear a splint.

“I have a strong, strong inclination that he is not going to play,” Williams said. “But at my press conference this week, I said I'll satisfy half of you by saying, okay, he's going to play and he's going to start and he's going to play every minute. And I'll satisfy the other half of you by saying there's no way in Hades that he's going to play. And that should tell you that I really don't know.

“If he comes in to my room tomorrow and says, ‘My wrist feels great,’ and he drops down to the floor and does 10 right handed pushups on his right hand, then I'll say I'll probably play his rear end. But I don't expect that to happen. I mean, the guy can't brush his teeth right now.

“But we've had other doctors say in the Raleigh News and Observer, ‘Oh, yeah, he can play’ and all those kind of things. So that's what's caused in my opinion, all the interest or all the difference of opinion whether he can play or not.”

See photos of the team - including Marshall - departing Wednesday afternoon for St. Louis.

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Andrew Carter is the University of North Carolina beat writer for the News & Observer.