UNC and Kendall Marshall: A Potential Hero in the Making

J HillContributor IIIMarch 23, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 18:  Kendall Marshall #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on in the second half against the Creighton Bluejays during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 18, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Head coach Roy Williams of the Tar Heels announced that Marshall fractured his right wrist after he was fouled in the second half.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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During North Carolina's last game versus eighth-seeded Creighton, UNC's star point guard Kendall Marshall went down and fractured his wrist, along with the hopes of the University of North Carolina's shot at its sixth national basketball title.

As it stands right now, Marshall is listed as day-to-day by Tar Heels coach Roy Williams for their match up against the Ohio University Bobcats today. Whether his status is a ploy to keep the Bobcats guessing as far as preparation goes is a possibility, however, Kendall's father seems to think he's good to go, saying his son is "doing much better." This is very surprising, considering Marshall had surgery to place a screw into his broken right wrist only Monday.

Kendall Marshall starting, fighting through the pain and playing well enough to help the No. 1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels secure victory over the thirteenth-seeded Ohio University Bobcats sets the stage for a story that could eclipse all previous great NCAA Tournament stories.

As it stands now, Kendall Marshall has been averaging 8.1 ppg and 9.8 apg this season, but during the Creighton game, he posted 18 points and 11 assists, and the game before that, against sixteenth-seeded Vermont, accrued 11 points and 10 assists.

If Kendall Marshall posts 10 points and 5 assists and the Tar Heels secure the victory over Ohio University, it will be a story that will take over the sports world and go on to be one of the best stories in the history of the NCAA Tournament.