North Carolina will hit the floor again today in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional but its point guard will likely be sitting on the bench, unable to play because of a broken right wrist.
The Tar Heels will play Ohio University tonight at 7:47 at the Edwards Jones Dome, the site of its 2005 NCAA championship. Kendall Marshall is still recovering from Sunday's injury and Monday's surgery to implant a screw.
UNC set to face tough Ohio defense
The Winston Salem Journal
Stilman White could step squarely into the biggest game of his basketball career today for North Carolina in the NCAA tournament.
White, a freshman who plays only a handful of minutes each game, could be the player North Carolina turns to at point guard against Ohio University in the Midwest Regional semifinals if injured Kendall Marshall can't play.
UNC's White may be thrown into fray
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina senior Justin Watts has spent most of his career helping his teammates off the court, whether it was spending extra time in the gym with a slumping shooter or offering encouragement to a nervous freshman.
But when UNC plays Ohio tonight in the Midwest Regional semifinals, Watts' contributions to the team will become much more visible.
Watts, Heels ‘confident' about expanded role
The Durham Herald-Sun
As North Carolina took the court for its open practice Thursday at the Edward Jones Dome, sophomore Kendall Marshall came out with a black splint on his right wrist and found a seat on the bench.
It was a preview of what may happen tonight, when No. 1-seeded UNC likely will face No. 13 Ohio in the Sweet 16 (7:47 p.m., TBS) without its star point guard.
Marshall: ‘My team is prepared with or without me'
The Durham Herald-Sun
Harrison Barnes planned to go to sleep Thursday night with a clear mindset regarding the uncertainty that surrounds Kendall Marshall.
Barnes said he would head to bed mentally prepared forNorth Carolinato be minusMarshall, its floor general and passing whiz, entering tonight's Sweet 16 matchup in the NCAA Tournament.
If dreams come true, Tar Heels will weather guard's wrist injury
The Burlington Times-News
White was unexpectedly thrust into the limelight Sunday after UNC's third-round tournament win against Creighton when it was announced Marshall had suffered a broken wrist. As Marshall's backup all season, the 6-foot, 160-pound freshman suddenly became the first option to replace one of college basketball's best point men on a team considered one of the favorites to win the national title.
North Carolina's Stilman White can handle pressure of playing for injured Kendall Marshall
The Fayetteville Observer
When the Tar Heels play Ohio tonight at the Edward Jones Dome in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals, White likely is to be UNC's starting point guard. He stands a good chance to start in place of Kendall Marshall, who on Sunday suffered a broken right wrist in the Tar Heels' 87-73 victory against Creighton.
Big moment for UNC's backup point guard
The Charlotte Observer
Harrison Barnes grew up in Ames, Iowa, and is the son of former Iowa State basketball player Ron Harris.
"I'd been around Big 12 basketball all my life," he said Thursday. "That's what I'd been exposed to."
But he was, in a sense, born to be a North Carolina Tar Heel.
North Carolina's Barnes carries song in his heart
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Being the youngest in the family has its benefits.
For Nick Kellogg, 20, it's the lessons learned through observation and conversation, being Rosy and Clark Kellogg's baby boy.
Ohio University men's basketball player Nick Kellogg carving his own niche
The Cleveland Plain Dealer