Updated Mon, Mar 19, 2012 10:39 am
Ohio's path to a Final Four is terrifically difficult - with North Carolina and Kansas as possible opponents - but the Bobcats got a break even before polishing off South Florida on Sunday.
UNC point guard Kendall Marshall fractured his right wrist in the Tar Heels' win over Creighton and will likely miss Friday's Sweet 16 game in St. Louis. Marshall, according to his father and every national media outlet, will have surgery Monday to insert a screw into the wrist. Marshall, according to national reports, still hopes to play Friday night but is listed as doubtful.
The point guard is averaging 8.1 points per game and 9.8 assists per contest. He boasts an assist-to-turnover ratio of near 4:1. Marshall is unquestionably one of the best point guards in the nation.
If he cannot go, UNC will be forced to replace Marshall with freshman Stilman White, who averages just 4.3 minutes played per game.
"My mentality is going to be the same regardless of who it is or who we're playing against," Ohio point guard Dj Cooper said after the Bobcats' 62-56 win over South Florida Sunday. "I'm sorry to hear that against a good player getting hurt, but we're going to come compete regardless who it is."
Friday's clash tips off at 7:47 p.m. EST and will be televised on TBS.