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Kendall Marshall Injury Update: Roy Williams Has 'Strong Inclination' That Point Guard Won't Play Against Ohio

The biggest story heading in to tonight's Sweet 16 game between Ohio and North Carolina is the status of star point guard Kendall Marshall, who broke a bone in his wrist in the Tar Heels' win over Creighton on Sunday. Marshall had surgery on Monday and had a a screw inserted into the wrist. The hard cast came off on Wednesday and he's with the team in St. Louis, but head coach Roy Williams has a "strong inclination" that he's not going to play.

"I really don't know. I have a strong, strong inclination that he's not going to play….If he comes into my room tomorrow and says 'Hey, my wrist feels great' and drops down on the floor and does ten one-handed push ups on his right hand, then I'd say I'd probably play his rear-end. But I don't expect that to happen, I mean the guy can't brush his teeth right now."

Williams also told Craig Sager that Marshall has not practiced at all or done any work or testing of his wrist since the injury occurred. If he cannot go, it's a huge boost to the Bobcats' chances to pull off a shocking upset.

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