The Kentucky Wildcats have cruised to the Sweet 16. Syracuse edged out a first round game (with help from the refs) and handled K State easily in the second round. Michigan State beat up on LIU and did just enough to beat St Louis in a close game this afternoon. These three teams have to be feeling really good about their past weekends. Unfortunately, the last #1 seed did not get through the weekend as lucky. In today’s win against Creighton, UNC guard Kendall Marshall went down after driving to the hoop. He landed on his hand, shook off the injury and finished the game. He even stayed on to play another 5 minutes in the game before taking a seat on the bench. It was announced after the game that Marshall unfortunately fractured his wrist on his fall, and is now questionable for the remainder of the tournament.
Now I am not a doctor, but I don’t see how it’s really possible to play basketball with a broken wrist. I am going to take this news to mean that Marshall is done for the year. As big a loss at Fab Melo is to the Syracuse Orange, this is worse news for the Tarheels. UNC’s offense runs through Marshall. He is the floor leader and his close to 10 assists a game are crucial to getting the team into their flow. Now I never want to see anybody get hurt, but since I have a Kansas vs. Kentucky finals, I am not too upset by the news. I felt that UNC was overrated coming into the tournament, as I really didn’t think the ACC was strong at all this year, illustrated by Duke’s loss to Lehigh. Henson had a huge game coming off his injury, and Barnes is a really nice player (though I think overrated as well and some people are talking about him as being a lottery draft pick). However, Marshall is the most important player and I think the tournament for UNC is coming to an end.