UNC preparing to play without Marshall

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Top-seeded North Carolina is preparing "100 percent" to play without point guard Kendall Marshall on Friday in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinals, coach Roy Williams said Tuesday.

There is still a chance that the Cousy Award finalist -- who had surgery Monday to insert a screw into his fractured right wrist -- could play against 13th-seeded Ohio. But right now, Williams said, he has "no idea" what factors will indicate whether Marshall can play, because he's in uncharted territory.

"If he comes running in here now and says, 'God, I can play!' I'll say, 'Well, let's talk about it,'" said Williams, frustrated with the continued questioning about the nation's assist leader. "But he's in a frickin' cast and I cannot give you any answers. I've given everybody all the answers I can give, because I have said honestly, 'I do not know.'"

Williams said Marshall, who is averaging 9.7 assists per game, did go to classes Tuesday, meaning he would likely be able to fly with the team to St. Louis when it leaves Wednesday night.

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