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With John Henson back from an injury, North Carolina blew out Creighton, winning 87-73. However, as injuries have plagued the Tar Heels, one star came back and another was injured.
Point guard Kendall Marshall fractured his scaphoid bone in his right wrist, which is his non-dominant hand. While Marshall kept playing and has not been ruled out for the Sweet 16, I don't expect anything from him, and I would not be surprised to see him miss the rest of the tournament. Apparently, recovery can take up to six months.
Assuming that Marshall is done for the season, this team is now short three guards: Leslie McDonald, Dexter Strickland and Marshall. Marshall and Strickland are the team's two leaders in assists, and they no longer have any healthy players averaging 1.5 assists or more per game.
The top three leaders in assists on the team are Marshall (out), Strickland (out) and Henson (still dealing with a wrist injury), but there is a significant drop-off after Marshall.
This team still has the best frontcourt in the nation with Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller, and having James Michael McAdoo coming off the bench gives it the best big men in the country. However, with no one to pass to them, the team is in trouble.
The team will probably need Reggie Bullock to play point guard now, and he averages only 1.3 assists per game.
Without its point guard this team is in trouble, and I don't see it going very far in the tournament without him.