UNC Basketball: Is a Championship Still in Sight Even Without Kendall Marshall?

Stephen ChoContributor IIIMarch 18, 2012

Marshall's passing ability will be missed for sure
Marshall's passing ability will be missed for sureMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

If you have the ESPN ScoreCenter app on your phone, chances are that you recently received a notification telling you that Kendall Marshall fractured his right wrist in today's matchup against Creighton. 

The situation is all too familiar for UNC, who just had to deal with the absence of ACC Player of The Year John Henson (wrist injury). Now, as if right on cue, Marshall leaves just as Henson returns.

Henson, who logged in 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks against Creighton after missing the previous three games, was a sign of relief for UNC fans across the nation. However, the relief was cut short by a tweet from North Carolina Basketball's official twitter (@UNC_Basketball), when the account tweeted,

"Marshall has a fracture in his right wrist. Status for rest of tournament is unknown."

Marshall, the nation's second leading assist man, was injured with 10:56 remaining in the second half. Marshall has been one of the best, if not the best, playmakers in all of college basketball, showcasing unreal court vision day in and day out.

The loss of such an influential player, in Marshall, has an incredible impact on the Tar Heels' chances at a  national championship, let alone a trip to the Final Four. 

In the midst of all this troubling news, the one good thing can be taken out of it is that Marshall is lefty and injury is on the right hand. 

Even if Marshall ends up returning, not having the floor leader at 100 percent is a huge disadvantage for the Heels. That would mean that only three of the five starters would be healthy, which doesn't exactly add up to a championship.

Sorry UNC fans, sorry coach Roy Williams and sorry Barack Obama (he picked UNC to win it all), maybe next year.