NCAA Tournament Scores 2012: Kendall Marshall Injury Destroys North Carolina

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 19, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 18:  Kendall Marshall #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts from the bench while taking on the Creighton Bluejays during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 18, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Head coach Roy Williams of the Tar Heels announced that Marshall fractured his right wrist after he was fouled in the second half.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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North Carolina will not catch any breaks on their way to an NCAA Tournament title. As one player gets healthy in John Henson, another crucial part of the team leaves in Kendall Marshall. 

North Carolina welcomed back John Henson this weekend after he had been sitting because of a wrist injury. 

The celebration will have to wait because another crucial member of this team is now being hit with a wrist injury, and his presence will be needed far more than Henson's. 

That seems a bit much considering Henson is a defensive juggernaut and a pivotal Tar Heels player that will invigorate this team as he gets back to full health. 

Against Creighton, Henson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, but the loss of Kendall Marshall is tournament shattering. 

Erick Smith of USA Today reports Marshall had surgery on his non-shooting wrist Monday and had a pin inserted in his wrist to repair a broken scaphoid bone. 

It's too early to know if Marshall will make it back in time to play this weekend's games, or if he will feature at any point for the rest of the season. 

Either way, you can call off the championship celebrations. 

The Tar Heels are one of the strongest and deepest teams in the tourney, but there is no way they win it all without Marshall. 

Marshall is averaging 14.8 points and 10.3 assists in the last six games and is no less than the impetus to the North Carolina offense. 

He may not be the marquee name bandied about, but he is certainly the most important cog on offense, a quarterback that drives the Tar Heels forward. 

Without Marshall, the Tar Heels would look to freshman Stilman White and senior Justin Watts to dominate the ball and dish out dimes. 

Neither of them have the poise that Marshall has displayed this season. This is the time of year when you need your on-court general. 

North Carolina is getting tested in the worst way right now, and they simply do not have enough to pass their latest struggle. 

For up-to-date scores, visit official CBS bracket.