UNC Basketball: 8 Reasons Tar Heels Beat Ohio Despite Missing Kendall Marshall

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UNC Basketball: 8 Reasons Tar Heels Beat Ohio Despite Missing Kendall Marshall
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If there is anything we learned in Friday night's NCAA tournament game, it's that winning doesn't come easy for North Carolina without their prized point guard Kendall Marshall. UNC had to take Ohio to overtime, winning 73-65 to advance to the Elite Eight.

Without Marshall, North Carolina lacked their trademark tempo. They had to take the time set plays—it was rare they scored with 20 seconds or more on the shot clock. If UNC advances far enough to get Marshall back, having to set plays may make them better. After all, slowing the Tar Heels down is how teams have beaten them.

It was a win, but it wasn't pretty by any means. The Tar Heels were constantly getting stripped, leading to 24 turnovers as a team. Players had to create too much and it was easy pickings for the Ohio defense.

I could pick apart the whole game and knock Carolina for everything they did wrong, but I'm not going to. They had to play without one of the best point guards to don the Carolina blue. And even as a 13 seed, Ohio is no easy win—just ask No. 4 Michigan and No. 12 South Florida.

What I will do, is break down exactly how they got it done without their floor general.

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