NCAA Tournament 2012: UNC Prepares for Kansas Without Kendall Marshall

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NCAA Tournament 2012: UNC Prepares for Kansas Without Kendall Marshall
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Kendall Marshall breaks his fall on his right wrist

Kendall Marshall's wrist injury has been another devastating setback for the North Carolina Tar Heels— for the point guard has been dubbed the leader and creative force of the UNC basketball team. 

During this season, Marshall has averaged nearly 10 assists per game and has proven to be a significant scoring threat. As the UNC record holder for assists during a season, he has been involved in almost half of the points accumulated this season.  

The Tar Heels' performance suffers without Marshall's presence on the court, and the team barely scraped by 13th seeded Ohio in overtime. 

This game would certainly have been a blowout for UNC if they were at full strength, but injuries have plagued the season. 

Shooting guard Leslie McDonald suffered an ACL injury before the season even began. Junior guard Dexter Strickland tore his ACL halfway through the season.

And John Henson injured his wrist during the ACC tournament. Although Henson returned, Kendall Marshall soon took his place as the latest injured Tar Heel. 

All is not lost, however. North Carolina would not have achieved the No. 1 seeding without any depth. If the Tar Heels plan to defeat Kansas, here's a few things that must happen.

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