- Robbi Pickeral, College Basketball
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ST. LOUIS -- North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall will not play in Friday's NCAA Midwest Region semifinal against Ohio, a team spokesman said.
Freshman Stilman White, who has averaged 4.3 minutes per game this season, will start in his place.
Marshall, a sophomore Cousy Award finalist, fractured his right wrist Sunday against Creighton. Monday, the left-handed ball handler underwent surgery to have a screw inserted; and Wednesday, his cast was replaced by a stabilizing split.
Marshall said Thursday that doctors had told him his injury is healing fine, that the bone is strong and the blood flow has been good. If he were to play, doctors told him he would not risk further damage. As of Thursday, he had not practiced with the team since his injury.
There were two main factors, Marshall added, as to whether he would approach coach Roy Williams about playing: pain and range of motion.
If the top-seeded Tar Heels beat No. 13 seed Ohio, it is unknown whether Marshall -- who is averaging 8.1 points and 9.8 assists -- would be able to play in the Midwest Region final on Sunday.
Robbi Pickeral covers North Carolina men's basketball for ESPN.com.
North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall will not play in Friday's NCAA Midwest Region semifinal against Ohio, a team spokesman said.