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March 19, 2012Chapel Hill - University of North Carolina sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall underwent successful surgery this morning at UNC Hospitals to repair a broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist.
Dr. Don Bynum inserted a screw to stabilize the fracture, which occurred during the second half of Carolina's win over Creighton in the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Marshall's playing status for Friday's Sweet 16 game against Ohio University is not known at this time.
Head coach Roy Williams said he will not know until later in the week whether the nation's leader in assists will be able to play against the Bobcats.
Marshall has 351 assists in 36 games this season, the most in Atlantic Coast Conference history and the fourth most in NCAA history. He had 18 points and 11 assists against Creighton, his fifth double-double in the last six games.
The Dumfries, Va., native is averaging 8.1 points and 9.8 assists for the season. He leads the NCAA in assist-error ratio at 3.5 to 1(second-best in ACC history) and is averaging 9.8 assists per game, the second-highest figure in the nation, the eighth-highest in NCAA history and the best in ACC history.
Marshall is averaging 14.8 points and 10.3 assists in the last six games. He became only the second Tar Heel to have consecutive double-doubles in points and assists in NCAA Tournament history.