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Kendall Marshall Injury Update: North Carolina Guard Practicing, Hopes To Play

The Kansas Jayhawks are going to be playing a North Carolina Tar Heel team at limited strength. Whether or not Kendall Marshall will be among those out is the biggest question for a UNC team that came close to losing on Friday to the Ohio Bobcats. Not exactly what you expect from a No. 1 seed.

Then again, that shows just how valuable Marshall is as the Tar Heels' point guard. Marshall has been sitting out all week from practice and any game action due to a fractured wrist. He addressed his chance to play in a recent interview:

"Today I was able to get out on the court. It felt great to be out there after sitting out for six days. It was obviously sore. It's going to be painful. It's going to be like that for six weeks. It's just a matter of how much I can take. I didn't do any full contact things, nothing 100 percent, but I did do passing, catching, shooting, some little pre-practice secondary drills going up and down. I did what I could. If we were to play right now I would not play, but we'll make a final decision tomorrow after shootaround."

The Jayhawks have gone on record saying they want to face North Carolina at full strength, but it will certainly help their chances if Marshall cannot go. He is the ignition for that engine and the team is much more dominant with him than without him. Either way, KU is bound to have their hands full with a Final Four berth on the line.

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