North Carolina relief pitcher Chris McCue had nothing to work with in the sixth inning other than the ball in his hand.
After just barely beating No. 13-seeded Ohio on Friday and playing again without point guard Kendall Marshall, No.
ST. LOUIS — Silence covered North Carolina’s locker room like death, but that coldness hit the Tar Heels long before the final seconds slipped away.
Kendall Marshall sat in UNC’s locker room at St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome with ice on his wrist and bright orange and red shoes. His smile, for the first time it seemed since injuring his wrist against Creighton, rivaled the shoes.
Not much will come easy for UNC against Kansas when the two teams meet Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Here are a few storylines to keep an eye on before that game, as well as a few things that are just worth noting.
Reggie Bullock heard it all week, and then on the court: North Carolina can’t win without Kendall Marshall. It goaded him.
North Carolina burst out to an early lead against Ohio. At one point, the Tar Heels led 22-8 before the Bobcats put together a bit of a run.
North Carolina starting point guard Kendall Marshall will not play in UNC’s Sweet 16 game against Ohio, team sources confirmed Friday afternoon.
After a week-long search for the answer of how to win without Kendall Marshall, coach Roy Williams thinks he found the answer — and it might be simpler than he first thought.
Without Marshall, advancing will be difficult, and that’s what UNC is preparing for. Williams said 100 percent of his team’s preparation will be to play against Ohio without Marshall. The Tar Heels will likely be forced to change its in-game strategy without the second-team All-ACC point guard.
Larry Drew II has enrolled at the University of California at Los Angeles and will finish his collegiate basketball career as a Bruin. Drew started class at UCLA on Monday, the first day of the university’s spring quarter. “We are very excited about the addition of Larry Drew II to our program,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said in a teleconference.
If you’re just now tuning in to the Rutgers-North Carolina football game, you haven’t missed much. UNC has already fumbled it, botched a punt and failed to move the sticks multiple times. But, after surviving the first quarter to be down 10-0, UNC found some offense. T.J. Yates has continued to move the ball efficiently and Johnny White has run the ball well. But, with less than a minute left in the first half, Jheranie Boyd fumbled, forfeiting the Tar Heels’ shots at timing down Rutgers’ 10-7 halftime lead.
With the series split at 12 games a piece and No. 4 North Carolina (4-0) seeking its first win in Annapolis, Md. since 2001, it seemed almost like the Tar Heels were due to turn the tide.The Tar Heels, who started 3-0 for the third straight year, were in search of their fourth win in a row.They were successful, winning 11-4.
According to Tar Heel Monthly's Twitter feed, North Carolina announced that its Homecoming game will be played against William & Mary on Oct. 30.