Marshall's cast removed

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall is out of his cast following surgery on his broken right wrist.

In a text message to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Marshall’s father Dennis said his son is wearing a removable splint now. Marshall said on Twitter he had shed the cast earlier in the afternoon.

Dennis Marshall said it was still too early to know if his son could play against Ohio on Friday in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16 in St. Louis. He said his son “hasn’t been ruled out, but not cleared to play either.”

The school had no update on Marshall’s status Wednesday.

The left-handed Marshall was hurt when he was fouled on a drive against Creighton and had surgery Monday to install a screw in the wrist.

Marshall is averaging about eight points and 10 assists for the top-seeded Tar Heels (31-5) in the Midwest Regional.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH: Shaka Smart says he will stay with the school.

Illinois had offered its coaching job to Smart, according to multiple reports.

In a statement released by VCU on Wednesday, Smart, 34, said: “I’m looking forward to building on the successes of our program and university.”

Smart’s Rams were the darlings of last year’s tournament, going from the First Four to the Final Four after barely making it in as a No. 11 seed. They lost to Indiana in this season’s third round Saturday.

IOWA STATE: Sophomore forward Royce White is leaving the school after playing one season and declaring for the NBA Draft.

White, the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Year, said at a news conference Wednesday that he intended to sign with an agent soon.

The 6-foot-8, 270-pound forward from Minneapolis led the Cyclones with 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds a game this season and helped Iowa State reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years.

NIT

MINNESOTA 78, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 72

In Murfreesboro, Tenn., Rodney Williams and Andre Hollins each scored 24 points to help Minnesota advance to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Elliott Eliason added 12 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota, while Hollins also had six rebounds and four assists.

Marcos Knight led Middle Tennessee
(27-7) with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Minnesota (22-14) will face Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. It will mark the Gophers’ first appearance in the NIT semis since 2003.

The Gophers handed Middle Tennessee only its second home loss of the season.


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