North Carolina Advances, Marshall Hurt
UNDATED (AP) - North Carolina has advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament for the 25th time in history, but it may have been costly.
Kendall Marshall fractured a bone in his right wrist in the second half of the Tar Heels 87-73 win over Creighton in the Midwest Regional. The left-handed point guard wound up with 18 points and 11 assists to help North Carolina improve to 31-5. Marshall's status for the rest of the NCAA tournament is unknown. He's the quarterback of North Carolina's fast-paced attack and if he can't play, it would be a big blow.
John Henson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to help the Tar Heels build a 15-point first half lead and cruise to the win.
Doug McDermott paced Creighton with 20 points.
Next up for top-seed North Carolina will be Ohio University. The Bobcats became just the seventh team seeded 13th or lower to reach the Sweet Sixteen with a 62-56 win over South Florida. Walter Offutt had 21 for Ohio and D.J. Cooper added 19.
The last time Ohio made it to the round of 16 was 1964.
Kansas avoided being the third No. 2 seed to lose on the opening weekend of the tournament.
The Jayhawks got 18 points from Elijah Johnson, including the go ahead basket in the final minute, in a 63-60 win over upset-minded Purdue. Thomas Robinson added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Kansas which didn't take the lead until just over three minutes to go in the game.
Robbie Hummel helped the Boilermakers open an early 11-point lead by scoring 22 of his 26 points before intermission.
Ryne Smith had his potential game-tying three pointer carom off the backboard and hit the front of the rim before falling away.
The Jayhawks will face North Carolina State in the round of 16. The Wolfpack is making its first trip to the regional semifinals since 2005 after holding off third-seeded Georgetown 66-63.
C.J. Leslie, Scott Wood and C.J. Williams shared scoring honors for the Wolfpack with 14 points each.
Michigan State survived a scare while advancing to the round of 16 of the NCAA basketball tournament.
Draymond Green scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and set up Keith Appling's late 3-pointer, giving top-seeded Michigan State a 65-61 victory over ninth-seeded Saint Louis in third-round play. Appling finished with a game-high 19 points.
Michigan State will play No. 4 seed Louisville in the West Regional semifinals Thursday in Phoenix.
Xavier is heading back to the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth time in five years after beating Lehigh 70-58. Seven-foot center Kenny Frease scored a career high 25 points and had 12 rebounds in the win. Lehigh will have to be content with departing the tournament with the lofty memory of their stunning upset of second-seeded Duke on Friday. Xavier next takes on Baylor in the regional semifinals.
Florida put an emphatic end to Norfolk State's Cinderella story in the NCAA tournament. The Gators put together an early 25-0 run to take command and rolled to an 84-50 win over the 14th seeded Spartans. Kenny Boyton scored 20 to lead five Gators in double figures.
Marcus Tamares had 12 for Norfolk State which stunned second-seeded Missouri Friday.
Cincinnati earned the last spot in the Sweet Sixteen with a 62-56 win over Florida State. Dion Dixon stole the ball and went in for a dunk to give the Bearcats the lead for good with 1:32 left. He finished with 15 points. Cincinnati will take on Ohio State in Boston Thursday, giving the state of Ohio four teams in the final 16.