Creighton Coach Sorry Carolina’s Marshall Got Hurt


March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton coach Greg McDermott called North Carolina coach Roy Williams to say there was no intent to injure point guard Kendall Marshall when Ethan Wragge fouled him in Sunday’s NCAA tournament game in Greensboro, N.C.

Marshall had surgery on his broken right wrist Monday, and it’s uncertain whether he’ll play Friday against Ohio in the regional semifinals. The Tar Heels (31-5) are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest.

McDermott said Tuesday that Williams is a “good friend” and that he wanted to let the Tar Heels’ coach know that he was sorry Marshall was hurt.

The Bluejays have been criticized by some Carolina fans and analysts for being overly physical, perhaps dirty. McDermott said people who watched his team through the season wouldn’t describe the Bluejays as “physical.”