Marshall injury stirs memories of 1984 at UNC

By Aaron Beard

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, March 21 2012 11:30 a.m. MDT

North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, left, and Kendall Marshall, right, share a laugh before a news conference in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 17, 2012. North Carolina faces Creighton in a third-round NCAA tournament college basketball game on Sunday.

Gerry Broome, Associated Press

North Carolina is reliving a 28-year-old nightmare.

In 1984, the Tar Heels began the year favored to win the national basketball championship — but their point guard broke his wrist.

Fast forward to 2012, and point guard Kendall Marshall could be out with a broken wrist when North Carolina meets Ohio Friday in the round of 16 in St. Louis.

The Tar Heels were unable to get it done in 1984 with the team that included future NBA stars Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins even though Smith returned to the lineup.

North Carolina will see if can get it done this year with a roster than includes Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller with Marshall's return uncertain.

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