Midwest Regional 3rd Round: (1) North Carolina 81 – (8) Creighton 73

03/18/2012

GREENSBORO, NC – North Carolina cruised to an easy victory, but the feeling in the locker room afterwards was one of devastation.

The Tar Heels joined Kentucky, Syracuse, and Michigan State as top-seeded teams to reach the Sweet 16, after an 81-73 dismantling of Creighton which wasn’t nearly as close as the score may indicate.  However, it was learned after the game that starting point guard Kendall Marshall suffered a broken wrist on his non-shooting hand.  His status for the remainder of the tournament was unknown as of this writing.

Five Tar Heels scored in double-figures, with Marshall’s 18 points and 11 assists leading the way.  Naismith Award nominee Doug McDermott led Creighton with 20 points and 8 rebounds.  North Carolina will meet the winner of South Florida-Ohio in the Sweet 16.

Gary Cohen and Reid Gettys called the action on the Westwood One Radio Network.

(Marshall aggressive to the rim as UNC builds a 9-point lead)

(Barnes connects outside the arc as the lead grows to 15)

(Wragge connects on a three as the Bluejays draw within ten)

(Back from injury, Henson announces his presence with the and-one)

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