March Madness heats up tonight as the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and Kansas Jayhawks tip off this evening in Elite Eight NCAA Tournament action at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, with a berth in the Final Four in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on the line.
You can watch all the Midwest Regional action between the top seeded Tar Heels and the second seeded Jayhawkslive online here.
Here’s a video from UNC’s win over Ohio on Friday night:
And here’s more on this Elite Eight game between UNC and Kansas:
The second matchup of surviving one and two seeds features a contrast in styles. Kansas’ physical, deliberate style of play will challenge UNC, which likes to get out and run and can do so as well and probably better than anyone else in the nation, but without point guard Kendall Marshall UNC will be tested much more than they were in Friday’s overtime win over 13th seed Ohio.
The winner of the Midwest Regional Final will advance to take on the champion of the East Regional on Saturday at the Final Four in New Orleans.
Here’s more on the game from CBS Sports:
North Carolina sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall participated in his first practice Saturday since suffering a broken wrist and is questionable to play in Sunday’s Midwest Regional final against Kansas.
The left-handed Marshall suffered a broken wrist last Sunday against Creighton. He underwent surgery Monday to install a screw in his wrist and had the cast removed Wednesday.
“Kendall today [Saturday] went through the dummy stuff,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “It was the first day he’s bounced a ball, the first day he caught a ball, the first day he shot a ball.”
Williams said Marshall did not participate in any of the Tar Heels’ live driills.
“Now we want to see if [the wrist] bothers him,” Williams said. “[Sunday] at shootaround we’ll do the same thing.”
Williams said two things would determine if Marshall plays with a Final Four berth on the line.
“He has to feel comfortable and can he be effective in the game in that situation,” Williams said.
Marshall, who is averaging 9.75 assists and 8.1 points per game, has said the wrist is improving each day, but his range of motion had to improve and the pain had to decrease before he’d be able to play again.
Kansas coach Bill Self said earlier Saturday he anticipated Marshall would play, but the Jayhawks won’t change much whether he played or not.