North Carolina showed no first game rust and rolled over Maryland in their quarterfinal game, 85-69. The Tar Heels went 7 of 15 from threes and Kendall Marshall dished out 12 assists in the game. The effort gave Marshall the single season ACC record for assists.
Marshall now has 311 assists on the season passing Georgia Tech's Craig Neal who held the record since the 1987-88 season.
The only negative in the game involved John Henson, who sat the majority of the game after injuring his wrist on a fall in the first half. He was seen most of the game with an ice pack on his wrist. After the game, Coach Williams indicated that he understood x-rays were negative but how soon Henson can return is questionable.
In Henson's absence, John Michael McAdoo may have played his best game of the season going for 14 points and 8 rebounds.
The Carolina attack was very balanced with 5 players in double figure scoring. Reggie Bullock and Harrison Barnes finished with 15 points while Tyler Zeller matched McAdoo's 14 points. Marshall had 13 points to go with his slew of assists.
Marshall knew he had to step up after Henson's injury, "I didn't know how serious it was,. But when he started
squirming for a long period of time, I thought it could be something kind of serious. He's dealt with a little wrist pain last year. We're hoping for the best."
Terrell Stoglin had 30 points for Maryland who finish the season at 17-15 and await whether or not they are invited to the NIT. North Carolina moves on with a record of 28-4 and will play the winner of the N.C. State-Virginia game on Saturday in the semifinals.