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The Marshall Sixteen Assist Game

Streeter Lecka

Every once in awhile UNC ends up with a basketball game on Super Bowl Sunday and one of the more memorable of these happened in 2011. To set the scene, Larry Drew(aka Some Other Kid) abruptly left the team two days prior to UNC facing Florida State in Chapel Hill on February 6, 2011. That left freshman Kendall Marshall, who had only recently entered the starting lineup for the Tar Heels, as the lone true point guard for a UNC team that had started to gel. In his first game after Drew's departure against the best defensive team in the ACC that season, Marshall put on a virtuoso performance. It was a clinic and quite possibly a giant middle finger extended in the general direction of the departed Drew.

Marshall's sixteen assists ended up being a UNC record for an ACC game, a mark he would equal almost one year later at Maryland. While there had been glimpses of what Marshall could do prior to this game, this was the first one were he "dominated" a contest with his facilitation of the offense.

Speaking of Marshall, the former Tar Heel point guard is averaging 11.9 ppg, 11.5 apg and shooting 44% from three in since taking over as starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers in early January.