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March Madness 2012, Kansas Vs. North Carolina Update: Stilman White Strong In First Half

The North Carolina Tar Heels have had to deal with Kendall Marshall's injury ever since he left their Round of 32 contest in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a wrist injury that required surgery, but March Madness is all about surprise performances: reserve freshman Stilman White was very strong in his first-half performance vs. the Kansas Jayhawks. He scored four points—shooting just twice and making two free throws—but he added six assists, facilitating an offense that raced right along with the Jayhawks to a 50-point half. With 15 minutes to go in the second half, the Tar Heels trail the Jayhawks 58-53, but that's not on White; he's been as good as UNC could possibly have expected.

In the regular season White was a non-factor—he averaged just 0.8 points in five minutes a game. He was similarly irrelevant in the Jayhawks' overtime win against a dangerous Ohio squad; in 32 minutes he scored two points on 0-4 shooting and tossed six more assists.

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