Hansbrough 'extremely doubtful' for UNC hoops season opener

Posted November 12, 2008

North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough, the 2008 national player of the year, is extremely doubtful to play in the Tar Heels' season opener this Saturday against Penn, basketball head coach Roy Williams said Wednesday.

"We¹ve made the decision to hold Tyler Hansbrough out of action a little longer," Williams said. "It¹s extremely doubtful that he would play against Pennsylvania, and I emphasize 'extremely doubtful.' We will continue to evaluate him and have more information when it becomes available."

Hansbrough has been sidelined since the last week of October with a stress reaction in his right shin.

The senior from Poplar Bluff, Mo., has played in all 108 games the Tar Heels have played in over his previous three seasons.

Williams will have his first preseason press conference on Friday at 2 p.m.


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  • OriginalTarHeel Nov 13, 2008

    Hopefully Hansbrough can come back for the Kentucky game.

    Go HEELS!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 13, 2008

    "And as for Butch, he isnt going anywhere."

    Better hope not. :)

  • heels4life05 Nov 13, 2008

    Wont matter. This is good for Ed Davis and Tyler Zeller to get some playing time. We all know what Hansbrough can do. Would'nt mind if Hansbrough sat out until the Knetucky game. And as for Butch, he isnt going anywhere. Go Heels!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 13, 2008

    Here's one thing we can both probably agree on... it's high time the NCSU-UNC game had ACC and National implications. Every year, this game is only important to the fans of those schools. (Granted, this year's meeting only matters for ACC title, but if Va Tech wins tonight, that might even be a moot point.)

    I want both teams to get to the point where we're both unbeaten late into the season when we meet! Imagine that, possible BCS implications on this game.

    I think we have coaches that can get us to that point. Hopefully the Butch-to-Tennessee rumors won't hold true. I'd like to see the Butch-TOB rivalry for years to come.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 13, 2008

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    Oh, that was horrible! Yep, it was 9-6. At least Wake won the game, though.

  • cutclifferules Nov 13, 2008

    It couldn't be more boring tnan Wake/GT. What was that final score-- 9-6?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 13, 2008

    "Good luck against Wake."


    I hope we beat Wake, but part of me would hate to keep Wake from making it to the championship game. Especially if Carolina ends up there. It would be neat to see Wake and Carolina playing for the championship (with Wake winning, of course. heh heh!) How boring would a Virginia Tech/Maryland matchup be?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 13, 2008

    You're the one that said I won that one, not me. I just re-stated that, and then followed up by saying you won a different one (the part where I ceded to you that I was surprised at the totals for Kenan Stadium not being as low as I originally thought...)

    Again, I don't believe last year's numbers tell us anything anyway. We were ALL excited and buying up tickets to see what the new coaches would do. Although, State has sold out Carter-Finley for something like eight years in a row. Not sure Carolina has done that, my guess is not.

    Carolina fans are not exactly indifferent to football. Maybe that was the wrong word. But many of them elevate pitiful, unimportant basketball games to the same level of importance (or higher) than an all-important football game. Recall Mack Brown's anger over seeing fans filing out the exits in a late-season football game that was still undecided, just to go see a basketball blue-white scrimmage. Some believe that sort of thing is what led to him leaving for Texas.

    So even if the Kenan stands ARE full initially, when the fans leave to go see some lame basketball game that doesn't matter, the building is no longer full. That's what I'm talking about. Carolina fans just don't seem to appreciate having a good football team as much as State fans do.

  • cutclifferules Nov 13, 2008

    "If Carolina fills their stadium, State can't possibly have more but ts in the seats. I won that one"

    How can you win an argument nobody was having? But if we were to argue that point, then of course, I agree with you--IF both teams fill their stadiums, then which has more fan support is unmeasurable. But if NEITHER fills their stadium, then the one with more fans in the seats, HAS MORE FAN SUPPORT. So drop the "UNC fans are indifferent" speech already. Unless you define State fans as equally, if not more, "indifferent".

    Good luck against Wake.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 13, 2008

    "Fine, you win. I thought you were trying to argue that State had more but ts in the seats."

    If Carolina fills their stadium, State can't possibly have more but ts in the seats. I won that one, but I also ceded to you that I am surprised to hear Carolina has that many fans in THEIR seats.

    But this is just for 2007, and both schools had fan bases that were excited over their shiny, new coaches. The true test would be to look at the last five years, when we BOTH had lousy coaches and really bad teams, and compare the fan support during that period. I can tell you, I don't ever remember seeing many empty seats in Carter-Finley, and I'm a season ticket holder that goes to every home game and as many road games as I can.




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