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UNC and its national title limp

Posted on: October 30, 2008 11:07 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2008 11:39 pm
 

This national title run isn't off to a great start, is it?

Looks like it might be a national title limp.

That's the only opinion to have in light of Thursday's news that North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough is out with a stress reaction in his right shin. According to a school official, there is no timetable for a return. Roy Williams is expected to address the situation Friday.

Meantime, this must be a nightmare for UNC fans.

The Tar Heels lost Marcus Ginyard until December thanks to a preseason injury, and now Hansbrough is out until who knows when? Could be middle of next month. Or December. Or January. The unknown is a concern. And though I'm no expert on stress reactions, my experience in writing about them has taught me that they seem to linger longer than anybody ever anticipates and in many cases don't go away without a lengthy break.

In other words, if this was June it would be no big deal.

But it's (almost) Halloween.

UNC opens with Penn in 19 days

So there's not a whole lot of time to rest without missing games, and I think everybody (except Duke fans) can agree it would be awful if Hansbrough's senior season was delayed or marred by injury. Regardless of your feelings about the CBSSports.com All-American, Hansbrough represents what most of you say you want from college basketball players. You say you want them to stay out of trouble, work hard and love the college game so much that they are compelled to reject millions of dollars in guaranteed NBA money to remain in school for as long as possible. Well, Hansbrough has done each of those things, which is why all reasonable humans (except Duke fans) should hope for a speedy recovery, because it just doesn't seem fair when people pay a price for supposedly doing the right thing.

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Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2008 11:02 pm
 

UNC and its national title limp

Dang man...It's hard to see one of top player hurt when you need them the most..

No Matter WHO IT IS...

Kind of like how we felt last year when Patterson left the season with a foot injury...3 GAMES LEFT!!Anyways..This aint about Kentucky, its about Ty Hans...Although I don't really care, (sorry guys...)

I hope your guy gets well soon!!!




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2008 10:29 pm
 

UNC and its national title limp

Sorry about your luck Dook Boys

Hansbrough Update: Likely Out At Least Two Weeks
 

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CHAPEL HILL - Carolina men's basketball senior forward underwent a bone scan today on his right shin that confirmed he has a stress reaction, but there is not a fracture, head coach announced this evening.

"Tyler had some tests today that gave us more information," Williams says. "There is a great possibility that we will hold Tyler out of practice for the next two weeks, then re-evaluate his condition at that time.

"Of course we are all disappointed for Tyler and our team, but everybody on the roster has a chance to do a little more and play a little better to help make up for the loss of the national player of the year."

Hansbrough did not miss a single practice his freshman and sophomore seasons and only one his junior year. That came the night after he played 47 minutes in a double overtime win over Clemson, a game in which he played with an infected toe on his right




Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2008 10:21 pm
 

UNC and its national title limp

I couldn't have said it better; I too am a Duke fan, but when Duke plays against UNC, I would rather Hansbrough be in the line up. It would not be as meaningful with him out of the line up. Not saying Duke will win, but I hope Tyler plays one way or the other. And, I think Duke has a good chance at beating them at least once .... Tyler or not.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2008 12:51 pm
 

UNC and its national title limp

It's about time?? If you remember correctly UNC has a top notch player injured for a chunk of just about every season... Lawson last year, May a few years back, McCants, Felton etc..... They always seem to have some1 hurt but it makes every1 else step up on the team. It sucks to see Pyscho T hurt but he will be back and you will see UNC making a run for the National Championship once again.



Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2008 12:36 pm
 

UNC and its national title limp

its about time carolina hd some bad luck! Heres to UNC not winning the championship again!   CHEERS!!



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2008 12:13 pm
 

UNC and its national title limp

Absolutely true.  Forced to play, the backups will only get better-even if you get your ass kicked on the court.  At least you are on the court, not  sitting on your butt.

Tyler should be back for conference play, and UNC will be fine.  It may not be as pretty early in the season, but that's not the main concern.  I hope him well in his recovery.

 




Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2008 9:47 am
 

UNC and its national title limp

Tyler has the heart of a warrior! Unless he can't  go at all, he will be in the lineup. He may not be 100%, but I believe he will play through some pain and continue to dominate the paint.  The main thing is for him to stay healthy and make a hard run at the title in March. I agree with the people before, it will force others to step-up.  Even if Tyler plays, he won't log as many minutes. This will ultimately make Carolina a better team down the road.  Go Heels and Wish Tyler and Ginyard a speedy recovery.




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2008 9:01 am
 

UNC and its national title limp

I agree. This is complete rationalizing but this will force Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis to grow up fast and will eventually help UNC.

I'd rather he be hurt in October than February, March, or April.




Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2008 3:27 am
 

UNC and its national title limp

two things:

  1. "and I think everybody (except Duke fans) can agree it would be awful if Hansbrough's senior season was delayed or marred by injury."
  2. "Well, Hansbrough has done each of those things, which is why all reasonable humans (except Duke fans) should hope for a speedy recovery, because it just doesn't seem fair when people pay a price for supposedly doing the right thing."

I'm a DUKE fan, and I hate Carolina with a passion. I strongly dislike everything they stand for, or try to stand for. However I don't wish bad things on anyone, & will agree that Hansbrough is a great player & respect the way he plays (ie: his work ethic, keeping out of trouble, and his love for the game). Personally, I believe that w/o Hansbrough then they wouldn't be as good a team. As for the injury, I love to see Carolina lose but I want Carolina to lose w/Hansbrough b/c when they lose with Hansbrough in, it's that much sweeter and when it comes to Carolina losing, we all know that if Hansbrough wasn't playing then we'd all have to hear that as their excuse for losing haha. So hopefully he isn't out too long.

travis 




Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2008 1:18 am
 

UNC and its national title limp

Although many people will   disagree with my position  on  this topic I  believe that losing  tyler early in  the season is  a good thing  for the heels.    Look   at last year when they lost Lawson and how it  forced every member on the team to find that extra bit   of talent and motivation   that  they didnt  know  they had.    As  long as  Hansbrough  makes it back around December when they get ginyard  back everything should be alright.  They may have a loss  or two but they will all be better players for  the experience


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