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.