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Tyler's back and you're gonna be in trouble

Posted on: November 22, 2008 1:35 am

All is right in the college basketball world.

Tyler Hansbrough is playing again.

The consensus preseason Player of the Year made his debut Friday night at UC Santa Barbara of all places. He posted numbers (13 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes) but finished just 2-of-8 from the field, which was very un-Hansbrough-like considering the senior shot 54.3 percent from the field through three years of college.

Either way, the Tar Heels rolled.

Final score: UNC 84, UC Santa Barbara 67.

And the best news is that now we can stop wondering whether Hansbrough will be available for the Maui Invitational because barring some setback he'll be on the court when the Tar Heels open the event with Chaminade on Monday. Tuesday will be a game with either Alabama or Oregon. And if there's a basketball god in the Pacific Ocean the tournament will culminate Wednesday with a North Carolina-Notre Dame showdown that'll pit Hansbrough against fellow first team All-American Luke Harangody, which really would be a joy and the best possible way to spend Thanksgiving Eve.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

The news of the day: Psycho T is back in action.

And now he just has to get that shooting percentage up to snuff.


Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 9:45 am

Tyler's back and you're gonna be in trouble

I'd like to add that Hansbrough being "dominated" meant he scored 17 points and got 9 rebounds. If that is what being "dominated" means then about 95% of college players wish they could be "dominated" every game. UNC didn't lose to Kansas because of Hansbrough, he was pretty much the only Tar Heel that actually did show up. As for POY, I think Griffin has to be in the lead at this point ahead of Curry but we should likely wait until January at the earliest to really start having that discussion. The season just started.

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2008 1:44 pm

Tyler's back and you're gonna be in trouble

You must have a short memory.  Kansas is the reigning national champion, deservedly so, and they got plenty of coverage last season.  They used to get even more coverage when Roy Williams was there dominating the college basketball world.  The only thing he failed to deliver there was winning the final game of the season, but EVERYBODY knew Kansas and feared Kansas.  Things haven't really changed, but when you lose as much talent in one year as Kansas lost, you can't really expect the same level of expectations (or press coverage).  If UNC couldn't win it all, then I'm glad it was Kansas.  Those two universities do things the right way, unlike some of the nation's other premier programs (see my last paragraph).

UNC is clearly the favorite yhis year, on paper, and all the talk about how Cole Aldrich "dominated Hansbrough" in a one-game scenario is just plain silly.  UNC had a horrible first half vs. Kansas, and Hansbrough had a very rare sub-par game.  He plays a Cole Aldrich-level talent in nearly every game UNC plays, and he has the 3+ years of statistical evidence to back up his hype.  Credit Bill Self and the whole Kansas team last year for having a great game plan, and give Aldrich credit for playing above his normal level in a big game.  We both know which player would be chosen first in a shirts vs. skins game, and we both know that the majority of college basketball coaches would have Hansbrough as one of his starting five.  Aldrich doesn't have that kind of clout based on one game, and that's not about press coverage.

I'm with you that the East Coast bias is real, and that Duke and UNC garner loads of press coverage.  At least they tend to live up to the hype (at least one does if the other doesn't).  As far as the Beasley/Hansbrough thing goes, Beasley is a better player at the next level; he should never have gone to K-State, since he obviously wasn't there to be a college student.  This year, I expect Stephon Curry will be in the debate (and remember, Davidson is East Coast!).  At least Curry is also a real student.  If NCAA basketball is to have any integrity, there is every reason to applaud Hansbrough's choice as college player of the year last year.  Should it happens again this year, it will be based on his work on the court, Carolina's success, and the fact that he represents what NCAA basketball should be about.  Otherwise, lets drop all pretense of student-athletes and call it the NBA developmental league.  One of the other Final Four participants last season got there with great athletes auditioning for the NBA, but that program doesn't graduate their recruits.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2008 8:54 pm

Tyler's back and you're gonna be in trouble

I agree about the ACC. Every game is tough. However, through three games, 34.0 PPG, 8.8 APG, 4.5 SPG for Curry. I'm going with KCJayhawk. Curry should win it. You can't fault him for who he plays (as long as he keeps dominating). If you wonder about the caliber of player, look at what he did in the tournament and against your Duke team last year (with limited playing time after four offensive fouls from your patented flops). Not to mention, he's doing it all without nearly the amount of help that surrounds Hansbrough. Don't get me wrong, Hansbrough's a great player, but clearly not the best. Griffin, too, would have to be ahead of him.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2008 4:16 pm

Tyler's back and you're gonna be in trouble

Overrated softies of the ACC KCJayhawk?  Come play in our conference and you guys wouldn't be in the top 5.  UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, Miami, and Virginia Tech are all better than Kansas.  The ACC is once again deeper than the Big 12 this year.  Every game is a battle, no pushovers like Colorado and Kansas State.  In the ACC you have to bring it every night.  Games at Maryland and ar Boston College will  test any team.  Tyler Hansbrough should win POY over Stephen Curry.  i think playing at UNC is a little tougher than playing at Davidson.  Anyway, Curry's not going to pass the ball enough to average 9 apg.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2008 2:14 pm

Tyler's back and you're gonna be in trouble

You've only played scrubs so far, so yes - Louisville could lose two of it's starters and beat the teams UNC beat by a more convincing margin.  Absolutely.

I'm not denying you're not worthy of the #1 spot on paper but I think the gap between #1 and #2, and #1 and #5 for that matter is much smaller than people are making it out to be.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2008 2:08 pm

Tyler's back and you're gonna be in trouble

Well, of course every team is beatable.  And the Heels have not looked out of this world yet.  But, remember that two of our starters, one of whom is the Nat'l Player of the Year, have been out of the lineup completely.   Last night was Hansbrough's first action of the year.

I would challenge you to find any other team in the country that could withstand the loss of two of their starters (again one of which is their best player), and still look fantastic.  I would venture to say that the majority of teams would not go 3-0 in that situation.

I understand if you don't like the Heels, many people don't because we do win a great deal and get a lot of publicity. Sort of like I can't stand the Patriots for the same reason, especially in the midst of last year's great run!

But, I think you will see how great of a team we are as the season goes on.  No, we will not go undefeated, but we will be a fantastic team, and (if the pressure of being the presumed national champion doesn't get to us) the best team in college basketball.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2008 1:45 pm
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Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2008 10:39 am

The collective butt kissing of UNC is getting old

I'm not denying that they're probably the best team this year but I've watched two of their games and they looked very beatable in both.  I find it funny that the major college basketball pundits think they're exceptionally better than any other team and that no one is in their league.

I have a good feeling that will not be the case.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2008 7:42 am

Tyler's back and you're gonna be in trouble

Hansbrough definately was trying too hard last night. Once he gets the rust knocked off and back in to the flow of things, no doubt he will be his normal self. Remember, everyone has improved on the team, so he doesn't have to try and live up to his player of the year status. Just play ball!!

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