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.