Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hansbrough questionable for tonight

Coach Roy Williams said forward Tyler Hansbrough would have played during North Carolina's 115-70 blowout of Chaminade "had it been for a national championship."

But he not was sure whether the senior would play in tonight's second game of the Maui Invitational, either, calling him questionable. The Tar Heels play Oregon, which beat Alabama 92-69, at 9:30 tonight (ESPN).

"I made a decision before we left Santa Barbara that I was not going to play him three straight games,'' Williams said. "He tweaked his ankle a little bit against Santa Barbara; that's the problem right now, it's not even his shin, so I have no idea if he's going to play tomorrow night. I did not plan for him to sit out two games, so if he does sit out, it would be because of his ankle, not his shin."

Hansbrough made his season debut at UCSB on Friday after sitting out more than three weeks because of a stress reaction in his right shin.

MISSING PLAYERS: Chaminade played with only seven players; an additional one will return to the team in time for tonight's game, and a ninth player has been ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA, coach Matt Mahar said.

"They're pretty good, obviously,'' Mahar said of the Tar Heels. "We were outmatched all the way around. I'm glad they got to rest Tyler, I'm glad we didn't have to see him. We got into some foul trouble anyway; we certainly didn't need to add to it. But I think our guys played hard; we had to adjust to some things. But for the most part, I'm pleased with our effort.

GREEN ON A ROLL: Forward Danny Green scored a career high 26 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. At one point, he scored 11 straight points for Carolina.

"It wasn't like they were hard baskets; they were easy baskets,'' he said. "Just run the floor and get layups. So, easy finger rolls, as coach said."

-- Robbi Pickeral