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Tyler Hansbrough out indefinitely with a shin injury; Tar Heels No. 1 in poll

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Reigning Associated Press Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough is out indefinitely with a shin injury.

That's the bad news for North Carolina.

""He'll be ok," Hansbrough's father, Gene, told's Andy Katz. "His leg's been bothering him for a couple of weeks. It's a stress reaction and he needs to rest a bit. He just needs time to let it heal. There is no reason for him to limp through it."

According to ESPN medical analysist Dr. Michael Kaplan, the MRI likely showed increased uptake in tibia (leg bone) suggesting a stress reaction. An overload or overuse type phenomenon occurs with inflammation and, ultimately, fatigue failure with stress fracture. This is a precursor condition to stress fracture. A period of rest is mandatory for tissues to quiet down or worsening injury will result.

The brightside is that they are ranked No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

ESPN/USA Today Poll

 1. North Carolina (31) 0-0 775

 2. Connecticut 0-0 707

 3. Louisville 0-0 694

 4. UCLA 0-0 650

 5. Duke 0-0 578

 6. Pittsburgh 0-0 576

 7. Michigan State 0-0 572

 8. Texas 0-0 538

 9. Notre Dame 0-0 525

10. Purdue 0-0 465

11. Gonzaga 0-0 437

12. Memphis 0-0 425

13. Tennessee 0-0 408

14. Oklahoma 0-0 387

15. Arizona State 0-0 304

16. Miami (FL) 0-0 233

17. Marquette 0-0 219

18. Georgetown 0-0 175

19. Florida 0-0 161

20. Davidson 0-0 158

21. USC 0-0 153

21. Wisconsin 0-0 153

23. Kansas 0-0 130

24. Wake Forest 0-0 129

25. Villanova 0-0 122

Others Receiving Votes

UNLV 60, Saint Mary's 59, Ohio State 54, Baylor 47, Xavier 27, Syracuse 23, Texas A&M 19, LSU 19, Arizona 18, Virginia Tech 15, Brigham Young 13, West Virginia 10, Washington 8, Siena 8, Kentucky 7, Vanderbilt 7, Oklahoma State 4, Clemson 2, Washington State 1.

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Tyler Hansbrough has been such a positive role model, it is a shame that his senior season will be affected by this injury. This is a young man that has played through a lot of pain and could have jumped to the pros, but came back to UNC for his senior season.

There might be a few people out there that don't root for UNC, that's okay, but everyone should hope that Tyler gets back to full strength as soon as safe for his career. He elevates the quality of play in the game and shows what a person can achieve if he puts his whole self into it.

Thanks Tyler for what you have done and I hope to see you on the court as soon as you are ready. -Ed

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