CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough, the 2008 national
player of the year, is extremely doubtful to play in the season opener this
Saturday against Penn, according to head coach Roy Williams.
"We've made the decision to hold Tyler Hansbrough out of action a little
longer," Williams said on Wednesday. "It's extremely doubtful that he would play against
Pennsylvania, and I emphasize extremely doubtful.
"We will continue to
evaluate him and have more information when it becomes available."
Hansbrough has been sidelined since the last week of October with a stress reaction in his right shin.
The senior from Poplar Bluff, Mo., has played in all 108 games the Tar Heels have played in over the previous three seasons.