North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough has never been the smoothest-looking player on the court. But for three weeks, the senior All-American looked downright awkward on the bench. Itching to grab a few rebounds, salivating at the thought of throwing down a dunk -- and irritated to have to don a suit instead of his uniform -- Hansbrough was frankly out of his element as he rested the stress reaction in his right shin.
UNC aims to limit Hansbrough's time
The News and Observer
North Carolina opens the EA Sports Maui Invitational tonight with a game against host Chaminade.
Although the Tar Heels have been soaking up the sun and enjoying the early-season getaway, they are in Hawaii on business.
In a week that will present numerous challenges to top-ranked UNC, here are four things worth keeping an eye on:
Heels all business on trip to Maui
The Fayetteville Observer
There will be no cliff diving, North Carolina coach Roy Williams has told his players. Not until the top-ranked Tar Heels finish playing in the 25th annual Maui Invitational.
Then Williams will be fine with it, he said Sunday.
Four years ago, about half his players took turns plunging from a small cliff into the foamy waves of the Pacific Ocean, a celebratory leap after winning the tournament. The championship was a prelude to UNC's NCAA tournament title less than five months later.
No. Carolina envisioning biggest splash in deep talent pool on Maui
The Honolulu Advertiser
Only one topic was talked about more than the rainy weather on Maui: the health of Tyler Hansbrough.
Hansbrough's health hot topic
The Associated Press
The EA Sports Maui Invitational could get increasingly interesting each day for the No. 1 team in the nation.
North Carolina comes to the Valley Isle looking as potentially potent as any team in tournament history - the Tar Heels return all five starters from a Final Four squad that went 36-3 last season, including Wooden Award winner Tyler Hansbrough, and are ranked first in both major polls.
North Carolina bids for third Maui title
The Maui News