Hansbrough has broken nose
Tyler Hansbrough probably will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament despite breaking his nose during the blood-filled final seconds of No. 8-ranked North Carolina’s victory over No. 14 Duke on Sunday.
Hansbrough suffered what Coach Roy Williams said Monday was a small non-displaced fracture when Gerald Henderson flagrantly fouled him with 14.5 seconds left in the Tar Heels’ 86-72 win.
Williams said Hansbrough was being fitted with a protective mask and should be ready for North Carolina’s first tournament game Friday.
Hansbrough leads the team with averages of 18.8 points and eight rebounds.
The fracture was discovered after an X-ray Monday.
“His nose did not have to be set, straightened out or anything like that,” Williams said.
Hansbrough was injured after pulling down the rebound of his missed free throw and going up for a layup.
Henderson leapt to block the shot and, after the ball left Hansbrough’s hand, Henderson’s right elbow struck the Tar Heels’ center in the nose, sending him to the ground. Henderson was ejected from the game, received an automatic one-game suspension and will sit out Duke’s ACC tournament opener against North Carolina State.
Colorado’s Xavier Silas and Nebraska’s Ryan Anderson were suspended one game each for fighting, meaning Silas will sit out the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament.
The players tangled during Colorado’s 73-69 win Saturday.
Freshman Kevin Durant said his left ankle feels “pretty good” and he should be ready when No. 15-ranked Texas opens play in the Big 12 tournament Friday.
Durant twisted the ankle in the second half of the Longhorns’ loss at Kansas on Saturday.
Illinois State fired Coach Porter Moser, who was 51-67 since taking over at Illinois State in 2003. The Redbirds finished 15-16 this season.... Frank Sullivan is out as Harvard’s coach after a 12-16 season. Sullivan coached the Crimson for 16 seasons and had a 178-245 record.