Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Now, I don't want Tyler Hansbrough to get any calls he doesn't deserve. And I fully admit that he frequently puts himself right smack in the middle of the action, almost inviting fouls. But a foul is a foul, and lots of fouls--sometimes very, very hard fouls--against Hansbrough are suddenly going un-called. He got a tooth loosened in the Clemson game--though I think that foul (unlike several others against him) was actually called. He got absolutely assaulted in the Miami game, getting at least three hard fouls to the head, and ending up with a concussion. At least one flagrant-seeming whack to the head went uncalled, as did many other fouls against him.

This is a dangerous combination. The refs have apparently decided call things more loosely against Hans, and opposing teams seem to have decided to not just foul him frequently, but to foul him hard. In the past few games he's ended up with a loosened tooth, a sprained ankle, a bloody nose and a concussion. If this keeps up, somebody could get hurt...


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