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Zeller’s Injury Hurts UNC’s Title Hopes

Posted by Matt Rosenthal on November 19, 2008

UNC Freshman Tyler Zeller suffered a wrist injury in last night’s game against Kentucky, and it could have deep reprecussions beyond simply losing a player.  Zeller was backing up Tyler Hansbrough, the former POY, and doing quite well at that.  But with Hansbrough’s injury, and Marcus Ginyard’s injury, the stellar freshman class was counted on to step in and keep the Tar Heels on top while the senior leaders recovered.  But Zeller’s injury puts more pressure on Hansbrough to come back sooner, and it might even cause him to come back before he is fully recovered.  Hansbrough coming back too early could prove costly for the Tar Heels.  Zeller was averaging 10 ppg before his injury, and his loss could prove costly for the Tar Heels, even though it doesn’t seem as though it is too costly at the moment.  The injury also provides a boost for other teams in the tough ACC, knowing that the low post could prove to be a weak point for the Tar Heels for a short period of time.  The Tar Heels will need to recover quickly from this injury, or they could risk briefly falling behind in the ACC.  But UNC coach Roy Williams should have no problem adjusting to this loss, so don’t be surprised if they aren’t affected at all.


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