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Hansbrough -- new mask and all -- ready for Eastern Kentucky

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WINSTON-SALEM (AP) -- More than a week has passed since the flagrant foul that left Tyler Hansbrough's nose broken and gushing blood.

Yet the North Carolina star's injury is still the focus of attention as the Tar Heels prepare to open the NCAA tournament.

After playing through the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with a bulky protective mask, the sophomore wore a new mask during today's practice.

He's hoping that the shield will help him feel more comfortable on the court when the top-seeded Tar Heels play Eastern Kentucky tomorrow in the first round of the East Regional.

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