Stunned Tar Heels dwell on horrible performance against Kansas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tyler Hansbrough heard the question over and over again as he sat at his locker: What went wrong?

The Tar Heels never expected they would have to explain why their fast-paced offense suddenly couldn’t score. Or why they fell behind by 28 points. Or even worse, whether a season built on the goal of winning a national championship was a failure after losing
to Kansas in the Final Four.

Now North Carolina heads into an offseason in which they could emerge again as a national-title favorite or as a rebuilding team after losing its top players. It’s expected that the 84-66 loss to the Jayhawks will hover over the program just like last year’s NCAA
tournament loss to Georgetown.

If he comes back, Hansbrough enters next season ranked second on the school’s career list with 2,168 points. He could pass all-time leader Phil Ford, and possibly catch ACC leader J.J. Redick.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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