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And Along Came Zeller; Update: Hansbrough Cleared

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Barring Tyler Zeller changing his mind on the issue, he will return to the lineup Wednesday night versus NC State. From Roy's Tuesday press conference:

Q: Is there still a chance that Tyler Zeller plays on Wednesday?

A: "Yes, it depends on how he goes through practice today… He would really like to help this team. He would really like to play. He thinks that it would really help him in the long term, and hopefully, he would help this team this year. So he and I discussed it yesterday and I told him that was the decision we would go with, unless he went home and slept on it and came back today and said he’s changed his mind. So if he comes back today and says he changed his mind, then he won’t play. If he hasn’t changed his mind, he probably will play."

Upfront this helps the depth issue. In theory Zeller can give you a lot more than Mike Copeland as far as spelling Tyler Hansbrough. If Zeller can be effective on offense(and we won't know that until we see him) it would permit Roy to sit both Deon Thompson and Hansbrough at the same time or work any number of combinations between the four big men. Hopefully Zeller will get back into the flow of things quickly and give the Heels another threat.


Update: Also, Tyler Hansbrough was seen in Chapel Hill concerning his possible concussion and has been cleared to play versus NCSU despite not practicing on Monday and only doing dummy drills on Tuesday:

"We had him see a specialist today at the hospital," Williams said. "He did not practice yesterday, he sat on the sideline, did not do one thing. The doctor from Miami told us he thought we should get him checked because there was a possibility that he had a concussion during the game. So he saw some people yesterday, took him today, took some tests … and [they] said if he had a concussion, it was the mildest form.

"Three different occasions during the game, he took a significant blow to the head. He had a headache, which guys have a lot of times during the game. He complained to me in the huddle, said he was having some blurred vision out of his left eye, thought it was his contacts. So they changed the contact, but he didn't give any more information to make them believe anything other than getting your bell rung in the game until after the game. He didn't tell Chris [Hirth, the UNC athletic trainer] he had a headache 'til after the game. Right now, he's not going to do anything with any contact today, but everybody feels fine about him playing tomorrow night. He'll go through the dummy stuff today, and I expect him to play. And he felt much better yesterday."

As I said, this does explain why Hansbrough looked as though he was a little out of it at points in the 2nd half.