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North Carolina's Hansbrough wins awards

Tyler Hansbrough

Tyler Hansbrough

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — North Carolina junior forward Tyler Hansbrough had quite the busy Friday morning.

Within just two hours, he picked up player of the year trophies from both the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and then the Associated Press and then rushed off for practice to get ready for the Tar Heels' Final Four showdown against Kansas tonight.

"I feel very honored to get this award considering all the good college players this year," Hansbrough said at the AP ceremony.

Coach Roy Williams and his star bolted from the ceremony so Hansbrough could change from his dress slacks, mock turtle neck and blazer and into his uniform for an 11 a.m. practice.

"Coach, what about breakfast?" Williams said Hansbrough asked.

Meanwhile, Drake's Keno Davis pulled the USBWA and AP double as the coach of the year after leading his team to its first NCAA Tournament since 1971.

Davis' father, Tom, won the AP coach of the year in 1986-87 at Iowa.

"I remember looking up at the award and thinking that was about the greatest thing other than a team championship," Keno Davis said. "It's amazing to even be in the conversation for an award like this and it's something I'll treasure for the rest of my life."

DONOVAN AN ANALYST: Florida's Billy Donovan will be in New York this weekend as a studio analyst for CBS during the Final Four. The coach of the two-time national champion Gators will participate in pregame and halftime analysis, and in analysis between games and during halftime of the second game. UF's season ended Tuesday with a loss to UMass in the NIT semifinals.

BAD BREAK: Kansas reserve guard Rodrick Stewart fractured his right kneecap toward the end of the public practice when he was going to dunk and slipped on a wet spot. He will have surgery in Lawrence, Kan.

"Not a great start to our day," coach Bill Self said somberly.

The fifth-year senior averaged 2.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He played in one of the past three games.

DON'T PLAY H-O-R-S-E WITH HIM: During the public practice Friday at the Alamodome, UCLA 7-foot center Kevin Love launched shots from the baseline toward the basket 94 feet away. After near misses elicited ooohs and ahhhs from fans, he banked one in to a thunderous cheer. Love playfully took a bow.

"I wanted to make two in a row, actually," he said.

Meanwhile, UCLA guard Darren Collison says he is tired of hearing One Shining Moment, the NCAA Tournament anthem that sounds best to the team that's just cut down the nets.

"No offense," said Collison, in his third straight Final Four. "Maybe if we win I'll start liking it more.''

MISSING, NOT FORGOTTEN: Memphis coach John Calipari wouldn't go into detail about this week's suspension of senior guard Andre Allen, but said, "When I make moves, it's not based on one thing, but accumulated things." He said he's committed to ensuring that Allen graduates. "It's unfortunate," he said. "It's an intervention. Interventions don't always come on your own timetable, but they do come."

In other Memphis news, Larry Finch, who scored 29 in the Tigers' 1973 national championship loss to UCLA, will cheer on the team from a nursing home today. "He's really had to struggle," said his attorney, Ted Hansom. Finch, 57, is in a wheelchair after a heart attack and a series of strokes. "He still has a great appreciation for great play," Hansom said. "He's proud of those kids."

NICE SPOT: Former NBA coach Larry Brown sat at courtside Friday watching practices and knew he had a lot to cheer about at the Final Four. He's a proud North Carolina alumnus, he coached UCLA to the 1980 title game and coached Kansas to the 1988 title. "My wife told me, I'm in a win-win-win situation," he said.

Maybe you could add a fourth one to that, too. He's a good friend and mentor of Calipari's.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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