Tyler Hansbrough - here battling against Duke's Kyle Singler - was never shy in his days as a UNC Tar Heel.

As if the North Carolina-Duke rivalry wasn’t heated enough, now Tyler Hansbrough has weighed in on the Coach K “look at me” party.

Hansbrough, who was known to ruffle a few feathers against the Blue Devils, when he starred at UNC from 2005-2009, said he thought maybe Mike Krzyzewski’s farewell was a bit overdone.

“The only thing I can really compare it to, and I know I’ll take some heat for this, is the Larry David Show. This season they have a guy that goes to his funeral while he’s still alive so people can tell him how good he is,” Hansbrough said in an appearance on the Packer and Durham Show on ACC Network. “I kinda thought it was one of those situations. I thought it was funny.”

Hansbrough was notably celebrating after his former team knocked off Duke, 94-81 in the final home game for Coach K, Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham. The Tar Heels have had a notably off 2022 season, as they break in new coach Hubert Davis, after their own legend – Roy Williams – retired last year.

But Hansbrough did have a bit of praise for the legendary Coach K in parting.

“Coach K deserves a lot of respect,” Hansbrough said. “Tar Heel fans… we love that.”

Duke fans can get their own digs in on Hansbrough if they’d like, though. The college basketball player of the year in 2008 has his number retired by UNC. He was selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. But after bouncing around for a few years, his NBA career never took off. He later went on to play in the NBA G League, and a couple of years in the Chinese Basketball Association, before the pandemic put an end to a couple of seasons.

Which North Carolina City is Tops in the Country for Best Basketball Fans?

  • National Top 10

  • 1. Durham, NC

    Best College Basketball Fans

    There’s little doubt that Duke has the best college basketball fans in the country.

    Was there much doubt that the home of the Duke Blue Devils would be the top spot in the country? No, not really. Unless you’re a UNC fan, in which case you might not like how far down you’re gonna have to go here to find Chapel Hill.

  • 2. Storrs, Connecticut

    Bryant v Connecticut

    UConn has been wildly successful in women’s and men’s basketball.

    The UConn women’s team have been a power for so long, it’s hard to ever imagine a time where they weren’t the class of the sport.

  • 3. Lexington, Kentucky

    Kansas Jayhawks v Kentucky Wildcats

    Rupp Arena is legendary for college basketball.

    The University of Kentucky Wildcats are about the only thing Lexington is known for.

  • 4. Lawrence, Kansas

    Texas v Kansas

    LAWRENCE, KANSAS – MARCH 05: Jalen Wilson #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during the overtime period of the game against the Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse on March 05, 2022 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    (So if you saw this list earlier…we may have forgotten to put the Jayhawks on here. Oops.)

  • 5. Los Angeles, California

    USC v UCLA

    The bright lights of Hollywood make L.A. a great basketball town.

    With both UCLA and USC in the mix, it’s hard to argue that L.A. wouldn’t be this high on the rankings. Even with some less than stellar years from them in recent times.

  • 6. East Lansing, Michigan

    Purdue v Michigan State

    The Breslin Center makes Sparty a powerful force.

    Michigan State fans are loud and proud of ol’ Sparty.

  • 7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Temple v Saint Joseph's

    St. Joseph’s and Temple are great Philadelphia rivals.

    This one kind of sneaks up on you. But when you look at the combined college basketball power of Temple, Drexel, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Penn, there’s a lot to be said here.

  • 8. Chapel Hill, NC

    Virginia v North Carolina

    Rameses, mascot of the North Carolina Tar Heels, is passed around the student section at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

    Maybe this is a product of a couple down years for the Tar Heels. But that win over Duke last weekend certainly makes up for the loss in these rankings.

  • 9. Fayette, Mississippi

    We are struggling to understand this one. We’ve reached out to WalletHub for an explanation. Because uhhhhh….

    UPDATE: Our friends at WalletHub gave us a little more info on this decision. Fayette, Mississippi is right down the road from Alcorn State University. The Braves are the proud champions of the SWAC and are well noted for their basketball passion.

  • 10. Kingston, Rhode Island

    Rhode Island v Providence

    Rhode Island is a great state with some legendary basketball.

    We’re stumped on this one too. Rhode Island isn’t exactly a power.

  • Other North Carolina Cities

  • 23. Buies Creek, NC

    Surprise! The Camels coming in with a surprise Top 25 ranking. We love us some Roll Humps. The Camels get a huge boost in the ratings thanks to their large arena size, and some strong fan engagement.

  • 49. Boiling Springs, NC

    Gardner Webb v Virginia

    Never underestimate the Runnin Bulldogs.

    The home of Gardner-Webb, a solid hoops community all around.

  • 80. Cullowhee, NC

    Western Carolina has long been a successful program with great fans.

  • 89. Davidson, NC

    North Carolina State v Davidson

    Steph Curry certainly had a big hand in establishing Davidson.

    Wonder what made those little guys from Davidson so successful…hmmm…

  • 97. Greensboro, NC

    UNCG is forever making lives miserable for opponents on the court.

  • 137. Boone, NC

    Never underestimate the fan base of those crazy kids from up in the mountains.

  • 180. Raleigh, NC

    Duke v North Carolina State

    Mr. Wuf has seen better days on the court in Raleigh.

    Where you at NC State fans? Hopefully, you’re doing better than the Pack is on the court.

  • 184. Elon, NC

    Raleigh can’t be feeling too great about nearly being beat out by Elon.

  • 189. High Point, NC

    The Panthers of High Point haven’t been great recently, but their fans are always vocal.

  • 232. Greenville, NC

    Well, at least East Carolina has football going for it. Oh…wait.

  • 252. Winston-Salem, NC

    We’re actually surprised the home of Wake Forest isn’t MUCH higher on this.

  • 257. Charlotte

    You’d think as the largest city in our state the basketball would be more important. Apparently not.

  • 269. Asheville

    There’s apparently other things going on in this mountain town.

  • 286. Wilmington

    UNCW is better than this ranking is giving it credit for. Maybe the kids are more focused on the beach.

  • National Bottom 10

  • 283. Jersey City, New Jersey

  • 284. St. George, Utah

  • No. 285 - Pocatello, Idaho

  • 286. Wilmington, NC

    As previously mentioned.

  • 287. Daytona Beach, Florida

    There are way more important things going on in Daytona.

  • 288. Berkeley, California

  • 289. Evansville, Indiana

  • 290. Montgomery, Alabama

  • 291. St. Paul, Minnesota

  • 292. New Britain, Connecticut

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.

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