Chalk up ‘Tyler’s better’ as stupid taunts toward Notre Dame’s Hansbrough


From an Associated Press NCAA tournament notebook:

That fan who taunted Ben Hansbrough by yelling, “Tyler’s better!” during Notre Dame’s second-round win won’t get any argument from the Big East player of the year.

Not these days, at least.

Ben Hansbrough is averaging 21.9 points, 5.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds over the last 14 games, a stretch in which Notre Dame has gone 12-2. But Tyler Hansbrough, the 2008 national player of the year, has had three games just this week with at least 29 points.

After scoring 29 and 30 against the New York Knicks on Sunday and again Tuesday, Tyler Hansbrough scored 29 and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Indiana Pacers’ 115-108 victory Friday night over the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls.

“I’m going to have to go with Tyler right now, because of the level he’s doing it at,” Ben Hansbrough said Saturday, when asked which brother is playing better right now.

That’s a classy move by younger brother to applaud his older brother’s pro career. Not so classy? The fan who decided to taunt him. Really? You taunt the Big East player of the year with Tyler’s better? Get a clue. Even better is that Ben agrees. That’s one taunt that fails on every level.

Get some new material, dolt.

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