In what looked like would be a close match-up between two powerhouses, the #1 Indiana Hoosiers barely broke a sweat in a 83-59 victory of #14 North Carolina Tar Heels.
Not only was the match-up part of the traditional ACC Big Ten Challenge, but one that featured two storied programs with rich histories in their basketball programs. Indiana, being led by Sophomore Cody Zeller, (Younger brother of former Tar Heel, Tyler) looked to appear as if they have finally met their match when they would be facing North Carolina, who was being led by James Michael McAdoo, who like Zeller, is also a Sophomore. Initally the game looked as it would live up to the hype. With a very tight first half, Indiana went into the half up 46-37. Unfortunately, at least for North Carolina, Indiana would break the game wide open in the second half.
In the first four minutes of the second half, Indiana started off with a 10-0 run thanks to Zeller and Victor Oladipo, who also assisted on Jordan Hull's three pointer, quickly put the Hoosiers up by 19. It would be five minutes before North Carolina got it's first points of the second half after a tip-in shot by Reggie Bullock. But that was after Indiana already added another three points, and were now up by 20. Meanwhile, as the Tar Heels continued to struggle from the floor, the Hoosiers would continue to blow the game wide open with superb play by Zeller and an excellent outside shooting game by Indiana.
The Hoosiers dominated all aspects of the game. Shooting 40% from 3-point range, Indiana also outrebounded the Tar Heels on the boards, showed a tremendous display of teamwork with 21 assists compared to North Carolina's 8. Indiana would put itsself on cruise control by outscoring Carolina by 15 in the second half, and the defense shutdown the Tar Heels who were held to just 4 points in the first 10 minutes of play in the second half. Zeller, who is atop of the list for the Wooden Award(National Player of the Year) finished the game leading all scorers with 20 points as the Hoosiers would improve their record to 7-0.
Indiana, who proved worthy of their number one ranking, will next play Coppin State on Dec. 1. The Tar Heels who drop to 5-2, look to shake off the cobwebs as they host UAB on Dec. 1
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