ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Indiana Drubs North Carolina in Unsurprising Rout

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North Carolina should stay clear of the Hoosier State for as long as it can.

First Butler in Maui, now Indiana in Bloomington, Carolina’s run against Hoosier State teams was even enough to force Roy Williams into burning two timeouts. In the most eminently predictable blowoutof a ranked team this season (sorry for underselling you, IU), the Hoosiers dismantled, undressed and disemboweled the Tar Heels in front of a raucous Assembly Hall crowd, 83-59, on day one of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Nov 27, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Remy Abell (23) lays the ball in against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Twitter-compatible recap: UNC starts strong but transition D falls apart. Late IU run to close 1st half swings game. Zeller, Hulls, Oladipo, Sheehey shine. Bullock MIA

Why Indiana won. Victor Oldadipo (20 points) and Will Sheehey (19 points off the bench) were fantastic. Cody Zeller was even better on both ends of the floor. Zeller changed the dynamic of the game with his ability to run the floor, leaking out on both makes and misses to score three freebies on the break. Jordan Hulls (13 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds) had an all-around great performance, canning three triples and serving as the second point guard on the floor (when Ferrell was in at the same time). The Hoosiers’ half-court D was strong, thanks in large part to Zeller’s dominance inside (four blocks, several more altered shots). And though he had a quiet night on the offensive end, Christian Watford was key on defense as well, taking Reggie Bullock out of North Carolina’s offense. IU dominated the glass [again]. Then again, they dominated every category in this laugher, most importantly the final score.

Why Carolina lost. The Heels couldn’t stop Zeller, didn’t defend the 3-point line, struggled to get back on defense and their starters combined to score only 40 points. That’s a recipe for embarrassment playing the Hoosiers in Assembly Hall. Indiana, like fellow in-state school Butler, worked Carolina on the glass (+10 rebounding margin). Reggie Bullock disappeared against elevated competition again, and the Heels sorely missed the presence of gunner extraordinaire P.J. Hairston on the perimeter. Carolina still lacks a true point guard, a consistent scoring threat on the perimeter who can beat his man off the dribble and the requisite maturity necessary to compete with experienced, top-caliber teams.

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