Indiana University proved why they are ranked No. 1 Tuesday night by easily beating No. 14 University of North Carolina. The Hoosiers beat the Tar Heels 83-59.
Indiana shot 44 percent on the evening and were lead by sophomore Cody Zeller who contributed 20 points and 8 rebounds. Jordan Hulls and Yogi Ferrell had a combined 14 assists and only one turnover.
Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo both tallied 19 points a piece. Oladipo played with an energy that spread to the rest of the team early. Indiana’s energy played a major role in their win.
“We wanted to come out in the second half to get stops on defense, move the ball and run” Oladipo said after the game.
Indiana also showed that they are not just a shooting team, they can also defend. Sheehey was able to shut down North Carolina star James McAdoo and hold him to 10 points. North Carolina also played tonight’s game without sophomore P.J. Harrison who was sidelined by a sprained knee.
“Team defense, we have been working on it all year long,” Oladipo said. “Defense wins games.”
Coach Tom Crean indicated after the game that he was pleased with the way his team played and that they are just going to keep getting better as the season progresses.
“Our guys played great basketball tonight,” Crean said .”We played against an incredible opponent. Everybody understands how great North Carolina is.”
Indiana dealt North Carolina their second loss of the season after the Tar Heels lost to Butler last week. Indiana remains undefeated (7-0) and is scheduled to play Coppin State on Saturday.