It was supposed to be a close game. Two teams that love to push the tempo and run up the score.
But that's not what happened. No. 1 IU and No. 14 North Carolina traded baskets for the first 15 minutes of play, until the Hoosiers started scoring at will.
IU had a nine point lead at half time, and quickly stretched that to 20 in the first five minutes of the second half. From there, IU cruised to a 83-59 victory.
Cody Zeller looked like a future NBA player tonight. He scored in just about every way, but was most impressive in transition, catching passes that lesser players would fumble out of bounds. The sophomore finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks.
Will Sheehey came off the bench to add 19 points off 61 percent shooting. Sheehey ended up starting the second half for Watford who had a tough night on both sides of the ball.
Watford had just two points and five rebounds. He also turned the ball over twice. IU still managed to roll past UNC without his services.
The back court duo of Jordan Hulls and Yogi Ferrell combined for 14 assists and just one turnover. Hulls finished with 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Victor Oladipo also had a solid game with 19 points and managed to shut down everyone he guarded.
The Hoosiers proved tonight that they are the No. 1 team in the nation and will probably be unbeatable at home this season.
IU will host Coppin State (1-4) Saturday night.
We'll have more on this game tomorrow. Don't forget to follow us on twitter, @hoosiers101.
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