North Carolina vs Indiana: Why Tar Heels Have No Shot at Beating Hoosiers

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

Nov. 20, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Victor Oladipo (4), guard Kevin Ferrell (11) and forward Will Sheehey (0) celebrate on the court against the Georgetown Hoyas during the second half at the Legends Classic Championship at Barclays Center. Indiana won 82-72. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

On Tuesday, the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1) travel to play the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers (6-0) in the marquee matchup of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Tar Heels are a very good basketball team, but the Hoosiers are just a much better overall team and will prove that in this game.

Indiana does a great job of imposing its fast-paced offense on every team it faces, which will be too much to defend against for UNC.

First off, IU is one of the best home teams in the country, winning 22 of their last 23 games at Assembly Hall.

The reason the Hoosiers are so good on their home floor is partially due to the raucous Indiana crowd that makes it a very difficult place to play for visiting opponents.

Seeing that UNC hasn't played any notable opponent on the road so far in the season will play to the Tar Heels' downfall in this contest.

Also, in the history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge the Tar Heels are 2-3 on the road.

Next, the Hoosiers have too much depth, which will make it very tough for any team to contain them this year.

Everyone focuses on Preseason Player of the Year Cody Zeller, which is a handful to defend, but he isn't the only weapon in IU coach Tom Crean's arsenal. 

Zeller averages more than 15 points per game, but also four other Hoosiers average double-digit points per game.


Those players include Christian Watford (13.2 PPG), Jordan Hulls (13), Victor Oladipo (11) and Will Sheehey (10.7).

On the other hand, the Tar Heels have only three players averaging double-digits.

James Michael McAdoo is a very talented forward, but if Zeller guards him then he will be contained to under 15 points.  

Finally, Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell will outplay Marcus Paige in the battle of the starting freshman point guards. 

According to, Ferrell was the No. 2 point guard, and Paige was No. 4 in last year's class.

Ferrell has shown all year long that his offensive style is perfect for this IU offense, and he makes fewer errors each game. 

Ferrell averages 1.8 turnovers per game to Paige's 3.2.

On Tuesday, the Hoosiers will come out on top and show America why they deserve the No. 1 ranking.

I think that UNC would have had a better chance to win with last year's roster, which included current NBA players Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Tyler Zeller (Cody's brother). 

The Tar Heels will put up a good fight, but it won't be enough to beat this very talented IU roster.