The college basketball world will see one of the first premiere matchups of the young season when the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels travel to No. 1 Indiana.
The Hoosiers are fresh off a 101-53 dismantling of the Ball State Cardinals in which four of five Indiana starters finished in double-digit scoring.
UNC is coming off a blowout win of its own, handing Chaminade a 42-point loss sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo completed a double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
This matchup will feature a pair of sophomore forwards going head-to-head for college basketball dominance, so let's get into it.
Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN
When: Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Listen: A list of radio broadcasts in the area can be found here.
Live Stream: WatchESPN
What's At Stake?
On the line for the Hoosiers is a six-game winning streak and their No. 1 ranking in the nation, as a loss to a No. 9 UNC squad would likely knock them off the pedestal. An overtime win over Georgetown should have Indiana ready for this matchup.
For the Tar Heels, head coach Roy Williams and his squad are looking to return to college basketball supremacy by knocking off the nation's best team after dropping one to Butler in the second round of the Maui Invitational.
North Carolina Injury Report (via USA Today)
No reported injuries
Indiana Injury Report (via USA Today)
According to USA Today, Elston tore his meniscus in practice and will miss six to eight weeks.
What They're Saying
ESPN's Andy Katz pays respect to both programs and its fans, tweeting:
Indiana proving yet again why it is a top five program. The Hoosiers travel like KU, UK, Duke, UNC. Great "neutral" atmosphere in Brooklyn.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) November 20, 2012
Something else to note is that Roy Williams was voted the most overrated coach in college basketball by his fellow coaches, according to CBS Sports.
Another aspect of Tuesday's game to keep your eye on is Cody Zeller, who is constantly being compared to big brother Tyler, who played for UNC. Our own Trevor Lowry analyzes that further in this piece.
North Carolina Player to Watch: James Michael McAdoo, F
The sophomore forward is leading the Tar Heels in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.8 PPG and 8.8 RPG and is largely responsible for UNC's 5-1 start.
Not to be overlooked is the fact that McAdoo can add instant excitement to this one, with plays like this (h/t YouTube):
Fresh off a double-double against Chaminade, you can bet McAdoo is looking forward to playing on the big stage against the nation's No. 1 team.
Indiana Player to Watch: Cody Zeller, F
Zeller leads Indiana in points per game at 15.2 and is pulling down 7.7 rebounds per game. Furthermore, the sophomore is shooting 64 percent from the field and averaging at least one block a game.
Coming off a 15-point, eight-rebound game against Ball St., Zeller is the best-suited forward to match the intensity of UNC's sophomore forward McAdoo.
Prediction: UNC 78, Indiana 89
The Tar Heels are a solid squad but I don't see them beating the nation's No. 1 team on the road.
The big combination of Zeller and Christian Watford will be too much for UNC's interior defense to handle, leaving the Hoosiers sitting atop the rankings.
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