Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers Show Why They'll Be the Hunted with Romp over UNC

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2012

Nov 27, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Will Sheehey (0) dunks against North Carolina Tar Heels forward Brice Johnson (11) at Assembly Hall.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
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The way No.1 Indiana (7-0) defeated No.13 North Carolina (5-2) Tuesday night, 83-59, made it seem like no team in the country could beat this squad.

The shear domination after the last TV timeout (3:45 mark) of the first half was impressive to say the least. 

The Hoosiers were beating the Tar Heels on fast break points, three-point buckets and just about every facet of the game, which clearly proves why they are the No. 1 team in the country.

Depth is something I talked about in my preview of the game, but it certainly showed Tuesday night.

Four different players scored 13 points or more in this contest and UNC only had one (Dexter Strickland with 14 points). 

Cody Zeller led the way with 20 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and one steal.

Juniors Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey recorded 19 points apiece and combined for nine rebounds in the game.

But, the unsung hero of the night was Jordan Hulls because it looked like he could do no wrong with the ball in his hands.

His impressive stats read: 13 points (3-for-5 from three-point range), eight assists, seven rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers.

Hulls showed that he could do a little bit of everything on the court.

The surprising stat is that the Hoosiers No. 2 best player Christian Watford only scored two points and had five rebounds in the game. Those two points were off one big dunk.

It was probably his worst performance of the season, but IU still won by 24 points against a top-15 team in the country.

On the other side, UNC hadn't been held to under 70 points all year, until Tuesday night.

James Michael McAdoo (a foreseeable lottery pick) recorded 10 points, after coming into the game averaging almost 17 points per game. 

People will say IU played so well because they were at home and P.J. Hairston wasn't playing.

But I'm not sure if this was at the Dean Center and Hairston were playing that UNC would be able to defeat the Hoosiers because of how well they played.

The impressive execution that the Hoosiers showed proves why they are the No. 1 team and that they will be the "hunted" for the rest of the year.