Around the Hall: Recapping Indiana-North Carolina

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:

· Indiana’s defense against the Tar Heels impressed the Big Ten Geeks over at BTN.com.

· Gary Parrish of CBS Sports believes the Hoosiers looked like the nation’s best in their win over North Carolina.

· Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes that he’s never seen North Carolina get dunked on like they were Tuesday night.

· Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News writes that an early second half stretch on Tuesday showcased endless possibilities for IU.

· Assembly Hall is in the top tier of home court advantages in college basketball, Andy Katz of ESPN.com writes.

· IU’s win over North Carolina reaffirms that Assembly Hall will be a house of horrors for visiting teams according to Jeff Eisenberg of  Yahoo! Sports.

· Tuesday’s loss in Bloomington was a myriad of misfires for the Tar Heels.

· North Carolina big man Desmond Hubert believes Cody Zeller is a more athletic version of his older brother, Tyler.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Fischer/691470077 Steve Fischer

    I know its taboo -we shouldn’t talk about it outloud but who will admit that this lascivious thought hasn’t crossed their mind. What if? What if we go the entire season … undefeated? What if the explosion that sunk North Carolina continues to improve? Is Michigan that much better than NC? Ohio State and Michigan State are certainly vulnerable. Sure going into Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Columbus will be tough, we may not even be favored … but What if?

  • baukev55

    HaHa. Not even December yet man…

  • unclekerfuffle

    Steve:

    On a related topic, I’ve been trying to determine who, in the Big 10, will present the biggest match up issues to the Hoosiers in the regular season. With the Challenge just ending we were able to see all teams and make some determination. I would be interested in what others think about which BT team matches up best with IU and visa versa.

    It seemed to me, based on my limited understanding of the game, that Michigan will cause us the most problems on the road and in the Hall. The other teams seem to be either less talented at specific positions or have a much more shallow bench leaving them vulnerable to running out of gas in the 2nd half and getting into foul trouble.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Well, if it happens, it happens.

    But that said, I actually only care about being undefeated in the NCAA tournament. A few regular season losses here and there actually don’t bug me as long as they’re not due to fundamental flaws that would hurt during tourney time. But a loss in The Big Dance ends the season; that’s why I want to run the tables then. And only then. An undefeated regular season makes for a nice piece of trivia for basketball historians, but we can go to pro football and ask how the Patriots feel about doing the same thing in 2007. I’d rather the school have a real title instead of just a trivia entry.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Well, if it happens, it happens.

    But that said, I actually only care about being undefeated in the NCAA tournament. A few regular season losses here and there actually don’t bug me as long as they’re not due to fundamental flaws that would hurt during tourney time. But a loss in The Big Dance ends the season; that’s why I want to run the tables then. And only then. An undefeated regular season makes for a nice piece of trivia for basketball historians, but we can go to pro football and ask how the Patriots feel about doing the same thing in 2007. I’d rather the school have a real title instead of just a trivia entry.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Michigan. After watching OSU and MSU I fully believe that IU could go into their place and pull out a W. Jury is still out for me on whether we could do that in the Crisler center.

  • anthony conaggio

    Not a good thing to go undefeated in “regular season”. It brings so much pressure going into the tourney, that it increases the odds of losing then. And frankly, I do think there is at least another team in the country as good as IU, with as good a big man, or even better — Duke. Too bad we didn’t play them in the challenge this year, that really would have been a matchup.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Fischer/691470077 Steve Fischer

    I agree with Evansville – Michigan. Anthony conventional wisdom says you’re right but what if we are so good that we can beat any team by 15 or so. I was at IU Law in 1976 and I’m glad we won every game and glad that no one else has since.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Fischer/691470077 Steve Fischer

    I agree with Evansville – Michigan. Anthony conventional wisdom says you’re right but what if we are so good that we can beat any team by 15 or so. I was at IU Law in 1976 and I’m glad we won every game and glad that no one else has since.

  • Kenneth234

    After what I seen of Ohio State last night, Michigan St in a few games, and many other Big Ten teams, I have to believe the only team that could be trouble for IU playing near their potential is Michigan; but they would have to be playing incredible basketball to do so. Not to say that Indiana cannot have a flat performance and get beat this year, I just have a hard time seeing it right now. So I am with this guy thinking that undefeated is not out of the question at this point.

    I firmly believe that Duke is not all that good after watching them beat an overrated Ohio State at home last night. I have yet to see Syracuse thus far, but other than Michigan, I think Florida may be the best team I have seen outside of Bloomington.

  • Kenneth234

    I do not buy that Prumlee is as good as Zeller. But beyond that, Kelly, and the other players at Duke are certainly not capable of matching IU. I would favor IU at Duke by 6+! 10 on a neutral floor, and 15 at home. But this is only because IU would play the bench mob in the last few minutes.

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