In Indiana’s season-ending Sweet 16 loss, North Carolina got hot from distance early. Couple the Tar Heels’ 3-point barrage with their typically stellar work in the post and on the offensive boards, and it was too much for the Hoosiers to overcome.
We’ll take a look at how UNC got it going in the first half in the latest edition of Film Session:
Justin Jackson makes a move on Nick Zeisloft off the perimeter. Troy Williams sinks in off Marcus Paige:
Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to North Carolina
PHILADELPHIA – Indiana’s season came to an end on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center as the Hoosiers lost to top seeded North Carolina, 101-86.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Tar Heels:
· Hoosiers have no answer for early barrage from UNC: Indiana’s defense won it the regular season Big Ten championship and a round of 32 NCAA tournament game against Kentucky.
In Saturday’s loss, the Hoosiers had no answer defensively for North Carolina, which was not only making its presence felt inside by drawing fouls, but was also knocking down perimeter shots. Was it a matter of Indiana not guarding as well as it should have or was it just North Carolina playing one of its best offensive games of the season? The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Indiana’s season ends in Sweet Sixteen loss to UNC
PHILADELPHIA – Everything went North Carolina’s way from the start.
The Tar Heels entered the game shooting 31.4 percent from 3-point range, but went 11-for-20 against Indiana, which sent the No. 1 seed to the Elite Eight with a 101-86 win on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
UNC made 7-of-8 3s in the first half with its only miss coming on the last possession of the half, and then made 3-of-5 to start the second half. It was too much for the Hoosiers.
Video: Crean, IU players react to loss to North Carolina
PHILADELPHIA – Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams and Max Bielfeldt met with the media following Indiana’s 101-86 loss to North Carolina in the 2016 NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen at the Wells Fargo Center.
Video: Roy Williams, UNC players react to win over Indiana
PHILADELPHIA – Roy Williams, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson met with the media following North Carolina’s 101-86 win over Indiana to North Carolina in the 2016 NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen at the Wells Fargo Center.
North Carolina couldn’t shoot, and yet here was Marcus Paige dropping three … after three .. after three … after three. The Tar Heels were hot from distance from the start and it was an early nail in the coffin for Indiana’s hopes at its first Elite Eight berth under Tom Crean. The Hoosiers went down by 10 with 9:49 to go in the first half and never got any closer the rest of the way.
North Carolina entered the game shooting just 31.4 percent from distance. The Tar Heels finished off the Hoosiers’ season by hitting 55 percent (11-of-20) from distance. It wasn’t all that sunk Indiana. Entering the game as the fourth best offensive rebounding team in the country, the Tar Heels snagged almost half their misses (47%) and even got three rebounds on multiple possessions in the second half. Their free throw rate was 53 percent and they hit 26-of-33 from the charity stripe. They turned it over on just 13 percent of their possessions. North Carolina scored 1.42 points per possession and shot an effective field goal percentage of 60.
Add it all up and Indiana simply was outplayed from start to finish.