At the buzzer: Indiana 76, North Carolina 67

  • 11/30/2016 11:34 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 76-67 win over North Carolina:

How it happened: This one lived up to the billing. Students lined up outside of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall all afternoon. Kyle Schwarber and the 1981 national championship team were honored. Jim Cornelison amped up the crowd with a strong rendition of the National Anthem. And Indiana came out scorching hot, leading by as many as 17 points in the first half. It was the Hoosiers, not the Tar Heels, who were the aggressors from the onset. And save for a lapse in the second half where North Carolina cut the lead all the way down to four, Indiana controlled this game throughout. The end result was Indiana’s second signature win in the month of November over one of the nation’s elite teams.

Standout performance: Sophomore OG Anunoby was terrific, but his night was cut short as he went down with an apparent ankle injury late in the game following a dunk. In 29 minutes, the sophomore forward scored 16 points (on 6-of-8 shooting) and pulled down five rebounds.

Statistics that stands out: Indiana limited the nation’s No. 3 offense, which came in averaging 1.19 points per possession, to .94 points per trip on Wednesday night. The Tar Heels managed an effective field goal percentage of just 44.3, nearly 12 percent below their season average coming in. UNC also managed just eight second chance points.

Final IU player stats:

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Final tempo-free stats:

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  • vicbert caladipo

    I like when he was a half second from going berserk after a bad call in the first half, but stopped himself mid meltdown. Dare I say maturity is setting in on young Mr. Bryant.

  • ForeverIU

    You beat me to it. Classy guy for sure.

  • Smilinjayd

    To dwdkc,
    The 1st of the 2 forecasts goes your way… Remember, I’ll bow to your greatness if they win the B1G.
    Random notes: DD played poised, this team MUST, I REPEAT MUST improve FT shooting. Assembly Hall was our 6th man tonight. JN left me w/mixed reactions as defense was mostly good but he shot too much (shot more than any other IU player) that’s not his role. We got back doored too many times. TB must force offensive players into the center when he’s on the block, as they spun to baseline and scored too easily, too often. OG is so fun to watch. JB needs to learn pull up from 6-8 feet instead of driving and getting shots blocked inside. Great win. Congratulations CTC and team. 81 was my Sr. year, loved seeing the guys. They dominated.

  • ForeverIU

    I noticed that too. I rarely saw a desperation move from him tonight.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Yeah….he’s no Self or that jake auf new coach from Wisconsin.

  • IU Cal 1809

    I got tried of him the min he started creaming his panties about their powder blues! He diffidently had his NC shades on.

  • Smilinjayd

    He took too many shots, especially not in the flow, or optimal timing. Great D on Berry.

  • ForeverIU

    It didn’t look like a high ankle sprain for OG. I sure hope it wasn’t.

  • dwdkc

    Lots of people called this one, the Hoosiers at home in a big game? They’re chalk! In ’81 I was a senior at Wabash. Went to Senior Day with a buddy from Michigan who had gone to school with me in London. You and I probably got drunk at a few of the same keggers. Anyway he was so taken with the atmosphere–remember the crowd asking Ray to dunk? He told me except when they played Michigan he was from then on an IU fan.

  • That’s what I saw too, definitely seemed lower. I remember when RJ was hurt last year, he was grabbing much higher up.

  • ForeverIU

    I think I saw the ice at the bottom …

  • dwdkc

    I wouldn’t worry too much. Of course we are better with a talent like OG, but this team is full of players. Ft. Wayne wasn’t a lack of OG, it was a lack of mental intensity. OG will be fine I would think by Louisville, and probably by Butler.

  • Yep, pretty sure I saw the same. Hate to speculate, but man…

  • vicbert caladipo

    Looked like the outside of the foot to me.

  • Zach Martin

    At least 2 without googling

  • IU Cal 1809

    TC just said he thanks it’s high! Just hope it’s not as bad as RJs

  • Zach Martin

    Indication of the rule that winning solves everything

  • Pianoroark

    According to Crean (in the post-game presser), it looks like a high ankle sprain. Hope he’s wrong.

  • HAVOC

    His passion is so amazing! he knows his limitations and he knows what to do and what not to do in firing up his fellow teammates… He’s got it figured out to a science.

  • HAVOC

    Well, as much as that would SUCK, it would be best to happen now as opposed to the conference schedule. Here’s to hoping for the best.

  • HAVOC

    Speaks VOLUMES!

  • Oh, crap. That knocked RJ out for months, including surgery.

  • Zach Martin

    Best post of the night

  • HAVOC

    Yep! Our Defense won this game!.. but it was a complete game on both ends! It seemed like the refs tried to keep UNC in it, but we were obviously the BETTER TEAM!!!

  • HAVOC

    Can you imagine how scary good DD will be next season??? We will be FINE next year!!!… all we need is Jordan Tucker!!!

  • ForeverIU

    I know. I saw that after I posted. Sigh.

  • I’ll watch again. I don’t remember many shots that weren’t in the flow of the offense, but I could be wrong.

  • Hee Hee.

  • Old_Time_Hoosier

    Agreed. CTC is doing an excellent job of bench coaching the last 1 – 1 1/2 years.

  • Old_Time_Hoosier

    Saying it like the Macho Man Randy Savage?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Best defense and most aggressive rebounding out of James Blackmon Jr. since he stepped on the court at Assembly Hall.

    That type of big game effort and play was much needed and nice to see out of a kid who’s been much criticized and often injured!

  • TomJameson

    You’re right Mark. Being a “good loss” doesn’t really take the sting out of the loss, but at least it doesn’t hurt us as bad at selection time. I think IU just played down to their competition, simple as that.

  • TomJameson

    Now that’s a scary thought …. for the other teams. 🙂

  • TomJameson

    No, I don’t think CTC plays that game. I believe it’s just a case of being overly protective. After all, JBJ has that knee history and all. Probably tweaked it just a little, and so was resting the knee for the NC game.

  • TomJameson

    Don’t think we’ll go undefeated from this point on, there’ll still be a loss or two that will sting, but as this team grows into their identity they will be a tough out for anybody.

    B1G is going to be tough this year, but IU looks good for it again (IMO).

  • TomJameson

    You know, that last foul at 1.1 was unnecessary. No way to win at that point, and IU’s last possession should have been around the 5 second time. I think he just didn’t want to lose be double digits. But other than that, very classy guy.

  • vicbert caladipo

    snap in to a slim jim…oooooooo yeeeeeeee ahhhhhhhh

  • vicbert caladipo

    I don’t know what “playing that game” means, but I was basically saying what you repeated. He has a knee history, unimportant game so best time to rest, and we needed him way more for this game. Might be referred to as a game cuz in the pros they get paid and fans want to see ALL the guys play, but resting a guy that you, I, and JBJ knew could have played but we didn’t need him to is shades of Pops whether other think it’s a game or not.

  • Ole Man

    Don’t think so, partner. Think they’ll get some respect. However, the stench of the FW loss will linger with voters for awhile.

  • Ole Man

    Not so much stronger. He plays a different game than TB. Really hard to compare the two. Would love to see lineups with them playing together.

  • b_side

    Think BL meant had we not lost to IPFW we’d be getting #1 votes…

  • Ole Man

    Agree on JBJ’s D.
    Don’t think he carried the team, however.
    Overall, it was a true team effort.
    JN’s D on Berry was just as important for example.
    RJ was superb throughout.

  • Ole Man

    Well….nobody is perfect. LOL!
    DG was in a little too long…but hey, it’s great experience for him.

  • Ole Man

    He’s right, Mark. It’s like Good JN/Bad JN. LOL! But hopefully he is learning.

  • Ole Man

    Just my humble opinion, but think that last stretch of games cost us the title.

  • BL4IU

    He said they’d be ranked 2nd “if the IPFW loss would not have happened”. My point: no IPFW loss = whole lot of #1 votes.

  • Ole Man

    Got it upon rereading.

  • BL4IU

    DG has regressed. Trying to force it too much in the limited minutes he’s playing. Needs to realize he might get more minutes if he let’s the game come to him. Like to see him settle down and become more reliable. Could be a nice backup for JN when playing small, quick guards like Berry. Needs coaching.

  • BL4IU

    7 that ended UNC offensive possessions. D is not just about guarding your man.

  • IdahoHoosier

    You beat me to a very similar post MM. I saw adequate defense from JBJ, actually caught him blocking out a few times, and fighting to stay in front of his man. The whole team kind of took the foot off the gas defensively near the end, but I was extremely impressed in the first half.