# 9 Indiana improves to 7-0 with 12-point win over # 5 North Carolina 

# 9 Indiana improves to 7-0 with 12-point win over # 5 North Carolina
By Nick Jenkinson/Excel H Sports
Indiana Hoosiers Men’s Basketball ranked 9th in the Excel H Sports rankings improved to 7-0 with 77-65 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels ranked 5th in the Excel H Sports rankings in the final Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup Wednesday night in a sold-out Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Indiana leads the all-time series 10-6 with the Tar Heels along with 4-1 record in Big Ten/ACC Challenge and 5-2 at home games with UNC. Indiana will end the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and home record of 6-4. While some believe this is a statement win for the Hoosiers Head Coach Mike Woodson does not agree. “It’s not a statement man, it’s our schedule. We had to play Carolina, a great institution. It’ not a statement. We now have to start preparing for Rutgers and the Big Ten because we know the Big Ten is a grind” Woodson Said.

Trayce Jackson-Davis led Indiana with 21 points and 10 Rebounds. “It was huge for us, to be the best you have to beat the best and Coach Woodson wants us to play the best like North Carolina, Kansas and Arizona” Jackson-Davis said after the game. Xavier Johnson scored 20 points and 8 rebounds and Freshman Jalen Hood-Schifino scored 14 points. Hood-Schifino scored the first seven points for the Hoosiers and 12 in the first half. Trey Galloway scored 11 points off the bench after missing the last three games with injury. Indiana was 31-62 for 50% from the field, 3-13 for 23 % and 12-18 from the free throw line for 66%. The Hoosiers pulled down 40 rebounds,13 assists, 7 steals, 6 blocks and scored 50 points in the paint. Indiana committed 8 turnovers.

Pete Nance led the Tar Heels with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Nance and IU’s Miller Kopp were teammates at Northwestern, and they face other tonight as opponents as Kopp had 2 points. Armando Bacot had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Caleb Love had 13 points and RJ Davis had11 points. The Tar Heels were 20-59 for 34 % from the field, 5-18 from three-point range 27% and 20-27 from the foul line for 70 %. North Carolina pulle down 39 rebounds, 5 assits, 4 steals, 3 blocks, 24 points in the paint and committed 10 turnovers.

The Hoosiers controlled the game from start to finish leading 35-29 at halftime and outscoring the Tar Heels 42-36 in the second half. The Hoosiers lead for 37:07 of the game and trailed for 1:37 with 8 lead changes with teams for just one minute and five seconds. Indiana will play on Saturday afternoon at 4pm when they travel to Rutgers to start Big Ten play.

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