BLOOMINGTON – Indiana took care of the ball. And as a result took care of North Carolina.
Guards Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell and Jordan Hulls combined for 14 assists and one turnover in Indiana's 83-59 victory against the Tar Heels Tuesday at Assembly Hall.
"It's pretty incredible against that team," IU coach Tom Crean said.
Hulls finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. He did not have a turnover.
"He's a great player. He comes up big when we need him most. He loves the big stage. We knew he was going to come out and play well for us tonight."
"He's a bad boy," Victor Oladipo added. Oladipo then started singing a verse from the song "Bad Boys."
Ferrell had two points, five rebounds and six assists.
"It answers the question can you play two little guys together. They are phenomenal at what they do and they feed off each other and they play well together," Oladipo said.
"Jordan is phenomenal and Yogi is just getting better. He's going to keep getting better inside games.
Running the floor
Indiana had 12 fast break points to North Carolina's eight.
"We're still going to play our game. We want to get out and run. It was big for us getting back in transition. At the same time, we want to push it back at them. We're not going to change, whether we are playing North Carolina or whoever else is on our schedule. We're not going to change on offense," Zeller said.
"… If it's there, we're going to hit it."
North Carolina star forward James Michael McAdoo finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. He was 4 of 15 from the floor.
He didn't score in the second half.
"They live for that break, but the heart of their team is the post-up. And we needed to do a better job on the post-up," Crean said.
"… The fact that Will Sheehey did a phenomenal job on him. Will was fighting him, making it hard for him to make catches."