Indiana and North Carolina. They are two of the most historic programs in college basketball. Both have won five national championships.
And they meet today as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
IU holds a 7-5 series edge against the Tar Heels. This will be the third meeting in the event between the two programs with the visiting team winning both matchups - IU winning
79-66 in Chapel Hill in 2001, while the Tar Heels took home a 70-63 win in Bloomington in 2004.
Cody Zeller offered up a key to today's game.
"We just have to slow down their offense," Zeller said Monday. "Once we get it, we want to push it up. It will be a fast-paced game. But we can't let them score as quickly as they want to on offense."
The Tar Heels are averaging 85.3 points per game. Indiana is averaging 88.7.
Forward James Michael McAdoo leads North Carolina in scoring (16.8) and rebounding (8.8).
Reggie Bullock is second for North Carolina in scoring (12.7). Dexter Strickland and Marcus Paige are averaging 7.7 and 7.3 points, respectively. The Tar Heels will be without guard P.J. Hairston will miss the game because of a knee injury. He is averaging 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Zeller leads IU in points (15.2 per game) and is second in rebounding (7.7 per game). Christian Watford is second on the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) and leads the Hoosiers in rebounding (8 per game).
Indiana coach Tom Crean stressed getting back on defense and rebounding. Those two categories could play an outcome in determining the winner.