North Carolina Tar Heels at Indiana Hoosiers (-9.5)
Two of the nation’s premier programs will meet Tuesday night when top-ranked Indiana hosts No. 13 North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Hoosiers feature a deep, talented roster that includes five players averaging double figures in scoring and three who led the team in scoring in each of the last three seasons. Cody Zeller, a 7-foot sophomore forward, leads Indiana in scoring (15.2) after averaging a team-high 15.6 last season. The Tar Heels have three players averaging in double figures and they've already been stung by a team from Indiana, losing to Butler at last week’s Maui Invitational.
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (5-1): James Michael McAdoo has seen his minutes nearly double from last season and his scoring average nearly triple from 6.1 to 16.8 points, but his turnovers are also skyrocketing. The sophomore forward didn’t have more than three turnovers in any game last season, but he’s already had four or more in four of six games this season, including seven in the loss to Butler. The Tar Heels are also experiencing some growing pains with freshman point guard Marcus Paige, who has 20 assists and 19 turnovers while shooting 37.5 percent from the floor this season.
ABOUT INDIANA (6-0): With the emergence of Zeller the last two seasons, senior forward Christian Watford has seen his shot attempts gradually decline. Watford averaged a team-high 16 points two seasons back but fell to 12.6 last season and 13.2 so far this year. Watford, who's best remembered for hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer last season to knock off No. 1 Kentucky, is averaging 8.7 field-goal attempts, which would be a career low. He’s making his presence known in other areas, particularly rebounding, where he’s averaging a team-high eight a game.
* Over is 4-1 in Hoosiers’ last five overall.
* Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
* Hoosiers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Under is 4-0 in Tar Heels’ last four vs. Big Ten foes.
1. Zeller’s older brother, Tyler, starred at North Carolina the previous four seasons and now plays in the NBA for the Cavaliers. His other brother, Luke, plays for the Phoenix Suns.
2. Indiana senior guard Jordan Hulls is eight 3-pointers away from moving into No. 2 all time on the Indiana career list.
3. Indiana will be without freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin. Both were suspended for the first nine games for accepting benefits from a former AAU coach. The players lost an appeal last week that would have shortened the suspension to five games and made them available against the Tar Heels.