Anunoby, Blackmon carry Hoosiers to win over Tar HeelsBy Kelly Sanders Dec 02, 2016
IN had just rocked the No. 3 and previously unbeaten Tar Heels 76-67 Wednesday night and for Bryant, the Hoosiers' feel-the-passion center, perspective trumped elation.
Down low, the Hoosiers are led by Sophomore talent Thomas Bryant.
For all the anger he let out regarding his team's intensity levels, however, Williams showed how long he's been in the business by taking perspective on what this means for UNC in the big picture. We're getting better each and every day. "Today we proved that".
The Hoosiers have won the last two games since their stunning loss to Fort Wayne. It cost the Heels that season in losses to Belmont (45.8%), UAB (36.4%), Texas (51.1%), Wake Forest (63.6%), Miami (60%), Pittsburgh (65.6%) and Iowa State (60%) - all games in which they fell short by six or fewer points.
Here are three things from Tuesday's press conference to look out for ahead of the game. "We delivered blows", said IN head coach Tom Crean. "Every phase of the game, they were more aggressive and competitive than we were". During halftime, the Hoosiers honored their 1981 National Championship Team. I have some College Basketball news from last night.
James Blackmon (1) sparked the Hoosiers early on Wednesday. The Illini lost at home to Winthrop, then went to NY for the NIT Season Tip-Off and were practically non-competitive in losing to West Virginia 88-57 and Florida State 72-61. The program record is 50 straight from 1991-1995.
"They go every time", Crean said.
The Assembly Hall crowd should keep IN laser-focused throughout this evening's tilt.
"He's healing, " Crean said. "They (the fans) certainly bring a lot of confidence. He probably wanted us the next game". And there were thousands and thousands of them out there this morning. "We were winded, but I didn't worry too much about that".
Guard Allonzo Trier has yet to play this season because of unspecified reasons, and forward Ray Smith ended his career after suffering a third torn ACL during an exhibition game. "We weren't ready to play".
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But once the ball was tipped, the effort IN put forward is what sustained the noise and atmosphere. "But it helps build confidence all the way around". They spread the court, delivered blows and took control. They also lead the Big-Ten in overall wins over ranked opponents in the last five seasons. The Gaels shot 55.1 percent from the field and was 11 of 27 from 3-point range.
"One team really played right from the get-go and the other team did not, and that was us", coach Roy Williams said. There were so many mistakes.
Southern Cal: The Trojans were rocked in the offseason when three starters unexpectedly departed, which led to a lot of pessimism heading into the season. Blackmon Jr. was out for several practices in between the Fort Wayne and UNC games and sat out the Mississippi Valley State win on Sunday.
Ray Spalding and Mangok Mathiang each scored 11 points and Donovan Mitchell contributed seven critical points down the stretch to help No. 14 Louisville hold off No. 15 Purdue 71-64 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
"It's something I'm proud of, but I don't spend any time thinking about it", Williams said. One week removed from pumping the brakes regarding the Final Four potential of his squad after throttling the field at the Maui Invitational, Williams elected not - or possibly just forgot - to supply a curt "I told you so". "Our confidence was good, I was just anxious about our wind".
In a Sweet 16 rematch, IN saw 5 players score IN double figures, compared to UNC's 2 players IN double figures. However, he suffered an apparent high ankle sprain while dunking late in the game.
IL: I hate to say coaches are in trouble, but it's not hard to imagine that John Groce won't be around long if things keep trending in the present direction.
"We got to the game and knew what had gone on", he said.
IU Insider Zach Osterman breaks down what to know ahead of Wednesday's prime time showdown with North Carolina.
Jock Landale scored 13 points for Saint Mary's (6-0), and Joe Rahon added 10. North Carolina is looking like a top contender for a spot in the Final Four this season. ". We just have to run our race the way we're running it, and eventually, hopefully, we'll get all those guys". I was just anxious about our wind. "We're playing for each other, and we need to be in a situation of how simple can we make it".
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