Tuesday's college hoops roundup: Indiana, Michigan roll over ACC foes

Gregory Shamus

Paced by the victories of No. 1 Indiana and No. 3 Michigan, the Big Ten is out to an early 4-2 lead over the Big Ten in this year's showdown between the two conferences.


No. 1 Indiana 83, No. 14 North Carolina 59 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

The No. 1 team in the country made its first really definitive statement that it is the team to beat in 2012-13 by running the young Tar Heels out of Assembly Hall Tuesday night. The Hoosiers seemed like they were toying with UNC before unleashing a 39-12 run that ensured a final score which would get the attention of the rest of the nation.

I know Zeller, Watford and Hulls warrant the lion's share of attention, but Victor Oladipo could not be more important for this team. His freakish athleticism is something opponents don't have an answer for, and he has become one of the best defenders in the Big Ten. The latest example of that came Tuesday when he completely shut down UNC's Reggie Bullock.

Oh yeah, IU beat North Carolina to a pulp with its leading scorer (Watford) scoring just two points.

No. 3 Michigan 79, No. 18 NC State 72 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

The other top five team in action on Tuesday also looked the part. Trey Burke controlled the game without scoring a point in the first half, even though he would finish with 20 of them to go along with a career-high 11 assists. The Wolverines displayed all the selflessness and team chemistry that NC State is sorely lacking right now. If the Wolfpack doesn't develop that by conference play, then the preseason ACC favorites are going to have a hard time living up to their October billing.

No. 19 Colorado 85, Texas Southern 80 (2 OT)

The shocker of the night almost came when Mike Davis (yes, that Mike Davis) 1-5 Texas Southern team took No. 19 Colorado to two overtimes before eventually falling by five. The Buffs trailed by as many as 15. A large part of that was because of the performance of Omar Strong, who drilled nine 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 39 points. In one of the cooler moments of the season thus far, Colorado fans gave Strong a standing ovation after the game was over.

No. 21 Minnesota 77, Florida State 68 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

The Golden Gophers dismissed any talk of a Bahamas hangover by handling Florida State in a win that was even easier than the final score indicates. This certainly appears to be Tubby Smith's best team at Minnesota.


Pittsburgh 70, Howard 46

The Panthers used four double figure scorers to cruise to the 24-point victory. As long as they knock off Detroit on Saturday it would appear Pitt has a very good shot at being nationally ranked this time next week.

Virginia Tech 95, Iowa 79 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

The Hokies rolled over a solid Iowa team to move to 6-0 for the first time since the 1982-83 season. Things are going to be pretty awkward for Seth Greenberg when VT starts demanding mention on ESPN.

Maryland 77, Northwestern 57 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

The Wildcats had absolutely no answer for Alex Len inside, and as a result suffered their first loss of the season.

Nebraska 79, Wake Forest 63 (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

This game also happened.

Player of the Night: Omar Strong, Texas Southern

Oh, indeed. The man dropped 39 and nearly led 1-5 Texas Southern to an upset of No. 19 Colorado. The Buffalo fans gave him a standing ovation after the horn sounded at the end of CU's double overtime win.

All-November 27 Team

C.J. McCollum, Lehigh - Dropped 30 and grabbed nine boards in Lehigh's 77-66 win over Quinnipiac. Standard C.J.

Bryce Cotton, Providence - Scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half as PC ran past Holy Cross, 61-42.

Erick Green, Virginia Tech - The ACC's leading scorer was at it again, netting 24 points and dishing out five assists in VT's romp of Iowa.

Cleveland Melvin, DePaul - Melvin scored 13 points in the game's first four minutes and finished by matching his career-high of 30 as the Blue Demons fought off a late Fairfield rally to win, 85-78.

Derek Needham, Fairfield - Scored a career-high 29 in that same game.

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