For one of the few occasions in recent memory, North Carolina entered its game tonight as a double-digit underdog. Traveling to Indiana to face the top-ranked Hoosiers, the Heels actually proved the oddsmakers far too generous.
Carolina hung around early but performed disastrously in the second half, ultimately losing 83-59 and failing to compete effectively in any area of the contest. Just three seasons ago the Heels suffered through a shockingly poor campaign that resulted in their missing the NCAA Tournament; tonight's outing versus IU very much resembled some of that 2010 squad's various collapses.
The Tar Heels lost to an Indiana-based team for the second time this season, after performing just as disastrously for one half against Butler last week in Maui. I'll analyze Carolina's immediate and longer-term prospects in my column later this week. For now, bask in the shock and awe of the UNC/Indiana box score.