UNC-IU Game Notes

CHAPEL HILL – The unthinkable has happened.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are now 0-3 after losing at home to Indiana 79-66 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night.

Here are some notes from Wednesday's game:

The last time UNC started 0-3 was in the 1928-29 season.

The Tar Heels are now 0-3 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. Carolina lost at home to Michigan State in both Chapel Hill and East Lansing, Mich., in the first two years.

The last time Indiana played in Chapel Hill was on Dec. 20, 1980 when UNC came up with a 65-56 victory. Three months later the Hoosiers defeated the Tar Heels 63-50 in the national championship game in Philadelphia. The irony is that the game was almost postponed because President Reagan had been shot earlier that afternoon and his condition wasn't known until shortly before tipoff. It was also the last time there was a consolation game at the Final Four. Virginia beat LSU prior to the title game, the last one before CBS got the rights to air the NCAA Tournament.

Indiana now leads the all-time series 7-4. All of the games have been played since 1962.

Indiana won the last meeting between the schools 82-73 at the Jimmy V Classic in East Rutherford, N.J., on Dec. 21, 1999.

UNC's record against the Big Ten now stands at 38-22

After shooting 39% and 30% in their first two games, the Tar Heels shot 36.7% against the Hoosiers on Wednesday night.

In Will Johnson's first ever college start the 6-foot-8 junior from Hickory scored nine points and grabbed two rebounds in 37 minutes of action.

Jason Capel fell one rebound short of his third straight double-double to open the season. Capel had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Dating back to last year the Tar Heels have lost four straight at home, the longest streak in school history. UNC has lost three straight home games just three times ever.

Dating back to last season the Tar Heels have lost four straight games, five of six, six of nine and eight of 13.


Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He is also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.

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