Cody Zeller showed everyone Tuesday night why he’s the best big man in America.
The 7-foot sophomore scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds, was 8 of 13 from the field and dominated the middle, leading No. 1 Indiana (7-0) to its most impressive victory this season — a stunning 83-59 rout over No. 14 North Carolina (5-2) in Bloomington, Ind.
In a game that pitted two of the nation’s most storied college programs — they have combined for 10 national titles and 3,767 victories — Zeller made sure it was no contest.
When he wasn’t taking advantage of opportunities in the middle, he played the decoy for teammates who were cutting and slashing to the basket.
The combination was just too much for North Carolina, playing for the first time since returning from Hawaii last week.