Jackson-Davis leads No. 10 Indiana past No. 18 UNC, 77-65

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) — Trayce Jackson-Davis grew up dreaming of winning college flagship games.

On Wednesday night, Indiana’s oldest forward finally had a chance to celebrate a big, nationally televised victory.

He had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 10 Indiana past No. 18 North Carolina 77-65. Afterwards, Jackson-Davis soaked it up with a rare smile and some hilarious analogies.

“I just thought our defenses are very confining, like an anaconda,” he said, eliciting laughter. “It just sucked the life out of UNC early on. They couldn’t get any big shots early on and we kind of rode it to the end of the game.

The Hoosiers dropped against last year’s runner-up and this year’s preseason No. 1 never after. It was a defensive performance that former coach Bob Knight could have cheered.

Two days after cracking the top 10 for the first time since 2017 and a day after Knight observed Indiana’s practice, the Hoosiers (7-0) delivered their most impressive game of the season. They outclassed North Carolina 50-24 and held the Tar Heels on 8 of 28 shooting in the first half and 1 of 7 to start the second.