Cody Zeller showed Tuesday night why he's considered the best big man in college basketball.
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 to its most impressive victory this season -- a 83-59 rout over No. 14 North Carolina in Bloomington, Ind.
Zeller had plenty of help. Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey each added 19 points, and Jordan Hulls had 13 for the Hoosiers (7-0).
The Tar Heels (5-2) lost for the second time in a week to a team from the Hoosier State. A week earlier, they were defeated by Butler. They trailed by 29 points in the second half of both games and by more than 30 in Bloomington.
For the first 16 minutes, the highly hyped matchup lived up to its billing as the teams battled to a 31-31 draw. Indiana began to pull away as Zeller scored six points in the final 3 minutes of the half, and the Hoosiers took a 46-37 lead into the locker room.
A 13-0 Indiana run early in the second half made it 59-37 with more than 15 minutes to go.
Michigan 79, North Carolina State 72: Freshman Nik Stauskas scored 20 points, and point guard Trey Burke had 18 points and 11 assists without committing a turnover as the host No. 3 Wolverines (6-0) held off the No. 18 Wolfpack (4-2).
Cal: Sophomore guard Ricky Kreklow, who sat out all three games at the DirecTV Classic in Anaheim last week when he felt pain in his surgically repaired right foot, has no structural damage after undergoing X-rays.
A projected starter before the season, Kreklow is listed as doubtful to play Sunday when the Bears (6-0) visit Wisconsin (4-2).
Baylor 89, Rice 49: Playing in her first college game in her hometown of Houston, Brittney Griner scored 35 points, and the No. 3 Lady Bears (6-1) routed the host Owls (2-4).
The 6-foot-8 senior added nine rebounds and four blocks. When Griner was benched with more than 12 minutes remaining in the game, she had seven more points than Rice's team.
Staff writer Jeff Faraudo contributed to this report.