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A brief pause for IU perspective

OK, so that was impressive.

If there were any doubts -- any at all, anywhere -- that Indiana was the No. 1 college basketball team in the land, the Hoosiers erased them last night in the howling red cauldron of Assembly Hall. No, check that: They dynamited those doubts, running North Carolina out of the building as if it were North Judson High School, leaving the Tar Heels with their tongues dragging on the floor by the middle of the second half.

Fun stuff. Jaw-dropping stuff. And, not to throw a bucketful of cold water all over everything, stuff that should give everyone pause.

Something to keep in mind, in the aftermath: These were not the Michael Jordan Tar Heels. They're a bunch of freshmen and sophomores, and not the usual cut of freshmen and sophomores that generally find their way to Chapel Hill. A week ago, remember, Butler had them down by 29 in the second half before beating the Heels by 11.

So, they're pretty good, but hardly great. And there's no way, a couple of weeks into the season, that they were remotely ready for a No. 1 Indiana team in Assembly Hall on national TV.

Yeah, the Hoosiers are a pretty daunting basketball team. There isn't a team in America that would relish playing them right now, especially in Bloomington, where Indiana enjoys perhaps the most intimidating homecourt advantage in college hoops.

But it's not yet December. And so, a little perspective with that chest-thumping, please.

Ben Smith's blog.