On Zeller's slow night, Hulls and Oladipo help Hoosiers take down Georgia
Cody Zeller has not had a lot of off nights since arriving in Bloomington, but he definitely was not himself last night in Brooklyn at the Progressive Legends Classic. Taking a physical pounding, Zeller finished with 6 points and 4 rebounds, well below the expectations one carries for a pre-season NCAA player of the year candidate. Despite Zeller's off night, Indiana managed to get past Georgia with a 66-53 win as they pulled away late.
Senior sharpshooter Jordan Hulls nailed some crucial triples down the stretch to finish with 14 points. Meanwhile, junior Victor Oladipo scored a game high 15 points, playing his usual stalwart defense while showing off his high level athleticism. Georgia's big name player, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds while being held to 4-15 FG shooting on the contest.
Georgia used strength more than size to stifle the 6-11 Zeller, who will not get much of a break tonight against a very tough Georgetown team. This could be just an off night for Zeller, just something to monitor to see how he responds to taking some hard fouls, which he did often against the Bulldogs. Luckily Indiana has weapons to make up for it, not to mention experience in Hulls, Oladipo, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford playing big roles. With the target firmly on Indiana's chest, we will see how they respond tonight to a Hoyas team coming off of an impressive victory against UCLA.