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Indiana Fends Off Iowa in Big Ten Opener, 69-65

January 2nd, 2013 at 10:00 AM
By Evan Reller

No. 5 Indiana won for the first time in four years in Iowa City. The Hoosiers (13-1) were led by a double-double from Cody Zeller.

Iowa (11-3) continually came close to taking the lead late in the game, but were never able to over take the Hoosiers in the final minutes. IU held a lead for the vast majority of the game but could not push it to more than a few points.

Zeller finished the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Right behind Zeller, was Victor Oladipo with another double-double. Oladipo added 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also held Iowa’s leading scorer, Roy Devyn Marble, to 1-of-14 shooting.

Yogi Ferrell continued to show improvement and give the Hoosiers just what they needed. The freshman had nine points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Christian Watford finished the afternoon with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Will Sheehey came off the bench to give IU 13 points, five rebounds, and earned the ire of the Hawkeye fans. Smatterings of “Sheehey sucks” rained down from the crowd.

Zeller, Oladipo, and Ferrell were asked to play more that 30 minutes in the game and all handled the time extremely well. Due to the close game, coach Tom Crean was unable to go as deep into his bench as he normally would.

Jordan Hulls had one of his worst games in an IU uniform. The senior was 0-for-10 on field goals and failed to score a point. He did manage six assists and no turnovers. Hulls was averaging 11 points per game, if he just hits his average, IU turns this into a blowout.

While this was a close game, it was a very quality road win against a good Iowa team. Last season, the Hoosiers struggled on the road and if they want to be successful in the Big Ten they will have to get over the poor play.

Indiana will be back in action January 7th as they head to Happy Valley to face Penn State (8-4).

Tags: Cody Zeller, Indiana, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa, Jordan Hulls, NCAA, Tom Crean, Victor Oladipo, Yogi Ferrell

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