INDIANAPOLIS– In the Crossroads Classic the Indiana Hoosiers didn’t disappoint or have a hangover since their upset on #1 Kentucky. They handled the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 69-58 with Cody Zeller leading the way with 21 points and 8 rebounds.
“We’ve got to play through Cody all the time because he does so many different things,” Indiana guard Jordan Hulls said. “You can throw it in, he can score, he can pass, we’ve just got to cut off him, find open spots and he’s unselfish, so he’ll find the open man. It’s very, very crucial that we do that every game and it shows. He’ll do whatever he needs to do to win.”
This was the first win against Notre Dame since 2003, and will move the Hoosiers up in the top 25 come Monday.
The other matchup in the Crossroads Classic featured the Butler Bulldogs and the Purdue Boilermakers. It was a last second tip in from Butler’s Andrew Smith that pushed Purdue back to 9-3 overall. Purdue was lead by Robbie Hummel with 16 points. Butler held Purdue to 21 percent shooting in the second half and limited Hummel from getting the ball in his hands.