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Cody Zeller’s Offensive Woes Continue, Yet Indiana Still Able to Beat Michigan State

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

When the Indiana Hoosiers came into the season ranked the best team in the country, most believed they would be carried by Player of the Year candidate Cody Zeller. But the Hoosiers have shown they can win even if the 7’0” sophomore is having a slump.

In last Wednesday’s game against Penn State, Zeller didn’t hit a single field goal, yet Indiana still won 72-49. On Sunday Zeller continued to struggle on the offensive end, but the Hoosiers were still able to overcome the tremendous three-point shooting by No. 13 Michigan State, winning 75-70. Zeller had nine points, shooting 2-7 from the floor.

Although Zeller has been struggling on offense, he is still doing a lot of little things to help Indiana win, including two huge defensive plays late against MSU. But if he wants to bring home some individual trophies at the end of the year, he must find his shot.

It has been junior guard Victor Oladipo who has kept the Hoosiers going on the offensive side. The 6’5” wing has scored an average of 20 points in the last two games while Zeller has struggled. He has also had a total of 15 rebounds and nine steals in the those two wins. Oldadipo’s success and consistency has caused some to question if he should be Indiana’s representative for POY honors.

The truth of the matter is, Indiana isn’t just about one particular player, no matter how much the media hypes someone during the off-season. The Hoosiers have everything they need to win the Big Ten Conference and to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament– although some offensive help from Zeller would go a long way into reaching those heights.

Indiana will play instate rivals the Purdue Boilermakers Wednesday on the road.

 

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