As timing would have it, freshman Cody’s Indiana Hoosiers will face NC State in Raleigh, N.C. at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. About 2 hours, 15 minutes later, senior Tyler’s fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels will tip off against seventh-ranked Wisconsin in Chapel Hill, N.C.
After an 11-hour drive from Washington, Ind., Tuesday, Lorri and Steve Zeller are determined to see both sons in both games, even though they are being played about 23 miles (and roughly a 30-minute drive) away from each other.
“No, we don’t know any good back roads — we’re just hoping to plug in the GPS, click ‘fastest route,’ and go,’’ Lorri said in a telephone interview, laughing.
Things might have been a bit easier, driving-wise, had the scheduling gurus opted to pit the 7-foot brothers against each other, although Lorri was glad they didn’t.
“When we found out about this week, and how close they’d be playing each other, we were excited, because it meant we’d be able to see both of them — although it would have been nice if one was playing Tuesday and the other Wednesday,” she said.