Luke Winn of SI believes Hoosiers have “pretty much arrived”

  • 01/04/2012 8:19 am in

SI.com: Cody Zeller, Indiana among the biggest surprises in college basketball season

Zeller is the centerpiece of the turnaround. He’s the most complete big man in the freshman Class of 2011, and the most efficient player in the Hoosiers’ rotation, averaging 14.2 points per game on 64.3 percent shooting, for an offensive rating of 128.7. IU’s offense has opened up around him, as the team is shooting 44.7 percent on threes, up from 34.6 percent last season. Part of it is Zeller drawing in defenses, but Crean also says that his two main marksmen — juniors Christian Watford (50.0 percent, including the game-winner against UK) and Jordan Hulls (54.4 percent, including a wrong-handed make against Howard) — dedicated themselves to becoming better shooters in the offseason, and the team has a better understanding of how to intelligently move the ball. Miraculously, they’ve improved from the 11th most efficient offense in the Big Ten last season, to No. 1 in ’11-12.

North Carolina’s staff regarded Zeller’s older brother Tyler as the Tar Heels’ most sound defender last season, and it seems that defensive acumen runs in the family. Crean said that Cody Zeller leads IU in deflections, which is the coach’s preferred method of measuring defensive effort. Zeller is also the only player taller than 6-9 whose steal percentage (3.9) appears on kenpom.com’s top 100 list. “I’ve been really surprised at how active Cody is,” Crean said. “He has quick feet, quick hands, and a quick mind.”

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  • Anonymous

    4 of the frontpage headlines feature the Hoosiers. Man, it feels awesome to be back!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Which 4?

  • Anonymous

    They are all bigger articles, but the headlines feature the Hoosiers. Davis’s Stock Report, Davis’ Predictions, Winn’s Revisions, and Bracketology.

  • CreanFaithful

    Good article.  But I’m wondering why the author says “it is unlikely that Watford and Hulls will continue to shoot the 3-ball at 50% or above.”  They’ve managed these marks through 14 games…

  • CreanFaithful

    Good article.  But I’m wondering why the author says “it is unlikely that Watford and Hulls will continue to shoot the 3-ball at 50% or above.”  They’ve managed these marks through 14 games…

  • Maybe because only two players in all of college basketball last year shot over 50% from 3 while taking 100+ attempts.

  • Anonymous

    I just checked it out.  Beautiful indeed!  We have all waited so long for this.  It feels great.  It should be just the beginning!

  • Cody Zeller “quick mind” comes from learning his craft over the last 15 yrs – he is a great player.   The 3 pt shooting also improves when you have other players that demand the double team – especially VO and Sheehey who can create their own shot and finish at the rim. VJ is also distributing the ball better.  The result is that CWat and Hulls can get open shots, and their shooting percentage increases.  CTC has players in place that can play his tempo and style.  The whole reason he came to IU from Marquette was to add the extra piece – a talented big.   CZ is that piece and when you add Yogi and Hanner with my favorite player Mo coming back – then you have what CTC has been hoping for in a team.  This year will be good, and they have exceeded my expectations, and next yr they will be great.

  • JerryCT

    I too am surprised by CZ. I thought he would have trouble against grown men in college for a season ( ie like MSU game ) but in general I was wrong and happy to be wrong.

    I also agree about 50% shooting unlikely to continue as we play a greater % of games away from home and teams begin to game plan for Hulls/CW.

  • Derbus

    If CZ decides to stay 4 years, alot of IU big mn will be better that they ever imagined!  His energy and ability is contagious.

  • Derbus

    If CZ decides to stay 4 years, alot of IU big mn will be better that they ever imagined!  His energy and ability is contagious.

  • Anonymous

    God I can’t wait to go to this game tomorrow night! My first IU basketball game @ Assembly Hall in 15 years.

  • Nimbi

    I hope Cody stays with quick feet, quick hands, and a quick mind, and s l o w entrance into the draft.

  • A. Schick

    Enjoy it and welcome home! 

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I’m going to reference Dakich here and say that Vic and Sheehey have had the greater impact regarding energy.  That extends to leadership as well.  Remember when Sheehey got on Watford for getting boxed out on a free throw? Think it was against Butler…regardless, I feel like he’s been a beast ever since – minus the first half against NC State when he pulled a 180 in the second half and owned the glass.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I’m going to reference Dakich here and say that Vic and Sheehey have had the greater impact regarding energy.  That extends to leadership as well.  Remember when Sheehey got on Watford for getting boxed out on a free throw? Think it was against Butler…regardless, I feel like he’s been a beast ever since – minus the first half against NC State when he pulled a 180 in the second half and owned the glass.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, have a great time. Wish I were going, but gave my tickets to my sons and two of their friends who haven’t been there. Hope the crowd is as loud and passionate as it was last Saturday. My ears are still ringing! Will be watching on tv.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, have a great time. Wish I were going, but gave my tickets to my sons and two of their friends who haven’t been there. Hope the crowd is as loud and passionate as it was last Saturday. My ears are still ringing! Will be watching on tv.