Crean’s message to Zeller: Just keep getting better

  • 01/28/2012 10:53 pm in

Cody Zeller was never able to get into a rhythm in Indiana’s 57-50 loss at Wisconsin on Thursday night because of foul trouble.

IU’s freshman center was scoreless in the first half and finished the game with only seven points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

He was the subject of some borderline foul calls that changed the game for the Hoosiers. Zeller picked up his second foul on what appeared to be a charge after a long defensive possession for Indiana.

Instead, Zeller was called for a blocking foul and was forced to go to the bench for the remainder of the half.

“We spend a lot of time making sure we understand that block-charge line,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean. “We’re rarely gonna try to draw a charge where we’re anywhere near the lane, and we’re gonna be set. So the other day when Cody gets called for a blocking foul, and you can show him, ‘that’s not what happened. You took a charge. Let’s keep doing it.'”

Late in the second half, Wisconsin’s Mike Brusewitz appeared to shove Zeller to the ground to get an offensive rebound, but no foul was called.

“There’s nothing you can tell a guy when he get thrown to the ground on how to block out better,” Crean said. “You’re not going to do that.

“When you teach the right things, you expect to be rewarded for it in a game. You expect the game to be called in the last two minutes the same way it is in the first two minutes. Those are the expectations you have as a coach and a program going into a game. It doesn’t always turn out that way.”

Frustration hasn’t come often for Zeller this season. The last time he didn’t score in double figures was in the conference opener at Michigan State on Dec. 28. In the six games between the Michigan State and Wisconsin contests, Zeller averaged 19.5 points per game and made 67 percent of his shots from the field.

Crean said Zeller has remained level-headed through both the good performances and the bad ones.

“There’s none of us that want him to do anything more than play,” Crean said, “because he was so well schooled when he got here, so we want to make sure we’re continuing to school those aspects on the speed of this game.

“If I was frustrated with Cody or if I was upset, then he should have something to thing about. I’m not. I’m just challenging him to be better.”

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  • MillaRed

    I did. That was just terrible.

  • MillaRed

    On one hand I give him a ton of credit for being as cool as he is. The problem, he doesn’t seem to get anything out of being the nice guy.

    I would love to be able to say to Bo Ryan, Izzo and Weber fans, “Hey, our coach gives the officials respect!”

    But they would answer, “Go right ahead. Our whiny coaches get 3-4 extra calls a game with their harassment.”

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Outside of the last game we played, the worst missed call of the year to me was the travel that was not called during the late inbound play from the Minnesota game. As a player you never stop playing until the whistle but it was so obvious Sheehey even paused for a half moment because he anticipated a whistle. He then hopped up and down making the travelling signal with his hands while trying to keep defending the inbound pass. This was a horrible non call and WS was right because the defender lost his right to move freely because the inbound attempt was not after a made basket. Good or bad, excuse or not but Indiana realistically is about 4 or 5 plays from being 7-2 in the conference and 19-2 overall. We have to make plays to win but we are not far off. Hopefully the guys take these losses as lessons to play a full 40 against every single team.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Outside of the last game we played, the worst missed call of the year to me was the travel that was not called during the late inbound play from the Minnesota game. As a player you never stop playing until the whistle but it was so obvious Sheehey even paused for a half moment because he anticipated a whistle. He then hopped up and down making the travelling signal with his hands while trying to keep defending the inbound pass. This was a horrible non call and WS was right because the defender lost his right to move freely because the inbound attempt was not after a made basket. Good or bad, excuse or not but Indiana realistically is about 4 or 5 plays from being 7-2 in the conference and 19-2 overall. We have to make plays to win but we are not far off. Hopefully the guys take these losses as lessons to play a full 40 against every single team.

  • easybball

    Could not agree more, Darewell.  He does need to do this.  He needed to do it early in the second half with Wisc.

  • Plane1972

    Cody can give it as well as he takes it. I’ve seen him get purposefully tangled up going for loose balls and do some crafty stuff as he gets disentangled. Nothing dirty, but he’s smooth when he does it. Just watch the next time he goes to the floor.