Marlen Garcia of USA Today examines Zeller’s impact

  • 12/28/2011 12:02 pm in

USA Today: Zeller big reason for Indiana’s early success

Zeller leads the team in scoring with a 15.1-point average, rebounding (7.3) and steals with 25. His brother Tyler is a starting senior for North Carolina, averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds. His oldest brother, Luke, played at Notre Dame. All three were named Indiana Mr. Basketball in high school.

“Those guys have been through stuff,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said of Indiana’s hard times. “With the addition of (Zeller) inside, it kind of solidifies everything.”

As conference play opens, questions loom for Indiana, but they are the how-good-can-they-be variety.

The answer could come soon. Indiana’s first three league games are against ranked teams. Its game at Michigan State marks just the second time the Hoosiers have left their state. The Hoosiers will play second-ranked Ohio State on Saturday and No. 16 Michigan on Jan. 5. Those games will be played at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

Zeller sees himself as a complementary piece in Indiana’s offense. “I get a lot of credit, but the others are shooting incredibly from three,” he said.

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