Aaron Smith from the Kentucky Kernel sat down with a sports writer from The Indiana Daily and a writer Fort Wayne News-Sentinel to talk about Saturday’s match up in Bloomington. One writer tells the Kernel that IU will lose by 10-12 points, and the other believes that IU “has a chance.” However, a growing number of Hoosiers are candy-stripping this “Most Zeller” consolation prize:
2) UK just beat North Carolina and Tyler Zeller. How does Cody, who leads the team in points and rebounds, compare to his big brother? What’s his game like?
Avi Zaleon: Cody might be a better than his brother right now, if not, sophomore Cody will surpass Tyler next year. Cody, who has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three out of a four possible weeks, can do it all:
- Force turnovers – against Chattanooga he set a freshman record with six steals
- Run the floor – some have compared the 6-foot-11 center to a gazelle, as Zeller gives the Hoosiers a big man who runs the floor in transition, something that fits perfectly into their up-tempo style of play created from defense. This season, Zeller has created his own fast break
- Create opportunities – When Zeller is on the floor, defenses can either choose to double-team him or put him one-on-one in the post. If double-teamed, Zeller has the court vision to dish the ball to his teammates for an easier bucket either on the perimeter or down low. Three-point marksmen like Jordan Hulls have certainly appreciated this addition. Cody has yet to face a player of Anthony Davis’ caliber, though, with his stiffest competition thus far coming from NC State forwards DeShawn Painter and C.J. Lesile, who each scored 10 points.
However, the big thing Zeller – and the entire team – needs to improve on is rebounding. Zeller is a big, physical forward, but he struggles to consistently dominate the glass. Most recently, Zeller and his teammates failed to outrebound Stetson … yes, Stetson. According to ESPN, the Hoosiers rank 165th overall in rebounds per game – something that will have to improve.
Pete DiPrimio: Cody Zeller has the potential to be the best of the Zellers. He runs well, he’s gotten bigger and stronger in the last five months since arriving at IU, and he has strong post and perimeter skills. He’s smart and aware and deals with double teams very well. He’s far from a finished product, but he still makes other players better.
It’s a pretty good Thursday afternoon read so check it out. Go Cats.