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IU Writers Say the Darndest Things


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.

Article written by Tyler Montell

37 Comments for IU Writers Say the Darndest Things

  1. WOW
    12:29 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I didn’t realize we were playing against wilt chamberlain. We’re in trouble.

  2. bung
    12:37 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    we need to get better on the fast break

  3. KSR Spy
    12:37 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Are people stupid? Since when did “pushing the pace and forcing an up-tempo game” every HELP Kentucky’s opponent? Running fast works when you race donkeys, but when you start racing thoroughbreds you had better think of something else, because going fast isn’t going to work.

  4. kyrgaines
    12:39 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I’m starting to get the feeling that objects will be thrown on the court by halftime of this game.

  5. SexnNursinHomes
    12:40 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    What? cody zeller cured cancer???

  6. Dustin
    12:43 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Davis will manhandle Zeller, mark it down.

  7. Buford Pusser
    12:43 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    #4 That may be a real possibility, especially the direction our bench. I have been to two IU -UK games there back when the Unforgetables played there and will never go back. The most obnoxoius rude fans I have ever seen. and we wont even mention the home cookin officiating

  8. Wildcat_Crazy
    12:44 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    go check out CWN (Cordell’s Wildcat News) at:

  9. Musehobo
    12:51 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Can we PLEASE start calling him “The Gazeller”?

  10. Pete
    12:56 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Indiana resident here….hope the Cats beat the hooterville hoosiers so bad they set the program back to year 1 of the clappy the clown crean era. Shouldn’t be hard to do. These Loosiers are so overhyped by local media IU shills like dan the IU gomer jockitch that you would think they have actually hung a banner within the last 25 years, Nope, these hoosier fanbois weren’t even alive when IU last won a title. In the preseason IU has played Butler(suck) and North Carolina State(suck). Everyone else is division II or III caliber competition. The cats will shut down Zeller. Already seen it done this year. Clappy the Clown will panic as usual -watch for it, it’s funny- and the circus tent will collapse on a program that is dead and needs to be buried. Bring your Blue shovels Wildcat fans and throw dirt on this IU Loosier stench-ridden corpse, for the betterment of college basketball. Cats by 55.

  11. UKFanInCincy
    12:57 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I wish Coach Cal could have recruited better players so we could match up better with IU.

    Maybe next year guys..

  12. BlueCat
    12:57 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll say it right now, if Indiana tries to make this a fast break, up tempo game, UK will blow them out. They don’t have the athletes to run with the Cats’ athletes. I don’t care how fast the ga-Zeller is. He can’t out run Davis, guarenteed. Davis was in big brother’s head by the end of the UNC game and I have a feeling younger brother will experience the same thing by the end of this one. Davis is a freak of an athlete and I wouldn’t trade him for any or ALL of the Zeller boys.

  13. Me
    1:00 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    If UK fans were all over the internet saying things about opposing teams and coaches (like the iu fans), Cal would jump our azz. AND, the national media (espn) would be all over the story too. If iu fans do anything against our team, other than just cheer against us, they better be prepared for a wrath of hell to rain down on them like they could not imagine.

    I hope we spank their butts and leave them hoping to end the series.

  14. Al's IndiCats
    1:04 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    11, I laughed out loud on that one. I’ve watched parts of IU games especially with NCS I feel Davis will own the middle and unless there are some massive Homer calls, this one won’t even be close. CATS by 20!

  15. average fan
    1:04 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Cody “The Gazelle” Zeller killed Chuck Norris.

  16. lexslamman
    1:09 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, IU fans used to just be douchebags. When did they all become stupid? Did all basketball knowledge leave the state with Bob Knight?

  17. fishinfool
    1:10 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I am so thankful for these idiotic Hoosier fans. After the NC game I was worried about a let down. I’m soooo fired up for this game now. I hope we absolutely crush them.

  18. Ukalltheway
    1:18 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I cant believe that one fellow said they were not scared of any of our guys. We have had 3 straight no. 1 recruiting classes ad they have been recruiting butlers rejects. They have one nba player and automatically they can beat us. We have 6 nba players dumba****. It wont be an easy 1st half, but the second will be rude awakening when we blow them out. Stetson is a cologne that old cowboys where, not a team anywhere close to the no. 1 team in the country. Im super confused with the pompous confidence they have. I hope all of our guys see this and use it as motivation. I want the fans leaving to their combines with 5 mibutes to go…..

  19. ktmiln2
    1:23 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Cody Gazeller once ran so fast he went back in time and collided with the airplane piloted by Amelia Earhart.

  20. Caliparifan
    1:25 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Who has Indiana played? Noone. So I see how they can misguided into thinking they have a good team. They struggled against NC State. That is their measuring stick. Clearly everyone recognizes this. You’re undefeated and not in the top 25.

  21. Al's IndiCats
    1:41 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    After going back o yesterday’s pod cast My guess is that Jones is going to have to redo the moderation part of KSR at least according to Dakitch. It’ll read, Moderated by Drew Franklin Thomas Beisner, and that Dot Com guy!

  22. You have got to be serious
    1:41 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Cody Zeller could STEAL cable from India….

    Cody Zeller could STEAL a hundred virgin’s virginity without taking his pants off…..

    But Cody Zeller will not steal a game from the CATS!!!

  23. ktmiln2
    1:42 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Cody Gazeller runs faster than a cheetah on cocaine.

  24. Tom Coverdale's Toughness
    1:42 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    ..this IU team does NOT have it.

  25. Guck Foodman.
    1:42 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Zeller is going to be putting baby powder on his face at halftime to soothe the skin abrasions caused by having shots rejected into his nose repeatedly.

  26. IUWho?
    1:46 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Check out this gay a** video IU has posted on there website.You will have to watch like the first 20 seconds, but it starts when Tom Crean Starts talking.

  27. ashland cat
    1:48 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    According to IU fans this “Zeller” is already in the NBa HAll Of Fame….

  28. IUWho?
    1:51 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Check out this annoying a** video IU has posted on there website.You will have to watch like the first 20 seconds, but it starts when Tom Crean Starts talking.

  29. ashland cat
    1:52 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    #26, I am very undecided about my sexual orientation after watching that video….

  30. VIIChamps
    1:54 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Force turnovers: Davis leads the nation in blocked shots. Zeller schooled UT-Chat. Edge: UK
    Run the Floor: How many dunks and oops has Davis slammed as a result of him beating his man down the floor. Zeller has been compared to a gazelle. Edge: Davis
    Create opportunities: Davis and Wiltjer doubled the UNC Zeller into turnovers. Is Young Zeller’s vision that much better than bro’s with a weaker supporting cast ??? Edge Davis

    VII will take Davis in a landslide.

  31. Caliparifan
    2:01 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    So you’re saying if Tyler Zeller was on Indiana’s team he wouldn’t average more that Cody? If he were on IU’s team, Cody would be Marshall Plumlee.

  32. believeblue
    2:44 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    The only thing Cody has going for him is a better coach!!!

  33. Crash Davis
    2:46 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    He can do it all, for the team, by the team Is the team
    Well spoken
    Team player
    Only his humility is greater than his ability
    Would not go to North Carolina that would bench his brother

  34. BlueBloggin
    3:01 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I hope we get up by 20-25 and CAL keeps pushing it till we win by 35-40.

  35. Bob
    3:03 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Man, those Zellers are an ugly bunch.

  36. Nathan
    4:49 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Loving the comic sans.

  37. tubby knows
    8:19 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I hope the cats beat these chumps by 50 and cal gives the bird to these bobby knight loving losers.