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Indiana brushes off North Dakota State

Nov 12, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

North Dakota State v Indiana Getty Images

The No. 1 team stays the No. 1 team in the land, at least they did their part to keep it that way.

Indiana got 22 points and nine rebounds from national player of the year candidate Cody Zeller and went to  2-0 on the season with an 87-61 victory over North Dakota State in Assembly Hall.

Three other players finished in double-figures for the Hoosiers, including two bench players in Remy Abell and Jeremy Hollowell with 14 each. Indiana never led by less than 10 in the second half.

Marshall Bjorklund led the Bison with 16.

It’s another day at the office for the Hoosiers and Zeller, who overpowered the overmatched Bison and never really were threatened. Tom Crean and team have so far lived up the the well-deserved hype and if Hollowell and Abell keep up with the steady bench play — both had 12 each in Indiana’s season-opening win over Bryant — there’s no reason this team can’t be the team everyone thinks they can be.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

  1. mattfoley04 - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    “87-61 victory over North Dakota State in Memorial Coliseum”

    How can you be a college basketball writer and not know Indiana plays at Assembly Hall.

    • David Harten - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      Good Lord. I did screw that up. I knew that, not sure what I was thinking. Sorry about that. Thanks. Considering that I grew up in the region, that’s embarrassing.

  2. imforbigblue - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Let’s us know when IU grows a set and beats a real team smh

    • dexterismyhero - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      @imforbigblueandIblowcoachCal: Do you live in Melvin Turpin’s basement?

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      “Let’s us know when IU grows a set and beats a real team smh”

      Said the guy who’s pansy ass Mafia Don of a coach refuses to continue to play IU.
      Said the guy who’s cowardly Mafia Don of a coach refused to play in Bloomington.
      Nope…afraid of that buzz saw.

      Neutral site (Indy and Louisville) = okay
      Home and Home (Bloomington and Lexington) = He’s scared

      Grow a pair!

  3. creek0512 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Too bad the BTN screwed all the IU fans and no one could watch it.

  4. creek0512 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    bigblue talks a lot for a team that was scared to play IU

    • gosport474 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      Yes and that game would have been on UK’s home floor at corRuppt Arena.

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