BLOOMINGTON – Indiana sophomore forward Cody Zeller was under the weather, according to coach Tom Crean.
But Zeller still finished with 22 points and nine rebounds for the No. 1 Hoosiers in an 87-61 win against North Dakota State on Monday.
"There are probably other times where he doesn't feel well and I don't hear about it, but when he mentions that he's not feeling well to the doctors and trainers, he probably should have stayed at home in bed. He's just got that kind of toughness level," Crean said.
"And he didn't have a great defensive game and he knows that, but he was hard to deal with on the offensive end."
Zeller was 8 of 12 from the floor.
"He's unbelievable," North Dakota State coach Saul Phillips said. "We won't see anybody like him hopefully ever again."
Filling the stat sheet
Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo contributed in multiple ways.
He scored (7 points), rebounded (8) and found the open teammate (5 assists).
Indiana marked the 65th anniversary of the first men's basketball game involving an African-American player in the Big Ten with a ceremony honoring Bill Garrett. Garrett led Indiana in scoring and rebounding each year from 1949 to 1951. He was named an All-American in 1951. He died in 1974 at the age of 45 of a heart condition. IU presented a framed jersey with Garrett's number and a commemorative print to Garrett's children, grandchildren and other family members.
"You don't want to lose when you're honoring greatness," Crean said. "You don't want to lose ever. But I mean I think having the Garrett family here is like having the '87 championship team here last year. You don't want to do anything to spoil the night because you know the fans are going to respond in a great way."