Cody Zeller, Hoosiers Prove They Should Be No. 1 in Home Opener

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 9, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 9: Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates against the Bryant Bulldogs during the game at Assembly Hall on November 9, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Hoosiers had an easy time proving that they were the best team in the country tonight against the Bryant Bulldogs.  

The Hoosiers won in a blowout, 97-54.  The Hoosiers stayed aggressive the entire night, and the fans kept Assembly Hall loud for the entire game.

The Hoosier fans received some great news at the beginning of the game.  It was announced that head coach Tom Crean received a contract extension and will coach the Hoosiers through the 2020 season.  Crean received a standing ovation and appeared very excited for the future.

The Hoosiers put their foot on the gas early, getting off the a hot start.  They started the game on a 7-0 run and kept up the momentum for the entire game.  They game was over by the first half, with the Hoosiers going up by a score of 48-28.

Cody Zeller showed everyone that he has a big season ahead of him.  He was able to score 18 points, going an impressive 8-for-10 from the floor and grabbing 10 rebounds.  His physical play led to some big plays, including some impressive dunks over defending Bulldogs.

Yogi Ferrell had an eye-opening game for a lot of critics, making an early statement for Freshman of the Year.  Ferrell had 10 points, six assists, and five rebounds, playing a great all-around game and showing off his speed at both ends of the court.

The bench played a big part in the win, with impressive performances from Will Sheehey, Jeremy Hollowell, and Remy Abell.  They all reached double figures in points and were able to give the starters some well-deserved rests.  Abell went perfect from the field (including two three-pointers) and the free-throw line (6-for-6).  Sheehey went 3-for-4, including an impressive dunk.  Hollowell looked like an upperclassman, playing aggressive on offense and sticking to his man on defense.  

Maurice Creek received another standing ovation when subbing in, after receiving one during the scrimmage last week against Indiana Wesleyan.  He played well when in the game, going 2-for-3 from the three-point line and grabbing three rebounds.  The return of Creek gives the Hoosiers a big option off the bench.

The Hoosiers proved that their starters are incredibly talented and that their bench is very deep.  With all the talent on this roster, there is little doubt now that they are the top team in the nation.  If they can continue to play at this level, they have the potential to put up another championship banner in Assembly Hall.