No. 1 Indiana handles Bryant in opener

Cody Zeller scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Christian Watford added 15 points and 14 boards as they teamed up to lead No. 1 Indiana to a 97-54 victory over Bryant on Friday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Indiana (1-0) hit 56 percent of its field goals (30-of-54). Indiana was on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 38 percent (8-of-21). The Hoosiers went 29-of-34 from the charity stripe as a team (85 percent). Indiana was tough on the offensive boards, grabbing ten.

Zeller helped lead the Hoosiers to victory, with 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Indiana also got double-digit performances from Will Sheehey, who scored 10 and Remy Abell, who scored 12.

Alex Francis scored 15 points, corralled eight rebounds, and had three assists for Bryant (0-1) in the game. Corey Maynard was 4-of-7 from the floor and chipped in 11 points for the Bulldogs. Bryant struggled from the floor, shooting 32 percent (20-of-62). The Bulldogs also got a double-digit contribution from Frankie Dobbs, who scored 12.

The Hoosiers won the rebounding battle en route to victory, pulling down 45 boards to 26 for Bryant.

[ Indiana vs. Bryant: BOX | RECAP | SCOREBOARD ]

Halftime: Indiana has a 48-28 lead over Bryant thanks to a hot-shooting offense. Hoosiers shot shot 56 percent in the first 20 minutes.

No. 1 Indiana led 41-28 before the Hoosiers went on a 7-0 run to close the half.

An aggressive offense and the ability to get to the charity stripe allowed Indiana to take a halftime lead. The Hoosiers went 15-for-19 on free throws in the first half.

The game was tied before the Bulldogs went into a funk, going the next 2:26 without scoring, and allowing Indiana to take a 7-0 lead early in the game.

The Hoosiers have been effective inside, making 12-of-17 two-point field goals, but Indiana has struggled on the perimeter, shooting 3-for-10 from three-point range. After already giving up seven offensive rebounds to the Hoosiers, Bryant will have to keep Indiana off the boards in the second half. Seven Indiana players scored in the half.

The Bulldogs shared the ball, finishing with six assists on 10 field goals in the first half.

Cody Zeller is putting together a nice game so far for the Hoosiers. The sophomore has 12 points and five rebounds. Alex Francis led the way for Bryant in the first half, with seven points and five rebounds.

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Below is an archive of our in-game live blog.

BTN.com staff November 9, 201210:22 am

Before we get started, here’s a video with BTN analyst Jim Jackson talking to our “#BTNLive” crew on Tuesday about the upcoming season.

BTN.com staff November 9, 20122:09 pm

And in case you missed it, we posted various highlights from most of the Big Ten men’s exhibition games over he past two weeks. Here’s Victor Oladipo from Indiana’s most recent exhibition game.

BTN.com staff November 9, 20123:12 pm

Here’s a preview of tonight’s game at IUHoosiers.com. And then check out this tweet…

BTN.com staff November 9, 20123:26 pm

“It could be a really special year and everybody is anxious to start seeing what this team is capable of,” junior guard Victor Oladipo said. “It’s the stuff you dream about, trying to chase this one goal that everyone is trying to chase.” Read the full preview

8:00 PM ET, BTN
Preview
Leaders Bryant Indiana
Points A. Francis 17.0 C. Zeller 15.6
Rebounds A. Francis 7.4 C. Zeller 6.6
Assists F. Dobbs 4.6 J. Hulls 3.3
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This is from IUHoosiers.com: Senior Christian Watford and sophomore Cody Zeller talk about the team’s regular-season opener vs. Bryant.

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Indiana just announced to the crowd at Assembly Hall that the school signed Tom Crean to an extension through 2020.

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Indiana’s Christian Watford is wearing Derek Elston’s jersey because Elston is hurt and can’t start his senior season. Watford said he wanted to honor him.

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We support you.

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Indiana has a 48-28 lead over Bryant thanks to a hot-shooting offense. Hoosiers shot shot 56 percent in the first 20 minutes. No. 1 Indiana led 41-28 before the Hoosiers went on a 7-0 run to close the half.

An aggressive offense and the ability to get to the charity stripe allowed Indiana to take a halftime lead. The Hoosiers went 15-for-19 on free throws in the first half.

The game was tied before the Bulldogs went into a funk, going the next 2:26 without scoring, and allowing Indiana to take a 7-0 lead early in the game.

The Hoosiers have been effective inside, making 12-of-17 two-point field goals, but Indiana has struggled on the perimeter, shooting 3-for-10 from three-point range. After already giving up seven offensive rebounds to the Hoosiers, Bryant will have to keep Indiana off the boards in the second half. Seven Indiana players scored in the half.

The Bulldogs shared the ball, finishing with six assists on 10 field goals in the first half.

Cody Zeller is putting together a nice game so far for the Hoosiers. The sophomore has 12 points and five rebounds. Alex Francis led the way for Bryant in the first half, with seven points and five rebounds.

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Three minutes to go before the second half starts.

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Indiana Hoosiers guard Remy Abell (23) takes a shot against Bryant Bulldogs forward Clayborn McMath (44) at Assembly Hall. Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

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Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) dunks against the Bryant Bulldogs at Assembly Hall. Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

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Indiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform a cheer during a game against the Bryant Bulldogs at Assembly Hall. Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

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Here’s a cool shot from before the game:


Indiana Hoosiers players huddle up during player introductions before playing against the Bryant Bulldogs at Assembly Hall. Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

BTN.com staff November 9, 201210:05 pm

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Chris Kapp on 11/9/2012 @ 3:45pm EDT Said:

I am curious as to why with all the openers going tonight, that none of the games are on the auxillary BTN channels that show football games when there is overlap? It seems like a pretty shameful money grab to require Purdue and other fans across the conference to pay for a subscription to something they will use twice.

    BTN.com staff on 11/9/2012 @ 4:10pm EDT Said:

    Chris, that question pops up from time to time. If you want more details after this, feel free to use our Customer Service page. The CS team reads everything and can sometimes answer things with a little more detail. We just run the editorial potion of BTN.com here, but I thought I’d try to answer this.

    The Extra Football Game Channels are only available to the Big Ten Network during the 13 football Saturdays of the season (we don’t control access to them; there is no BTN2 or BTN3, as you’re probably aware). The non-conference basketball season overlaps so frequently with other sporting events that BTN is not provided access to utilize the additional channels. During the conference portion of the Big Ten basketball season, the Big Ten schedules games in such a way where there is no overlap. Consequently, there is no need for Extra Football Game Channels during the conference schedule. If you need it, there’s more about this from a football standpoint on our FAQ.

Chris Kapp on 11/9/2012 @ 5:20pm EDT Said:

Then why not on btn2go?

    BTN.com staff on 11/9/2012 @ 5:33pm EDT Said:

    BTN2Go is the linear TV BTN network online. If a game/event is on TV, it’s on there. If you need more, we encourage you to ask our Customer Service team.

Bryce Fathauer on 11/9/2012 @ 8:21pm EDT Said:

So I pay to BTN to watch Hoosier games, but the number 1 team in the nation is not on the list of games being streamed live today? What am I even paying for? I would subscribe to the BTN2Go, but there’s not way to pay for it. And no, my cable company isn’t on the list… I need some answers.

    BTN.com staff on 11/9/2012 @ 8:50pm EDT Said:

    Bryce, the game is on live TV. It is also streamed on BTN2Go.

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