Zeller, No. 1 Indiana blow away North Dakota State

Cody Zeller scored 22 points and Remy Abell added a career-high 14 to lead No. 1 Indiana past pesky North Dakota State 87-61 on Monday night. This was no typical game for the Hoosiers (2-0), whose offense struggled to get in sync against the foul-prone Bison (1-1). It all seemed to be part of North Dakota State’s plan.

Rather than allowing Indiana to run its up-tempo, inside-out offense, the Bison slowed things down by challenging shots and repeatedly sending Indiana to the free-throw line. And with Indiana’s outside shooters struggling in the first half, the game plan worked.

Everything changed early in the second half after the Bison closed to 48-38. Zeller and Abell combined for 15 points in a 23-13 run, finally turning the contest into a rout.

North Dakota State was led by Marshall Bjorklund with 16 points and Mike Felt with 11.

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Jeremy Hollowell And-1:

Victor Oladipo finds Cody Zeller for the poke:

Cody Zeller dunks in transition:

Cody Zeller runs floor, slams it home:

Cody Zeller dunks:

Jordan Hulls drains long 3:

FINAL: Cody Zeller scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Remy Abell and Jeremy Hollowell both added 14 points to lead No. 1 Indiana to an 87-61 victory over North Dakota State on Monday at Assembly Hall.

Indiana (2-0) shot 48 percent from the field (28-of-58). The Hoosiers shot 9-of-24 from three-point range during the game, good for 38 percent. Indiana shot 22-of-29 from the free throw line. The Hoosiers were tough on the offensive boards, grabbing 12.

Zeller boosted Indiana, with 8-of-12 shooting from the field.

The Hoosiers also got double-digit games from Jordan Hulls, who scored 11 and Jeremy Hollowell, who scored 14.

Marshall Bjorklund contributed 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for North Dakota State (1-1) in the loss. The Bison shot 8-of-20 from three-point range during the game, good for 40 percent. North Dakota State had 14 assists on 23 baskets. The Bison also got a solid contribution from Mike Felt, who scored 11.

Winning the battle on the boards was crucial for Indiana as it grabbed 38 rebounds to 25 for North Dakota State. The Hoosiers never trailed in the game. Indiana’s largest lead was 29, which came with 1:28 to go.

HALFTIME: Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo have teamed up to give No. 1 Indiana a 42-30 lead over North Dakota State at halftime.

Zeller scored 14 points, grabbed three rebounds, and shot 4-of-5 from the field. Oladipo scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds, had three assists, and hit three of his five shots.

The Hoosiers dominated on the glass in the first half, outrebounding the Bison 18-12. An aggressive offense and the ability to get to the charity stripe allowed Indiana to take a halftime lead. The Hoosiers went 10-for-13 on free throws in the first half.

Indiana, which had eight players score, led from the start and led by as many as 15 points.

North Dakota State shared the ball, finishing with six assists on 10 field goals in the first half. Taylor Braun led the way for the Bison in the first half, with five points and four rebounds.

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Andersons on 11/12/2012 @ 7:14pm EDT Said:

Why isn’t the game televised?

Deb on 11/12/2012 @ 7:30pm EDT Said:

Can’t believe there is a Big Ten football program on TV and not this LIVE game

tom on 11/12/2012 @ 7:32pm EDT Said:

all those big 10 channels and the number 1 team isnt televised? Thanks bt

Bubba (@Aschick41) on 11/12/2012 @ 7:36pm EDT Said:

@Andersons: Because we IU fans will pay for it.

Ben on 11/12/2012 @ 7:36pm EDT Said:

Live updates? Woohoo!!! Thank you B10 network! You shouldn’t have!

Jay S. Porter on 11/12/2012 @ 7:37pm EDT Said:

Live updates? The #1 team in the country gets live updates? Thanks…NOT!

Very disappointing.

nancy lauderbaugh madison,in on 11/12/2012 @ 7:41pm EDT Said:

why is the indiana game not telivised the no.1 team in the nation and your not showing their games we will drop big 10 channel only reason we took it is to watch indiana

Danadom on 11/12/2012 @ 7:45pm EDT Said:

Stunning. Stunning, that the #1 team in America is not televised, but central Michigan is on tv! Really??

    nancy lauderbaugh madison,in on 11/12/2012 @ 7:52pm EDT Said:

    we dont want live updates we want to watch the game thats why we ordered btn if we cant watch indiana we dont need it

peyton on 11/12/2012 @ 7:57pm EDT Said:

Really wish this game was televised! Oh well, we’ll smoke the other team either way! #HoosierNation

    nancy lauderbaugh madison,in on 11/12/2012 @ 8:03pm EDT Said:

    this is a bunch of bs we can get the highlights off the news or paper we want the game on

elmer fud on 11/12/2012 @ 8:00pm EDT Said:

Thank GOD for Don Fisher, He’s a Real IU fan.

Jonathan Spaulding on 11/12/2012 @ 8:06pm EDT Said:

CANNOT believe the Hoosier game isn’t televised!

Myra on 11/12/2012 @ 8:07pm EDT Said:

There are a lot of games on the Big Ten Nework this season, it’s just early in the season. ESPN will carry the game on 11/20 in NY where they play either UCLA or G’town!!

seth on 11/12/2012 @ 8:09pm EDT Said:

I sure do miss the good old Channel 4 IU games

David L on 11/12/2012 @ 8:12pm EDT Said:

And now they’re deleting comments from rightfully angry customers who are already paying for their content and now being asked to pay again. Thumbs down, BTN, thumbs down.

seth on 11/12/2012 @ 8:14pm EDT Said:

C’mon Central Michigan !

Brandon Murphy on 11/12/2012 @ 8:15pm EDT Said:

I live in Florida and paid for BTN and this is what I get? I checked the remaining schedule and this is the only time BTN.com carries the game, but that is one game too many.

Doug on 11/12/2012 @ 8:17pm EDT Said:

yep i’ve had several posts deleted, most because I have Michigan in my posts, guess they don’t like that here

Chris on 11/12/2012 @ 8:20pm EDT Said:

Why does I.U. website show the game as scheduled for t.v. Tonight and it’s not? And thanks for deleting previous comments

Annie on 11/12/2012 @ 8:20pm EDT Said:

Channel 4, where are you?? We used to get all of the games – this is terrible!!!

Harold Lockyear on 11/12/2012 @ 8:21pm EDT Said:

Typical of BTN when IU was down we had to watch the same old team every time they had a broacast now that IU is doing well they put some other podunk teams on. Great Job BTN !
only wish I could cancel you and save some money, but you came with the package!

Robin on 11/12/2012 @ 8:23pm EDT Said:

Im also very disappointed!! I being forced to watch Central Michigan vs Iowa when #1 Indiana is playing and out ranks them both!! Why even have the Big Ten Network when you wont show games of the #1 IU???

edward thiery on 11/12/2012 @ 8:25pm EDT Said:

radio and don fisher are better anyway. go hoosiers!!!!

shane on 11/12/2012 @ 8:26pm EDT Said:

is there a reason why IU isnt televised

seth on 11/12/2012 @ 8:27pm EDT Said:

Cody Zellar is still in the same place since the last time I checked

L.S. on 11/12/2012 @ 8:28pm EDT Said:

I had my post deleted to and all I said was I pay enough and shouldn’t have to pay more and that they need to utilize all of their channels. What happened to freedom of speech? No foul language or anything.

Tim McAlpin on 11/12/2012 @ 8:36pm EDT Said:

You have got to be kidding! I live in Illinois but got btw to watch indiana. The Big Ten network should be PROUD a big ten team is #1 in the country. VERY DISAPPOINTING!

caro on 11/12/2012 @ 8:37pm EDT Said:

talked with my son in north Carolina,he cannot believe all IU games are not televised. Big mistake by the big ten network.

eddie crabb on 11/12/2012 @ 8:38pm EDT Said:

i agree totally,, why am i payin for btn,, iu is #1 … every game should be on !!!!! period!! bring back ch 4 games!!! and chuck marlow!!!! boooo btn!!!!

ImLanman on 11/12/2012 @ 8:39pm EDT Said:

IU is ranked #1 and that fact alone should supercede all other decisions. If Iowa were ranked #1, I would understand if the IU game got bumped.

There was no “decision” or fairness aspect to this – there are 5 open BTN channels on DTV right now. If you have streaming capability (for an outrageous charge), you could easily broadcast the game on one of yours by UNUSED channels. BTN and the excuses are a complete farse.

Since BTN is deleting negative posts, I have taken the cause to Facebook and Twitter – lots of responses.

Ken on 11/12/2012 @ 8:39pm EDT Said:

I agree the only reason I pay each month through out the year is to watch IU Basketball games. The BTN’s decesion to move these games to the internet would seem to indicate there is no reason to pay extra for my television package if the BTN does not hold up it’s end of the deal.

Phillip McKrevis on 11/12/2012 @ 8:42pm EDT Said:

They are deleting negative posts! My buddy just called and said they are deleting his posts (with no vulgar language).

likeahurricane85 on 11/12/2012 @ 8:43pm EDT Said:

I am glad I pay 8$ a month to not be ale to watch the Hoosiers when its the only reason I got the channel. Rip off.

    Walter Nixon on 11/12/2012 @ 9:17pm EDT Said:

    I got BTN on comcast and have to watch rerun football, then Iowa basketball. What happened to #1 HOOSIERS That is 2 IU games in a row that was to be on btn that I have not been able to watch. I want my money back!

Jon Hutslar on 11/12/2012 @ 8:46pm EDT Said:

Y isnt it onTV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eddie crabb on 11/12/2012 @ 8:54pm EDT Said:

I agree TOTALLY with L.S. — That comment is for sure spot on!! thank you L.S.!!

Gary Loftn on 11/12/2012 @ 9:03pm EDT Said:

Very disapointing. Money grab. I’ll listen on the radio. Thank You.

Mike on 11/12/2012 @ 9:10pm EDT Said:

They did not post my previous comment. This is a shame that the BTN could not find a way to televise this game.

Dawn Keibals on 11/12/2012 @ 9:10pm EDT Said:

Would have loved to have seen it! BTN, take a note from app stores and developers and change a dollar and get thousands of viewers vs $14.95 for just a few…

Jim Beeler on 11/12/2012 @ 9:51pm EDT Said:

BTN, please find a way to televise IU basketball games when they are not on regular TV.

Dylan on 11/12/2012 @ 9:57pm EDT Said:

I can’t believe there isnt even a replay of the game on later??? nothing?? albany at ohio state? Northwestern vs. michigan in football? I dont get it.

    BTN.com staff on 11/12/2012 @ 10:11pm EDT Said:

    There is. This game will air on BTN at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Kathy on 11/12/2012 @ 11:06pm EDT Said:

Tuesday??? We already know who won….It should have been shown tonight..Live!!!!

Don on 11/15/2012 @ 12:21am EDT Said:

Shame on you, Big Ten. Mickey Mouse…