BLOOMINGTON- Cody Zeller’s pre-season hype as the best player in the country was justified on a Saturday night to remember.
The forward led the Hoosiers in scoring with 19 points as they knocked off No. 1 Michigan at Assembly Hall 81-73.
It marks the second time in 14 months that Indiana has beaten a No. 1 team in Bloomington and moves the Hoosiers into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
“Very proud our guys and the way that they are maturing. It’s one thing to be at home but our guys knew that there was a lot of hoopla and hype surrounding this too,” said Head Coach Tom Crean.
Victor Oladipo added 15 points while Yogi Ferrell and Christian Watford each added 14 points.
Indiana raced out to an early double digit lead but had it cut to four at halftime.
Michigan would rally all the way back to tie the game at 40 but the Hoosiers had an answer. Led by Zeller, the Hoosiers went on an 11-0 run to retake the lead which they would hold on to the rest of the game.
“We played solid. We came together when things were getting tight and the big fellow (Cody Zeller) doing his thing and Christian (Watford) having a double double today. Without everybody we couldn’t win,” said Oladipo.
The rankings are released on Monday and if all goes as predicted the Hoosiers will once again claim the top spot in the country. They were ranked #1 to start off the season but fell down the polls after a loss to Butler. The Hoosiers are in action again on Thursday when they travel to Illinois.