Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/31/12
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Life has been easy for Indiana since it was handed its first loss two weeks ago. That could change Monday as it opens play in the conference that many consider to be the best in the country. In their first true road contest of the season, the fifth-ranked Hoosiers begin their Big Ten schedule at Iowa on New Year's Eve. Indiana (12-1) has lost in its last four trips to Iowa City, but has won three straight games by 34 points or more since an 88-86 overtime loss to Butler on Dec. 15. With leading scorer Cody Zeller limited due to foul trouble in Friday's game against Jacksonville, the Hoosiers turned to Jordan Hulls, who scored 17 of a season-high 20 points in the first half of a 93-59 victory. Hulls, who averages 11.8 points, went 6 of 9 from 3-point range. "I've been pretty passive and they've been telling me to shoot more," said Hulls, one of the nation's top 3-point shooters at 54.5 percent. "Growing up I was always a pass-first guy, but I felt good today and I felt good all t...
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