Cody Zeller and Christian Watford gladly welcomed Bryant into the world of big-time college basketball Friday night.
It was ugly.
The 7-foot center and 6-9 forward combined for 33 points and 25 rebounds, overwhelming an undersized foe and leading No.1 Indiana to a 97-54 season-opening victory.
''One of the things is they had a huge size advantage and they have the best player in the country, I think he was 8 of 10 tonight,'' Bryant coach Tim O'Shea said. ''Our two big guys, they both fouled out. So it was very difficult guarding him. We're not going to play against another Cody Zeller the rest of the year.''
For the Hoosiers (1-0), it was a special night as they won their 15th consecutive season opener and 28th straight home opener.
The sold-out crowd watched Zeller start his sophomore season as expected, scoring 18 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and making 8 of 10 field goals. The only blip was an unusual 2-of-6 performance from the free-throw line.
Fans saw Watford, the buzzer...