Originally written on Inside the Hall  |  Last updated 11/8/12
No. 1 Indiana enters Friday’s opener against Bryant with a thin frontcourt as a result of an injury to Derek Elston and suspensions to Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin. But those setbacks haven’t put a damper on the team’s excitement to tip off the season. After earning preseason accolades, gracing magazine covers and having countless pieces written by the national media, the hype turns to reality following months of build up. “We’re definitely excited for it. It will be a different kind of test for us,” sophomore Cody Zeller said Thursday. “We haven’t played a game in so long, it seems like. It’s exciting for us to just get the season going after conditioning and practice, doing summer workouts and weight lifting – we’re finally to the day where we can kind of see where we’re at and get the season going.” Zeller and senior Christian Watford are the only scholarship players available for the first nine games who are taller than 6-9, which means IU could use some unconventional
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