Notre Dame went ahead of the Hoosiers 15-6 after Eric Atkins’ reverse layup with 14:33 to go in the first half.
In the past three years, that might have signaled the beginning of the end for Indiana. Without enough consistently reliable scorers, the Hoosiers rarely came back from such a deficit.
But those teams didn’t have Cody Zeller.
The 6-11 freshman sensation kept the Hoosiers (10-0) in the game long enough for his teammates to find their offensive rhythm, and then carried them their tenth consecutive win to start the season.
In one of the Hoosiers’ worst shooting games of the season, Zeller came up with one of his best – and most important – performances.
“It was very important to get Cody established from the beginning,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean. “It’s living proof that you can go to him, and you can go through him. He did numerous things with the ball.”
IU’s freshman big man finished with 21 points – two off his career-high – and eight rebounds. His teammates fed him in t