Hoosiers handle North Dakota State, 87-61

Sophomore center Cody Zeller had 22 points and nine rebounds while sophomore guard Remy Abell and freshman swingman Jeremy Hollowell added 14 points each to lead Indiana to an 87-61 win over North Dakota State on Monday in front of 17,145 at Assembly Hall in the Legends Classic.

The Bison appeared bound and determined to slow the pace of the game, packing the middle and playing as physical as possible with Zeller to limit his touches. However, the Hoosiers caused 16 turnovers and scored 25 points off of them, using their defense to create a pace that was much more to their liking.

“A lot of teams try to slow it down,” Abell said. “For instance, a team like Wisconsin, they want to slow it down. It’s good that we can play both styles. If you want to run, we can run. If you want to slow it down, then we gotta hunker down on the defensive end. That’s when defense is important. It’s just as important when you want to run, but it’s definitely important when a team just wants to slow it down. You’ve gotta get those crucial stops.”

The Hoosiers also had success with a smaller lineup, which will be critical in the early going as they wait on the return of injured senior forward Derek Elston and suspended freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin. The Hoosiers at one point used a lineup made up almost entirely of wings with junior Will Sheehey as the power forward and the 6-8, 217-pound Hollowell playing center, but still had success.

“It didn’t become about match-ups as much as it just came about putting guys out there and saying let’s go because you know we may need to do the same thing next Monday and Tuesday,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “We may need to do the same thing against Ball State and North Carolina. It doesn’t make a difference because we’re not dealing with a stacked deck right now when you look at our front line so we’ve just got to go play and I thought they did a pretty good job with that.”

Senior guard Jordan Hulls knocked down three 3-pointers and had 11 points and four assists. Junior guard Victor Oladipo recorded seven points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.  North Dakota State big man Marshall Bjorklund had 16 points and guard Mike Felt had 11, but none of the other Bison scored in double digits and the Hoosiers held them to 41.1 percent shooting.

The Bison kept the pace choppy for most of the first half, but Indiana still shot 51.9 percent in the first period and led 42-29 at the break. North Dakota State cut the deficit to nine points early in the first half, but a 19-8 run put Indiana up by 20 points and they never led by fewer than 18 the rest of the way.

Abell was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-3 from the 3-point arc. He hasn’t missed a shot yet this season and has gone over double-digits in both games.

The outside shooting performance is a bit of a surprise. It wasn’t that he shot poorly from beyond the arc last season — his 3-point dagger against Purdue ranks as one of the most critical shots of the season — it was just that he didn’t shoot much. He was 6-for-15 from 3-point range of the season.

But this summer, that was one of his biggest points of emphasis, and the payoff for that has been immediate. Crean said Abell went home to Louisville instead of staying in Bloomington for the first summer session to work with one of his former coaches at Eastern High School and according to Crean “stayed in the gym all the time.” He already has one fewer 3-pointer than he hit all of last season.

“That was definitely something big for me,” Abell said. “I know I can get to the rim, but with my teammates and coaching staff, that really helped me work on my jump shot, getting extra shots, doing stuff like that. It’s definitely carried over through the game, trying to shoot with confidence, stay in my shot, do the fundamentals.”

Said sophomore center Cody Zeller: “He’s been doing that all summer. He isn’t surprising. He’s made a lot of improvements. He was big for us for a couple of games last year and he kind of carried it over into the summer.”

AUDIO: Remy Abell and Jeremy Hollowell

AUDIO: Cody Zeller

AUDIO: Tom Crean

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  • TsaoTsuG says:

    Mr. Abell, Mr. Hollowell…your table is set. Mr HarvardFHllbillies…would you like to see your wine list? Gentlemen, we have an exquisite, grass-fed filet… and may I recommend a Malbec, ca 2002…..

  • briansloanthemadscreener says:

    Remy Abell is a very good player, I screamed for him to come in several times last year for VJIII. The fact that he has worked hard over the off season to improve does not surprise me.

  • Steve S. says:

    Can see Yogi and Abell starting next year at the guard position, with Robinson coming in a lot!

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    Good for RA. When there is another kid from KY. we want Remy’s play at IU makes it possible for us to have a chance.

    TTG, When I buy steaks I damn sure do not want it to come from grass fed cattle.

  • B-town88 says:

    I think Remy should keep the wrist guard all year! Heck, have everyone on the team wear one. We better patent it so other teams don’t copy

  • Chet says:

    HC, I have to disagree. Perhaps if meat tenderness is your only criteria.

    It’s grass fed beef for me. Much healthier in Omega-3s, etc., plus I don’t feel like I’m eating an antibiotic and steroid laced lab experiment.

    Tastes better, IMHO, too. Leaner, so you might want to marinate.

    I buy my beef from a local farmer so I have a pretty good idea what I’m getting.

  • Geoff says:

    Chet, HC doesn’t have those options. We all know there are no cornfields or local farmers in Indiana…

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    Yes, good steak like I like you cut with a butter knife.

    I take 3600 mg’s Omega-3’s a day whether I need it or not. I’ve never ever tasted a lab experiment so I would not know.

    I can tell the difference between grain fed and grass fed as easily as I can taste the difference between Coke and Pepsi. Marinate a good steak, your joking, correct. The simple fact it needs marinade says everything.

    I buy quarters or halves from a friend who is in the livestock business and assorted cuts from another friend who owns a small custom slaughterhouse. All grain fed(hogs, beef, chickens even turkeys)just as my whole family(all farmers)did it. Hell I even feed my bluegill grain pellets. We also only use real butter, whole milk, make homemade ice cream and often fry in lard. My roots are agrarian and enjoy that life.

  • Geoff says:

    WHAT!? There are farmers in Indiana? Next you’re going to tell me the state is famous for its popping corn…

  • Chet says:

    I’m sure it’s great. That stuff in the stores just has too many hormones and antibiotics for me. I also prefer the taste of grass fed

  • Geoff says:

    Didn’t want ths to get lost on an old thread, so I’m posting it again…

    Really good article… And great news for Hoosier fans! Highly recommended read:


  • TsaoTsuG says:

    HC, you don’t know what you are missing.

  • Podunker says:

    These pre-conference games are a great opportunity for Crean to develop his depth. I was not surprised to see Hollowell and Abell have good games. I think their development and growing confidence through December will be essential, given the absence of their three teammates. It looks like Crean has built a “machine” and is in the process of making sure all the key parts are well lubricated. This is going to be a fun year.

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    HC, Chet…grew up in the Pampas of Argentina. Was taught to walk to the grill (the meat grilled vertically around a wood fire in the middle), knife in one hand, piece of bread in the other; slide a piece from the meat on the grill, take a bit, a bite of the bread… If God made anything better than that, he kept it for himself.

    Marinate?!!? That’s a sin, God gets mad when you marinate meat. Thick salt…always the bone towards the fire first. As it heats up in cooks the meat from the inside, then just a touch to crust the outside naturally. The Gaucho way!

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    I agree with Clarion…Marbling. Best steak I ever sunk my teeth into was from Great Falls, Montana…Ernie’s Steak House. Succulent…Charbroiled to the point of a crusty black..Thick..Cut like firm butter with flavor bursting out every medium-rare tender morsel. I’ll never forget it. I was a mere twelve-years-old and the memory is seared with the flames fired onto my taste buds longing. Haven’t had a better steak since.

    I must one day get back to Montana. Glaciers, big beautiful sky..and steaks.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Gift for Clarion.

  • Larry says:

    We’re still off n running. Major controversy in Boiler land, lol! Sports administration wants fans & Paint Crew to no longer chant IU SUCKS!! Paint Crew refuses. Purdue then loses to Bucknell hahahasha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chet says:

    I have to admit, the best steaks I’ve ever tasted came from west of the Mississippi. Had one in Sundance, Wyoming that was simply amazing last summer. Grain fed black angus.

    Can’t go with the salt thing. That’s for preserving meat, not preparing it. I’ll leave that up to Captain Cook and his crew of impressed sailors.

    TTG, as you well know, down in Argentina we had a knife in one hand, bread in the other, AND a bowl of chimichurri to dunk the steak and the bread.

  • Podunker says:

    IU winning basketball games has become so common, and the victories so complete, that we now use the Hoosier Scoop to share opinions about the best type of beef and recipes on the best ways to cook it. Wow, IU basketball has arrived!

    Hey, after the victory over Sam Houston, let’s all share our favorite recipes for baby back ribs. Mine is an old family recipe and it is simply outstanding.

  • Chet says:

    Isn’t that great?

  • Geoff says:

    Anyone else here think UK is gonna get pounded tonight?

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    I definitely due. Just heard while listening to the telecast what to me is a revealing fact about this years pUKe team. In their 1st game last year their Frosh combined for 64 points, in their 1st game this year these Frosh combined for 36. Big differential. Even after going through the whole season this year I find it hard to believe they can score 64 in a game near the end of the season.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    I’m picking UK.

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    Chet, you are absolutely right!!! How could I forget chimichurri…it is the….the ahhh…the Etherington of asados…thank you for reminding me of the heart and the soul of the asado…without it the slab of meat gets up off the stakes and just walks off.

    You friend, have earned your right to my grandfather Manuel’s (remember I’m 71, so I’m talking easily pre-1920) double top secret, ‘classified’, held only by blood legacy, chimichurri recipe.(It’s really what the Brits are after in the Malvinas).

    Let me know…

    A truly admirable Gaucho, you are!!!

  • Geoff says:

    Well that was closer than I thought it would be, but Duke did some stupid stuff. Too many unforced turnovers… Shoulda beat UK by 15

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