Zeller struggles through second game

NEW CASTLE — He was hacked. He was shoved. He was pushed.

Warsaw, much like Center Grove and much like every other opponent Washington has faced this season, has chosen the “If you can’t beat him, beat him” philosophy with Cody Zeller during the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic consolation game.

It worked — Zeller was physically tired and most of shots fell short. He finished 4-of-17 from the field, scoring 13 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

He played with as much energy as he could muster and seemed to pick it up late when it was winning time, but it was not enough — Nic Moore’s jumper with three seconds remaining gave Warsaw a 46-44 win.

Its obvious the 6-foot-11, 22-pound Zeller needs to get stronger. But so much focus is paid to him at this level, where no one else has a 6-foot-11 center capable of going one-on-one with Zeller, that it has to be frustrating and exhausting for him.

By the way, Tim Buckley was back in attendance for this game.

Pease wants team to be “explosive.”

Like his new boss Kevin Wilson, Brent Pease understands that an offense has to fit the personnel that will be running it.

“We have to do things our line can block,” Pease said. “And we have to do things our quarterback can handle.”

But also like his new boss, Pease has been a part of offenses that could score and score quickly. He hopes he can do the same at Indiana.

“Fast tempo,” Pease said when asked what kind of offense he’d like to play. “We want to make big plays. We want to play explosive football. I like to be balanced between the run and the pass so everybody is part of the equation. I like to get a lot of guys involved. We want to build good depth as far as skill players.” (more…)

IU Confirms: Pease hired as offensive coordinator

Indiana just sent out a release confirming that Boise State assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Brent Pease has been hired as Kevin Wilson’s offensive coordinator. The release follows:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Head Football Coach Kevin Wilson announced Thursday that Brent Pease will join the Hoosier staff as
offensive coordinator. Pease, a former National Football League quarterback, will also coach the team’s quarterbacks.
A 20-year coaching veteran at five different schools, Pease spent the previous five seasons as Boise State’s wide receivers coach and the past
four campaigns as the Broncos’ assistant head coach. He has served 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator and has coached at his alma mater,
Montana (1991-98), as well as Northern Arizona (1999-00), Kentucky (2001-02) and Baylor (2003-05). (more…)

Report: Pease accepts offensive coordinator job’s Tom Dienhart (who pretty much owns this stuff) is reporting that Boise State assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Brent Pease has accepted the job as Indiana’s offensive coordinator.

Pease, who was previously the offensive coordinator at Baylor and Kentucky as well as Northern Arizona and Montana, reportedly visited Bloomington earlier this week.

Zeller puts up 24 and 11 in a loss

NEW CASTLE — Cody Zeller has seen just about every defense so far this season as opponents try to stop Washington’s big man from single-handedly leading the Hatchets to a win.

On Thursday morning in the first round of the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic, that meant a smaller Center Grove Trojan constantly jabbing him while also getting help whenever Zeller did get the ball.

“Its a little bit frustrating, but I’ve seen just about everything,” Zeller said. ” I am used to it.”

Zeller finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, but did not take a shot in the third quarter as Center Grove pulled away for  a 68-64 win.

Zeller and the Hatchets will play again at 6 p.m. against the loser of the Bloomington South-Warsaw game.

The 6-foot-11, 220-pound IU commit had 12 points and four rebounds in the first eight minutes, as Washington built a 26-17 lead. The Trojans came back and made it a two-point game at half, then took over in the third quarter.

“We came out hitting a lot of shots,” Zeller said. “We were moving really well. They switched defenses throughout the game. But we were just hitting shots in the first half.”

Tom Crean and Tim Buckley were both in attendance to watch Zeller.

Here’s Inside the Hall’s audio of the interview.

Tom Crean on Ohio State

Indiana coach Tom Crean is apparently out recruiting today. So we got a press release. His thoughts on the Ohio State game.

Ohio State plays with great efficiency on both ends of the floor.  Their team defense and movement of the ball on offense look to me me to be as good as any we have watched live or on film all year. Their inside-outside attack is unmatched thus far in the season.

They have anywhere from six players on up that will have the opportunity to play at the NBA level someday.  They will be a challenge for us for 40 minutes.

We have prepared mentally and physically to improve the last few days.  Our players have a mindset to improve and compete. Our willingness to carry that over for 40 minutes is our biggest challenge.

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