North Carolina vs Indiana: Is Cody Zeller Already Better Than Big Brother Tyler?

Trevor LowryContributor INovember 25, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers looks on against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The North Carolina Tar Heels and Indiana Hoosiers will have a very intriguing matchup this week at Assembly Hall, but instead of focusing on that game, let's focus on the Zellers. Cody Zeller is, of course, attending Indiana right now and Tyler played at North Carolina for four seasons. With that said, is Cody already better than big brother Tyler?

Well, Cody is averaging 15.2 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore, whereas Tyler only put up 9.3 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game. Tyler may have only averaged 17.4 minutes per game in his sophomore season, but even when he did average around 28 minutes per game he only scored around 16 points per contest, shooting 54.7 percent from the field in his junior year and 55.3 percent in his senior season.

Cody is shooting 62.8 percent from the field this season. Cody also takes fewer shots than Tyler took. In Tyler’s senior year, he averaged 10.5 shots per game; Cody is averaging 8.6 shots per game this year. 

Not to mention, Cody is the best player on the best team in all of college basketball and was a preseason favorite to win the Naismith Trophy. Cody is still on pace to possibly win that hardware. 

Big brother sure didn't achieve that in his second season with North Carolina. Tyler should’t feel too bad though, because when it is all said and done, if Cody stays in school for four years, he will likely go down as one of the best players to ever put on an Indiana uniform. That is saying a lot since the Hoosiers are a very storied basketball program. 

Cody is the No. 2 player on Chad Ford's Top 100 for the 2013 NBA draft. I don't ever remember Cody being rated that high, and that is because he never was. Tyler was drafted No. 17 overall in the 2012 NBA draft. 

Tyler did manage to win a national championship in 2009 with the Tar Heels. Indiana is certainly good enough to win a title this year, but they obviously have not yet. 

Cody is playing as well as Tyler did in his final season at North Carolina. Just imagine how good Cody can be if he stays with the Hoosiers as long as Tyler stayed with the Tar Heels.  

Talent-wise, Cody has certainly passed his brother up. Tyler may have a national championship, but that is the only thing he has over his little brother—that, and 10 pounds on the scale. 


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