Indiana Hoosiers Continue Terrific Season with Win over Penn State

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 8, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN - DECEMBER 28:  Tom Crean the Head Coach of the Indiana Hoosiers gives instructions to his team during the game against the Jacksonville Bulls at Assembly Hall on December 28, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Hoosiers won yet another game on Monday, defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions by a score of 74-51. 

This win puts the Hoosiers at 14-1 on the season, losing only to the Butler Bulldogs.  The game marks the 13th time this year that the Hoosiers have won by double figures.

Christian Watford was the team's leading scorer on Monday.  He had 16 points along with eight rebounds and two assists. Despite some tough games this year, Watford has continued to show that he is a capable scorer and good defender. 

Cody Zeller had another good game, continuing to try to prove that he is the best player in the country.  He had 15 points, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

Zeller is proving that he deserved to be preseason player of the year.  By averaging 16.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, as well as shooting 63 percent from the field, he is having a great year.  However, Zeller will need to score more if he expects to be the player of the year at the end of the season.

Jordan Hulls had another great game at the Bryce Jordan Center.  He had 14 points on the day, making 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the arc.

Hulls has a lot of success when playing at Penn State.  He has won the previous three meeting there, including a big performance last year, scoring 28 points on the road.

Victor Oladipo continues to have a terrific season.  He scored 10 points on the day, continuing his streak of 13 straight games with double figures in the scoring column.  He also had six rebounds and three assists on the night.

Oladipo is making a strong case to be an All-American this year.  He is averaging 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game.  His shooting has been incredible, making 67 percent of his shots.  His athleticism and aggressiveness have made him an unstoppable player on both sides of the ball.

The Hoosiers will prepare to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday.  The game will mark the first matchup for the Hoosiers against a team ranked in the top 10. 

The Hoosiers will need to play at their best in order to beat the Gophers on Saturday.  Luckily, many students will be returning to their first game since last semester, and Assembly Hall will be louder than ever.