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Cody Zeller is one of the most dominant post players in college basketball.
If the Michigan Wolverines are going to walk out of Assembly Hall with a victory, big men Mitch McGary, Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford need to establish a physical presence in the paint and make preseason All-American power forward Cody Zeller work for everything.
Although Zeller has just 11 points on 2-of-11 shooting in Indiana's recent tilts with the Penn State Nittany Lions and Michigan State Spartans, the 7'0", 240-pounder still has the ability to dominate in the post.
The sophomore big man bounced back in Indiana's 97-60 rout of the Purdue Boilermakers on Wednesday, though, and scored 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
Even though Zeller's scoring has been down as of late, the Washington, Ind. product has still been a force on the glass. Zeller is averaging 8.1 rebounds per game.
McGary, a true freshman who has made great strides forward in all facets of his game since the beginning of the season, will be tasked with limiting Zeller's impact.
Horford turned in an impressive 17 minutes of action against the Illinois Fighting Illini, but Zeller and the Hoosiers will provide the redshirt sophomore with his toughest test yet.
At the moment, Morgan's status is up in the air as a result of an ankle injury, which does not bode well for Michigan. If Morgan is unable to go on Saturday, the Wolverines will have to play McGary and Horford much longer than usual.
Redshirt freshman Max Bielfeldt will also be on the floor more often than ever before if Morgan is ruled out.
Long story short, Michigan's young frontcourt will have a hard time handling Zeller, but as long as the Wolverines are able to make him work on every trip down the floor, they will have a chance to steal one from Indiana.