Cody Zeller scored 16 points as No. 1 Indiana rebounded from a slow start to rout Nebraska 76-47 Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.
Senior Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Hoosiers, who have won seven of their last eight games. The win pulled Indiana (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) into a first-place tie with Michigan State atop the conference.
The Cornhuskers slowed the game down in the first half, frustrating the Hoosiers. Dylan Talley scored 10 of his 16 points in the opening half to lead Nebraska.
"We wanted to play our style of basketball. We felt like we was letting them kind of lure us in a little bit in the first half and we definitely wanted to get out in the second half and, you know, get running the basketball and shooting the basketball," said Watford.
"It's funny, because there's a direct correlation between when we're playing well on defense and how well we're playing on offense. If teams are getting easy baskets, you know, you get the ball out and you can't run as well and what not. If we get stops, we're going to score on the other end," said junior Will Sheehey.
The Hoosiers took the game over after Zeller left with his second foul of the first half. Down 14-11, Indiana went on a 10-0 run with Zeller out of the game. A 6-0 run to end the first half and another to open the second put the game all but out of reach for the Cornhuskers, who never got closer than 11 points in the second half.
"We're not trying to set records, we're trying to win a national championship. There's certain things that we'd really like to do defensively and offensively. I don't know if they'll be records, but they'll be things that could really make us better. But at the end of the day, if you want to win big, you've got to be able to play a lot of different ways," said head coach Tom Crean.
The Hoosiers host rival Purdue Saturday at 2 pm. Indiana beat the Boilermakers 97-60 last month in West Lafayette.