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Indiana big man leads preseason All-Americans

Seven-foot sophomore center Cody Zeller is the focal point of a Hoosiers squad that is ranked No.  1 in the preseason AP poll.

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Seven-foot sophomore center Cody Zeller is the focal point of a Hoosiers squad that is ranked No.  1 in the preseason AP poll.

The biggest man on the Associated Press' preseason All-America team got the most votes.

Seven-foot sophomore center Cody Zeller, the main reason Indiana is the preseason No. 1 for the first time in 33 years, was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection.

Zeller, who averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent from the field as a freshman, received 64 votes from the national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

Also on the team announced Monday were junior forwards Doug McDermott of Creighton and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State and three guards, seniors Isaiah Canaan of Murray State and C.J. McCollum of Lehigh and sophomore Trey Burke of Michigan.

McDermott was named on 62 ballots, Canaan on 43 and Thomas 26. McCollum and Burke tied for the fifth spot with 16 votes each.

Zeller is one of five starters back for the Hoosiers. Add a top-flight recruiting class, and there are a lot expectations for the No. 1 team.

"I don't know that we've really set any goals as a team, but obviously, we want to win a national championship," Zeller said. "We're not going to guarantee anything. We're just going to play and see where it takes us."

McDermott, who averaged 22.9 points (third in the nation) and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 60.1 percent from the field and 48.6 percent on 3-pointers for the Bluejays last season in earning All-America honors, has the added pressure of playing for his father, Greg. The relationship is the key to Creighton's hopes of becoming the latest mid major to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.

"We have a lot of expectations on ourselves," Doug McDermott said. "We know we can go far. You see Butler, VCU, teams like that that make it to the Final Four and even the national championship game. We're not thinking that far ahead, but we know we're capable of doing what those teams have done in the past."


LATTIMORE VOWS RETURN: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said running back Marcus Lattimore told him he will be back on the field. Spurrier spoke to more than 1,000 players, students and fans who turned out to wish Lattimore a speedy recovery and a happy 21st birthday. Lattimore dislocated his right knee and severely damaged several ligaments Saturday.

BADGERS LOSE QB: Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is done for the season after breaking his left collarbone against Michigan State. Doctors determined the redshirt freshman would not need surgery.

MICHIGAN STAR OKAY: The Wolverines got a scare and not a long-term problem when quarterback Denard Robinson injured a nerve in his right elbow against Nebraska. "He should be fine," coach Brady Hoke said. "He should be ready to go on Saturday" at Minnesota.

IOWA ST.: Senior linebacker Jake Knott, the reigning Big 12 defensive player of the week, is likely out for the season with a torn left shoulder.

MONTANA: Offensive tackle Trevor Poole was arrested on a felony drug charge over the weekend after a drug task force officer reported seeing him exchange cash for a plastic baggie at a large Halloween party. The sophomore was suspended indefinitely.

OKLAHOMA: Leading rusher Damien Williams and starting left tackle Lane Johnson missed practice with ankle injuries, but coach Bob Stoops is holding out hope they can play Saturday at Iowa State.

OREGON ST.: Coach Mike Riley said junior quarterback Cody Vaz will start Saturday. Vaz had started two games while Sean Mannion recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery. Mannion returned last week but threw four interceptions.

TEXAS: David Ash will remain starting quarterback over Case McCoy. Despite pulling Ash late in Saturday's game against Kansas, coach Mack Brown said he will keep his job in next week's game at Texas Tech.

Indiana big man leads preseason All-Americans 10/29/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 10:49pm]
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