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Notebook: Hoosiers shine on 'GameDay'

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana soaked up the atmosphere of having ESPN "College GameDay" in town.

"It made for an exciting day. It made for a long day, but it made for an exciting day," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "The best thing we did was not only get the players out of here after their appearance this morning and get them home and not practice until later this afternoon, but not open up the lines for the students until 3 this afternoon so that they would go home and get some rest.

"I think you want to take in the whole atmosphere. You want to see everything in the morning and you want to reflect a little bit and say this is really a big deal. We had been a part of one at Marquette and obviously when we started here it wasn't like 'GameDay' was on the horizon anytime soon. The program worked its way to have this to be a place where they wanted to go.

"I thought they had a great day here but I think it's a huge honor for us to have something like this but I also think it's well-earned not only by the program but by our fans. We didn't want there to be anything that they didn't see but the bottom line was how we played from 9 to 11 tonight."

Cody Zeller, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds, saw a benefit to the 9 p.m. start.

"As players we've played late games before. I like it because it gives you more time to nap," he joked.

Double-double for Watford

Christian Watford finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was the 16th double-double of his career and fourth of the season.

"I got on the glass early," he said. "I think I went in the half with five. Anytime you go in the half like that you feel like you can get more rebounds."

Indiana had 38 rebounds to Michigan's 29.

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