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Indiana takes on top-scoring player Kyle Vinales and Central Connecticut State

Indianforward Cody Zeller (40) waits shoot free throw during second half an NCAA college basketball game against North CarolinTuesday Nov.

Indiana forward Cody Zeller (40) waits to shoot a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana defeated North Carolina 83-59. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Updated: January 9, 2013 6:13AM



BLOOMINGTON — The nation’s top scorer is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard from Detroit who went to Connecticut to play college basketball.

Tonight, Kyle Vinales is back in the Midwest, hoping to lead Central Connecticut State to an upset of No. 1 Indiana.

Vinales is averaging 25.9 ppg entering tonight’s game against the Hoosiers (8-0).

“I think he’s so quick, on film he’s just driving right around guys,” Cody Zeller said. “When he shoots, he gets it off quick and he knows how to score in a lot of different ways, with floaters and getting by his man.”

The Blue Devils (4-3) may have the top individual scorer in Division I basketball, but they’re facing the top scoring team in the nation. IU is averaging 87.8 ppg with five players averaging double-figure scoring. Zeller leads the way at 15.0 ppg.

The Blue Devils are something of a two-man team. Junior-college transfer guard Matt Hunter (17.0 ppg) is the only player besides Vinales averaging double-digit points, although forward Adonis Burbage isn’t too far behind at 9.9 ppg.

“I think it’s going to be a good test for us defensively,” IU associate head coach Tim Buckley said. “They run a lot of pick and rolls and they’re very athletic and quick and they like to push the pace so we’re going to have to get back in transition, get our defense set, and do a really good job of defending them.

“We really have to do a good job of defending without fouling because they’re also the nation’s leading free throw shooting team, so it should be a very good test for us.”

The Blue Devils are shooting 83.6 percent from the free-throw line, but they’re attempting fewer than 16 free throws per game. The Hoosiers, on the other hand, aren’t particularly stellar from the free-throw line, shooting 75 percent, but they’re averaging 28 attempts per game.

Still, “They’ve been sticking with teams, so we have to come out with fire and be ready to go right off the break,” Maurice Creek said.



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