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In his words: IU forward Cody Zeller talks on NCAA victory

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Hoosier center impressed with Owls' toughness

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 2:35 am

Indiana forward Cody Zeller spoke with the media following the Hoosiers' East Region victory over Temple Sunday in Dayton.

On IU scoring the final 10 points of the game:

"That's what we've been doing all year. We've been in a lot of close games, especially in the Big Ten. We've got a mature group that, even though it wasn't going well, we found back. That's what winners do. You've got to survive and advance this time of year. We got some big plays down the stretch. Luckily, we're moving on."

On now tough Temple was:

"They weren't as big as some of the Big Ten teams we've played, but toughness makes up for a lot of that. I thought for sure I was going to set a turnover record with all the mistakes I was making (he finished with six of IU's 12 turnovers).

"My teammates have a lot of confidence in me. They kept throwing it to me. Luckily, we made a few plays down the stretch. They are a tough group. Give a lot of credit to them."