Zeller magic returning to Michiana

Around Indiana, he will always be known as the player who hit a game-winning half-court shot in overtime in the 3a state finals to knock off Plymouth.

But now in his junior season at Notre Dame, Luke Zeller is hoping to make another name for himself---as a important piece on the Irish men's basketball team.

Zeller played his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring 11 points in 14 minutes to help lead the 22nd-ranked Irish to a big 86-83 win over #16 Marquette.

"You know i'm just trying to play basketball and do what I can," Zeller explained afterwards.

"I know what I'm capable of and i'm just going to go out there and do it."

Zeller showed a side of him fans haven't seen too much of--aggressive and physical play. The former Mr. Indiana basketball had a monster one handed slam and was key on the boards with four rebounds.

"He had a great game for us coming off the bench--the dunk and the 3's," Luke Harangody said.

"Everyone is really happy for him. He was incredible for us out there."

Zeller also impressed head coach Mike Brey.

"Obviously we are seeing with Luke Zeller the light bulb is on," Brey explained. "It's awesome to see."

"It Happens for different kids at different times. He's a very confident young man and I want to keep nuturing that."

And it's a perfect time for Zeller to break out.

The Irish are just a half-game out of first place in the Big East with an 8-2 league record.

Notre Dame heads to the road for consecutive games, beginning with red hot UConn on Wednesday.


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