EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller have a beef.
This can't happen very often. You can't be co-stars on a team as successful as the Indiana Hoosiers have been this season -- IU is the No. 1 team in the country, the nation's most efficient offense, the only 12-2 team in the best conference in college hoops and the obvious national title favorite going forward -- and not see things the same way at least 90 percent of the time.
But if you ask Oladipo about his sudden national player of the year frontrunner status, how it feels to go from being a hardly recruited raw athlete to a defensive stopper to a role player to drawing almost weekly broadcaster comparisons to a young Michael Jordan, the Hoosiers' overnight star interjects what is by now a minority opinion on the topic.
"I've told you who I think the player of the year is -- it's Cody Zeller," Oladipo said Tuesday night. "He always has been. If we didn't have him, I wouldn't be successful. None of us would be successful."
Ahem -- Cody? Your thoughts on the subject?
"He'll be the player of the year," Zeller said, laughing.
So, yes. For the 2012-13 Indiana Hoosiers, this is what passes for a beef.
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