Video: Crean, IU players preview Michigan State

Tom Crean, Nick Zeisloft and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Friday at Assembly Hall to preview Saturday’s regular season finale against Michigan State.

Watch the full press conferences below:

What to Expect: Michigan State

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Indiana wraps up the regular season on Saturday afternoon in Assembly Hall when Michigan State comes to Assembly Hall. The Spartans are 20-10 overall and 11-6 in Big Ten play.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 12 p.m. ET with Bob Wischusen and Dan Dakich on the call:

On Jan. 22, Indiana was riding high coming off a 89-70 win over Maryland. The Hoosiers were 15-4 overall, 5-1 in the Big Ten with what appeared to be a favorable schedule down the stretch. At the time, this team looked like a virtual lock to make the NCAA tournament.

Fast forward to March 3 and six Indiana players along with Tom Crean came into the Assembly Hall press room with little explanation for what had just transpired on Branch McCracken Court. The Hoosiers, desperately in need of a solid performance following a loss at Northwestern, laid an egg in a 77-63 loss to Iowa.

The NCAA tournament was no longer a certainty, but in the days following the loss, athletics director Fred Glass came out with a public vote of confidence in Crean as the coach.

The current story surrounding IU basketball has shifted off the court, but there are still games to be played and a potential bid to snag for the NCAA tournament if the Hoosiers can somehow bounce back. The next chance to pick up win No. 20 comes against Michigan State, who has already locked up a NCAA bid, but will be looking to play spoiler on an IU season that is clearly at a crossroads. There’s also a bit of recruiting intrigue tomorrow as Thomas Bryant is expected on campus.

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Thomas Bryant to visit Indiana on Saturday

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2015 McDonald’s All-American center Thomas Bryant will attend Indiana’s game against Michigan State on Saturday, Huntington Prep coach Arkell Bruce confirmed to Inside the Hall on Friday.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Bryant is rated the No. 27 prospect in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, and is considering Indiana, Syracuse, Missouri and Kentucky as his college destinations, per Bruce.

Bryant took an official visit to Bloomington in October and has remained in touch with Indiana’s staff since then.

“I like their mindset of how they play,” Bryant told Inside the Hall in July. “They let guys do more than just one position. You can come in as one position and train at a different spot, too. You never know when you may need to play another spot or in a different position against another player.”

This past season, Bryant led Huntington Prep to a 31-2 record, averaging 17.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 2.5 steals per game.

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Fred Glass on Tom Crean to ESPN: ‘He has my full support’

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Indiana coach Tom Crean is not in danger of losing his job, IU vice president and director of athletics Fred Glass told ESPN on Thursday.

In an interview with Andy Katz, Glass said that he met with Crean on Wednesday and reassured him of his job security and the AD added that he remains “bullish” on IU’s head coach.

“He’s a great coach,” Glass told ESPN. “He has my full support. I have a great deal of confidence in Tom’s body of work. This team overachieved early and then hit a tough patch.”

Glass also told both ESPN and the Bloomington Herald-Times that Saturday’s result against Michigan State has no bearing on whether or not Crean remains the Hoosiers coach — he said to ESPN “it’s ridiculous to say that someone is coaching for his job for one game.”

In regards to the Hoosiers’ recent slide in results, Glass on Thursday blamed it on a variety of factors — that James Blackmon Jr. “has hit the freshman wall,” that Collin Hartman is out injured and that they have also been without Devin Davis for the entire season.

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Film Session: Iowa

In its 14-point loss to Iowa on Tuesday night, Indiana’s offense hit a cold spell, as it made just two fields goals over the final 10:16 of the first half. Several players also had rough shooting nights, such as Troy Williams, who went 3-of-13 from the field despite a number of looks around the rim.

On the other end, Aaron White scored 21 points thanks to some favorable matchups.

We’ll take a look three White scores and some missed lay-ups by the Hoosiers in the latest edition of Film Session:

On Iowa’s second possession of the game, White posts Yogi Ferrell up on the left high post, one of the areas he likes operating from:

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With the rest of Iowa’s starting lineup on the weakside of the court, White receives the entry pass:

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From there, White uses his size to back Ferrell down:

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Iowa

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Indiana fell 77-63 to Iowa on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall and the loss dropped the Hoosiers to 19-11 overall and 9-8 in Big Ten play.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Hawkeyes:

· Indiana needed to play with urgency and it exhibited none: On a night where Indiana needed to raise its level of play from where it was for most of last Wednesday’s game in Evanston, the Hoosiers simply failed to respond to the challenge. A win would have likely put Indiana safely in the NCAA tournament and quieted talk, at least for a night, that this team was folding down the stretch.

Instead, Indiana was humbled against an Iowa team that, quite frankly, didn’t even need to play its best game to beat the Hoosiers handily in Assembly Hall. This was a significant departure from IU’s losses earlier in the season at home to Eastern Washington and Purdue. Once Iowa took control early in the second half, it never relented because Indiana never put up a fight.

In Sunday’s pregame press conference, both Tom Crean and Yogi Ferrell both said that Indiana had practiced well and appeared ready to meet the challenge. That may have been true at the time the words were spoken, but none of it carried over to the court and it left Indiana fans who were in attendance annoyed at what they were witnessing. That feeling was understandable.

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Indiana loses critical game — without putting up a fight

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What was left of Indiana’s crowd booed. Most of it had left minutes earlier.

Indiana coach Tom Crean even hastily instructed his players: “Shake hands and get off the court.”

This was the humbling scene after the final buzzer sounded on Tuesday night, ending Indiana’s 77-63 loss to Iowa in Assembly Hall. It was the Hoosiers’ second straight loss at home — the first time that has happened since the 2010-2011 season.

Heading into this game, the Hoosiers had stressed how important it would be to win. They lost it without putting up a fight.

“A loss like this,” Yogi Ferrell said, “is pretty disappointing.”

The Hoosiers had six days to prepare for Tuesday’s game following last Wednesday’s seven-point loss at Northwestern. Ferrell on Sunday said they believed “we have the most energy we’ve had all season.”

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