Tom Crean is no fan of you, Big Ten schedule-maker guy

  • 02/20/2009 1:52 pm in

In case you haven’t checked the schedule, IU has just about 24 hours until it’s next game — a big one in West Lafayette. And I’m not the only one who thinks the bizarre timing of the game needs to be addressed in the years ahead. Tom Crean is right there with me:

“I hope moving forward after this year it’s not a situation where we’ve got under 40 hours to prepare for a game. I get it now, I get it for television, but I think some concrete thought has really gotta be put into not allowing this to happen. Wisconsin’s gotta turn around and play. They’re playing on Sunday. I would have loved to see us be playing Purdue on Sunday. I’m not complaining about now as much as I really hope this doesn’t happen in the future. And not just because of where we’re at and where they’re at. Every game is big. Every game to every coach is the biggest game of the year, but there are certain games in all leagues that transcend anything. And I think Indiana-Purdue is one of those games just like I said the other day that Michigan State-Michigan is one of those games. And there’s probably others and I’m gonna learn pretty quick that there’s probably others. I would like to see both teams have the same kind of time to get ready for those games.”

Two quick observations: 1) The fact that IU is turning around in less than 40 hours to play any regular season game is ridiculous. Sure, it’s acceptable in March, but in the regular season, not so much. Especially when the Hoosiers had a break of more than a week earlier in the Big Ten schedule. 2) IU and Purdue need to play twice every season. It shouldn’t even be up for debate. Could you imagine the outrage if the ACC schedule came out and Duke and North Carolina only had one meeting? ESPN would probably run a 30-minute special denouncing it as the biggest travesty in sports. So note to you, Big Ten schedule-maker guy: IU-Purdue twice a season and little preparation time would be nice.

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  • aerialM

    something's got to give with the schedule. the quick turnaround at this time of the season is pretty ridiculous. I mean, who wins in a situation like that? Plus, it makes no sense that we've played some teams twice (MN, IL) before we've played some at all (PU, WISC). As far as IU/PU goes, agreed: they should play twice a year. Even if that means we schedule a pre-conference season game to be played in Indy or something. I doubt that'll happen, but it is nice to see them twice a year…IU should play as many in-state schools as they can. ND, Indiana State, Evansville, Butler, Valpo and maybe even IUPUI or IUFW…

  • jg

    IU AND PURDUE TWICE A YEAR! It has been what…3, 4 years now since we actually played them twice a year. I mean for crying out loud we were playing a game once a year in the RCA Dome. TERRIBLE. Duke/UNC don't do that. USC/UCLA don't do that. Georgetown/Syracuse don't do that. Kentucky/Tennessee don't do that. True rivalries in college basketball are all established in conference, hell the best the ones are established in state. The state of Indiana needs to get back on the national map in basketball. IU and Purdue would be nationally televised every game. The rivalry needs to be built back up between students and allowing our Hoosiers to go and get blasted by their student body and not give us a crack back at their players is a true travesty to the sport. The Hoosiers, Boilers, Bulldogs, Irish, Sycamores and Cardinals should always be scheduling games with each other. I know everyone playing everyone each season is a bit extreme, but IU and the Boilers should each be playing the Irish every year and then pick between Butler, Ball State and Indiana State. I'm sick ESPN all over the ACC and North Carolina and their “tobacco road.” Coach Crean get on this. Make this happen. You know that the better recognition this state gets for its competitveness and an opportunity to play on national tv, the better the chance recruits will begin to take notice and continue to fuel the game in our great state. Not to mention losing our best in state talent to out of state programs.
    The “40 hours” between games is ridiculous as well. I have a feeling Greenspan was in charge of this schedule making, slacker.

  • JerryCT

    Everybody makes good points which I agree with but seriously…………..IU should never need 40 hours to get ready for Purdue.

    ” They are, what we thought they were “. We know the coach and the players we can play them anytime anywhere

  • Hoosier_Hound

    It would take the thinking capacity of a squirrel that can't crack a nut to realize that IU and Purdue should play a home-and-home every year, no exceptions, no debate.

    In fact, why don't they just make the protected football games (Purdue and Illinois for IU) protected home-and-home games in basketball. If this is too difficult for Delaney to handle, I volunteer to make the schedule in the future for a simple fee of $100 (or $1 per conference game). Please contact me Commissioner at hoosierhound@commonsense.duh if you would like to take up my offer.

  • JerryCT

    I see Hoosier Scoop,says Hummel will not play against IU and is done for the year

  • dale11

    I just watched bloomington south and they are unbelievable. It's been a while since i have seen a team play so well together like they do.

  • casey137

    Speaking of PU. A kid I really wish Crean would have gotten on early is Nic Moore. Soph guard for Warsaw, IN. This kid is tough and he's soaring under the radar right now. Granted he's short, he's 5'9. But he's lead the tigers past Marion and Luers (among others). He's very physical and holds his own amazingly well against bigs. I'm not kidding when I say this kid will give Teague a run for his money for Mr. Basketball. This kid wont be a hidden gem much longer on the Indiana radar. Unfortunately, Painter has been on him all season and it's likely that after Painter saw him on display first hand tonight it won't be much longer until an offer has been made. As hard of a worker Crean seems to be, I doubt many more blue collar players like moore go unnoticed by our coaching staff.

  • aerialM

    something's got to give with the schedule. the quick turnaround at this time of the season is pretty ridiculous. I mean, who wins in a situation like that? Plus, it makes no sense that we've played some teams twice (MN, IL) before we've played some at all (PU, WISC). As far as IU/PU goes, agreed: they should play twice a year. Even if that means we schedule a pre-conference season game to be played in Indy or something. I doubt that'll happen, but it is nice to see them twice a year…IU should play as many in-state schools as they can. ND, Indiana State, Evansville, Butler, Valpo and maybe even IUPUI or IUFW…

  • jg

    IU AND PURDUE TWICE A YEAR! It has been what…3, 4 years now since we actually played them twice a year. I mean for crying out loud we were playing a game once a year in the RCA Dome. TERRIBLE. Duke/UNC don't do that. USC/UCLA don't do that. Georgetown/Syracuse don't do that. Kentucky/Tennessee don't do that. True rivalries in college basketball are all established in conference, hell the best the ones are established in state. The state of Indiana needs to get back on the national map in basketball. IU and Purdue would be nationally televised every game. The rivalry needs to be built back up between students and allowing our Hoosiers to go and get blasted by their student body and not give us a crack back at their players is a true travesty to the sport. The Hoosiers, Boilers, Bulldogs, Irish, Sycamores and Cardinals should always be scheduling games with each other. I know everyone playing everyone each season is a bit extreme, but IU and the Boilers should each be playing the Irish every year and then pick between Butler, Ball State and Indiana State. I'm sick ESPN all over the ACC and North Carolina and their “tobacco road.” Coach Crean get on this. Make this happen. You know that the better recognition this state gets for its competitveness and an opportunity to play on national tv, the better the chance recruits will begin to take notice and continue to fuel the game in our great state. Not to mention losing our best in state talent to out of state programs.
    The “40 hours” between games is ridiculous as well. I have a feeling Greenspan was in charge of this schedule making, slacker.

  • JerryCT

    Everybody makes good points which I agree with but seriously…………..IU should never need 40 hours to get ready for Purdue.

    ” They are, what we thought they were “. We know the coach and the players we can play them anytime anywhere

  • Hoosier_Hound

    It would take the thinking capacity of a squirrel that can't crack a nut to realize that IU and Purdue should play a home-and-home every year, no exceptions, no debate.

    In fact, why don't they just make the protected football games (Purdue and Illinois for IU) protected home-and-home games in basketball. If this is too difficult for Delaney to handle, I volunteer to make the schedule in the future for a simple fee of $100 (or $1 per conference game). Please contact me Commissioner at hoosierhound@commonsense.duh if you would like to take up my offer.

  • DJW

    Damn Jerry:

    Are you getting that testosterone from your cousin in Puerto Rico?

  • JerryCT

    I see Hoosier Scoop,says Hummel will not play against IU and is done for the year

  • dale11

    I just watched bloomington south and they are unbelievable. It's been a while since i have seen a team play so well together like they do.

  • Casey

    Speaking of PU. A kid I really wish Crean would have gotten on early is Nic Moore. Soph guard for Warsaw, IN. This kid is tough and he's soaring under the radar right now. Granted he's short, he's 5'9. But he's lead the tigers past Marion and Luers (among others). He's very physical and holds his own amazingly well against bigs. I'm not kidding when I say this kid will give Teague a run for his money for Mr. Basketball. This kid wont be a hidden gem much longer on the Indiana radar. Unfortunately, Painter has been on him all season and it's likely that after Painter saw him on display first hand tonight it won't be much longer until an offer has been made. As hard of a worker Crean seems to be, I doubt many more blue collar players like moore go unnoticed by our coaching staff.