Crean says 2009-2010 schedule is almost finalized

  • 04/30/2009 4:19 pm in

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the Tom Crean press conference from earlier today, it’s certainly worth your time to do so. There was a lot of Twitter talk and he also talked at length about next year’s schedule, which I’ve transcribed below:

We’re close. We’re close. We have one game to go. What we do with that remains to be seen. I can promise you that you won’t be looking at the Sagarin ratings at the end of the year and see Indiana had the number one strength of schedule the entire year. That didn’t do us any good. I like to have a nice schedule, but we’re not trying to play the hardest schedule in the country. We’ve gotta get some confidence and we’ve gotta get our guys built up and we’ve gotta get it home.

We’ve got some very challenging games. I think Puerto Rico is going to be an excellent event. So many good teams there. Obviously Maryland, it wasn’t like they matched us up with somebody that will be picked to finish last in the league like we probably will be again. We’re playing against a NCAA Tournament team. A team that should be ranked in the top 20 especially if Vazquez comes back. And Kentucky is Kentucky. And it’s not like he’s not going to have very good players in there. So we’re going to have a very hard schedule.

Not to mention the Big Ten will be even better I think next year than it was this year. And it was really good this year. Because so many players came back. You’ve got guys like JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Evan Turner and those guys coming back. All the Michigan State guys are back. The Michigan guys are back. I mean the list goes on and on. It’s gonna be a great league. So We’ll have a very hard schedule and we’ve gotta figure out what we’re gonna do with the last game.

Normally, I’m not big on a cupcake schedule because it does little to prepare a team come March. But I totally agree with Crean’s line of thought that he needs to build confidence and more importantly, a winning attitude with a group that hasn’t won much at this level to date. As much as we’d all like to believe that the wins will be plentiful come next November, there’s still going to be plenty of bumps in the road during this rebuilding process.

Filed to:

  • It's discouraging that Coach Crean predicts us to finish last again.

  • It's discouraging that Coach Crean predicts us to finish last again.

  • Alan

    Michael
    Crean didn't pick us to finish last, he's saying the critics will. I had to read it twice.

  • Jay

    There may be some road closed signs and bridge closed signs next year and the year after, but IU will get on the interstate real soon.
    Rivers may well hold the key to success. If he can defend and distribute the ball that will really help the entire team. This year's freshmen will not have that deer in the headlights look next year. Their experience should allow next years freshmen to grow into the program, not become the program. Pritchard, Jones and Dumes can play and they'll be better next year.
    As for the schedule strength, I leave that to the coaches.

  • plane1972

    I think if you re-read his comment, he said we are likely to be picked last by the preseason prognosticators. He did not say he expects to finish last. Any reasonable person who is not a fan with a bias has to look at what we did last year and pick us to be slightly better because of our incoming class, but we have to win some games before we will be picked to get out of the cellar.

  • Sallad

    What? No, that's not what he said. He said we'll be picked to finish last in the league, which is a completely different thing.

  • Sallad

    What? No, that's not what he said. He said we'll be picked to finish last in the league, which is a completely different thing.

  • Geaux Hoosiers!

    Coach did not say he is predicting us to finish last, but that others (Media) will probably pick IU to finish last in the Big 10. However, like coach, I believe that the Big Ten will be even tougher next year.

  • Geaux Hoosiers!

    Coach did not say he is predicting us to finish last, but that others (Media) will probably pick IU to finish last in the Big 10. However, like coach, I believe that the Big Ten will be even tougher next year.

  • George

    He said OTHERS would predict us last! No coach in his right mind would ever say his team is probably going to finish last.

  • George

    He said OTHERS would predict us last! No coach in his right mind would ever say his team is probably going to finish last.

  • Florida Rabbit

    I don't know how cupcake this schedule will be…Maryland, UK, and Puerto Rico. Are their any in state games (besides Purdue) on the schedule this year?

  • Florida Rabbit

    I don't know how cupcake this schedule will be…Maryland, UK, and Puerto Rico. Are their any in state games (besides Purdue) on the schedule this year?

  • Florida Rabbit

    I don't know how cupcake this schedule will be…Maryland, UK, and Puerto Rico. Are their any in state games (besides Purdue) on the schedule this year?

  • Kelin Blab

    I see Crean using this 'we'll be picked to finish last” as some motivation for a few extra wins…..given the B11 next year, MSU, PU, OSU, N'Western, Penn St. and Minny should all be good again….oh and Michigan…..I think we can get some of those games we lost this year….(Penn St., Michigan, OSU, N'Western…..maaaaybeee PU)

  • Kelin Blab

    I see Crean using this 'we'll be picked to finish last” as some motivation for a few extra wins…..given the B11 next year, MSU, PU, OSU, N'Western, Penn St. and Minny should all be good again….oh and Michigan…..I think we can get some of those games we lost this year….(Penn St., Michigan, OSU, N'Western…..maaaaybeee PU)

  • Lug

    Lets get a home and away with IPFW. I know right IPFW? But IPFW played M State tough last year and in the Fort we'll get 9,000 people in there packed to the rafters. IU is big in Fort Wayne. I haven't seen IU in Fort Wayne since BK and co. and that was a scrimmage game frickin sweet!!

  • Lug

    Lets get a home and away with IPFW. I know right IPFW? But IPFW played M State tough last year and in the Fort we'll get 9,000 people in there packed to the rafters. IU is big in Fort Wayne. I haven't seen IU in Fort Wayne since BK and co. and that was a scrimmage game frickin sweet!!

  • why can't we be like the purdue class 2 years ago when they were all freshman and surprised everybody? that team had a lot of pride coming in as freshman since they played together in aau and actually completed the rarely seen package deal. yea i know our guys aren't aau teammates, but their rankings as individuals are kinda close. watford and creek can make an impact like hummel and moore, bawa looks like a absolute freak, but raw, capo reminds me of a poor man's al horford. hulls and elston seem like total team/role playing studs every team needs. all these guys look like probable 4 year players, like the then purdue class. i don't want to mention guys coming back, cuz that was a team that won what, 6 games? not sure there's much hope in any of them as starters when they get beaten that badly, but they look like solid team/reverse/role players. i'm not saying we should expect great, but maybe we shouldn't be that surprised if we not only made the tourney but won a game or two.

  • why can't we be like the purdue class 2 years ago when they were all freshman and surprised everybody? that team had a lot of pride coming in as freshman since they played together in aau and actually completed the rarely seen package deal. yea i know our guys aren't aau teammates, but their rankings as individuals are kinda close. watford and creek can make an impact like hummel and moore, bawa looks like a absolute freak, but raw, capo reminds me of a poor man's al horford. hulls and elston seem like total team/role playing studs every team needs. all these guys look like probable 4 year players, like the then purdue class. i don't want to mention guys coming back, cuz that was a team that won what, 6 games? not sure there's much hope in any of them as starters when they get beaten that badly, but they look like solid team/reverse/role players. i'm not saying we should expect great, but maybe we shouldn't be that surprised if we not only made the tourney but won a game or two.

  • Phil

    You also have to consider that 2007-08 was a very weak year for the BT. IU and MSU, the 2 BT title contenders tanked. Then Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, Mich, PSU were all terrible. And then OSU and Minny were incredibly mediocre. If that same PU team would play in this year's BT they would maybe finish 6th or 7th

  • Phil

    You also have to consider that 2007-08 was a very weak year for the BT. IU and MSU, the 2 BT title contenders tanked. Then Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, Mich, PSU were all terrible. And then OSU and Minny were incredibly mediocre. If that same PU team would play in this year's BT they would maybe finish 6th or 7th

  • Phil

    You also have to consider that 2007-08 was a very weak year for the BT. IU and MSU, the 2 BT title contenders tanked. Then Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, Mich, PSU were all terrible. And then OSU and Minny were incredibly mediocre. If that same PU team would play in this year's BT they would maybe finish 6th or 7th