Notes, quotes from Crean on Big Ten teleconference

  • 01/09/2012 10:31 am in

Notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s Monday morning appearance on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. Prior to the teleconference, the Big Ten announced that Cody Zeller as the league’s Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season:

OPENING REMARKS

— “We feel like we’re making progress, we feel like we’re getting better and at the same time, we feel like there’s a lot of room for us to improve even more. This is a big week for us obviously with Minnesota coming here and playing at Ohio State after just playing them a little over a week ago. Along with getting ready for games, we’ve got to make sure that we continue to never get away from the fundamentals that have put us in this position thus far. And it’s all the little details of the game that make you better and we’ve gotta make sure that we stay on top of that. But I love the attitude of our players, I love their work ethic and I think they’re as committed to get better as we are to getting them better.”

CREAN ON “THE PROGRAM”

— Crean was asked (by Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times) about “The Program,” which is a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in “team building and leadership development programs for pro sports teams, college teams, high school teams, and major corporations.” Crean said he found out about “The Program” after reading a story about their involvement with Oregon football and decided to bring the military-based company to Bloomington over the summer.

— “It’s been one of the best things we’ve done because what it did is bring in some other voices to our program that really talked about leadership, taking care of the person to your left and to your right. … And I think anytime you can get leadership that’s military-based in any part of your program, everybody’s going to be enhanced by that. And I think that’s exactly what’s happened.”

MORE ON WIN AT PENN STATE, BIG TEN AT-LARGE

— “It’s difficult to win on the road in any league, but especially in this league.”

— “It’s an extremely well-coached league. Every team has got a very good home court. And they’ve got fans that are passionate. And they’ve got players that have had experience. There’s very few inexperienced teams in this league. When you put all of those things together, with a good plan and a good scheme, it makes it really hard. So any road victory you come across in this league, it’s like gold. There’s no question about it. It counts extra in the RPI for a reason because they’re hard to get.”

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  • DagwoodsDave

    I was one of those frustrated with the results of last year.  I wanted to see incremental improvement and did not feel they did so.  I was willing to CTC this year.  Well, I got the improvement all right.  I think he has really taken the program to the level we all expect it to be at.  I actually thought “Final Four” the other day.  Possible?   

    As an alum, I couldn’t be happier.  Took my kid to the OSU game — now he wears his IU sweat shirt (not Duke, NC, or Michigan).  Tells me Cody Zeller is available in his NBA game (as a class of 2015 draft pick).  It is good to be back. 

  • Brklynhoosier

    Amen.  Verdell is what he is.  What he’s done:  come to IU when he could have gone to Minnesota, or probably 10 other D1 schools.  Suffer through 3 losing seasons.  Get consistently better.  And make some huge, huge plays down the stretch.  My hats off to him — to Pritch and Danny Moore, too (hope we can convince Matt Roth to stay another year).  These guys aren’t the most talented — let’s face it.  But they’ve had 3 years of adversity, and though their heads hung low at times, they never stopped fighting to get better.  SO happy to see them going out on a high — keep it up guys — you represent the best of Hoosier Nation…

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, if Murray State runs the table, I will become a UK fan who cheers for Ohio State in my down time. Then I’ll kill myself

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, if Murray State runs the table, I will become a UK fan who cheers for Ohio State in my down time. Then I’ll kill myself

  • CreamandCrimson

    Not a bad comparison.  I think the rebounding will be very similar.  Davis has long arms and he continues to get bigger.  Defensively, I think he is still developing but he certainly has the physical tools necessary to be very good on that end of the floor.

  • Eyes_of_silver

    When everything is said and done, I believe the way people will describe Tom Crean at IU is, “That’s how you do it!”  Great coach.  Gets wins, and more importantly, gets his kids to get grades.  RMK without the attitude.

  • Guest

    if you’re lucky, an oil tanker truck will mow you over and explode with you trapped underneath. That would certainly be better than rooting for UK or O$U, wouldn’t it?

  • Guest

    if you’re lucky, an oil tanker truck will mow you over and explode with you trapped underneath. That would certainly be better than rooting for UK or O$U, wouldn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    For those wanting a link to the teleconference here it is
    http://btn.com/2012/01/09/weekly-qa-listen-to-your-big-ten-coach/

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I love this kid and think Anya would be the final pc for this team.
    Alex, do you have any additional info on where we stand on his recruitment and any current updated  info on Sheehey?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I love this kid and think Anya would be the final pc for this team.
    Alex, do you have any additional info on where we stand on his recruitment and any current updated  info on Sheehey?

  • Devout Hoosier

    Possible.  This team reminds me of the 2002 team, well balanced with great shooters.

  • Finding a way to win ‘ugly’ games is what great teams are about.