Yahoo’s Pat Forde on Indiana’s opening practice

  • 10/14/2012 8:25 pm in

Yahoo! Sports: Hoosiers aim for first national title since ’87

At another point during a full-court four-on-three drill, when the Hoosiers were hitting shot after shot, Crean blew the whistle and sought outside input.

“Darrin,” Crean yelled to Darrin Horn, his former Marquette assistant and the former head coach at South Carolina and Western Kentucky. “What’s missing from the defense?”

“Talk,” Horn responded quickly.

“That and?” Crean asked.


“Hands! The hands are down! The offense is good, but it’s not that good!”

When the practice was over, Crean sent the entire team into the Assembly Hall stands to say hello to family, introduce themselves to strangers and thank everyone for coming. It was humorous to hear No. 40 extend a hand and say, “I’m┬áCody Zeller.” As if anyone in the gym didn’t know.

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  • CutterInChicago

    That Zeller introduction story reminds me of “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash…”

  • HoosierFromCT

    “Then eight players returned to the court to take extra shots after practice. The last man in the gym was Oladipo, doing ball-handling drills into the night.”
    LOVE. IT.

  • jermhoosierfan

    This team will go as far as the defense will take them. CTC knows this and will not let up on it. We will need it to be strong when the Big Ten season starts.

  • BigD

    Does anyone know where things stand between IU and Trey Lyles?

  • Jake

    Everything is dead between them. Time to say good bye to him.

  • hgdownunder

    With all the signings Calipari has made the last week, is KY still an option for Trey? Just wondering…

  • Ben Ancelet

    Wow, I get chills reading about how hard our boys are working even after practice. That’ll be the difference between winning a title this year and just making a run. They are hungry still because they know the sting of a 12 win season just two years ago. When you have a mix of talent like we have and combine that with hunger the results can be scary!

  • Hoosierfan88

    The verbals he has received in the past week have all been 2013 players. Trey is 2014 so no effect on him, Trey will most certainly be at UK..and that makes me gag

  • hgdownunder

    Big Homer Simpson Doh!

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    I didn’t realize Horn was coaching this season. Solid coach, should have stayed at WKU a little while longer although I am thrilled to have him on the staff. Fantastic assistant!

  • dbmcubs21

    I don’t think he is on staff. I believe he was there as a special guest.

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    Damn. I knew it was too good to be true

  • IUJeff

    There is not much worse you can do than change from a hoosier to a blue blood IMO.


    Amen to that !! Not just our opinion on that one I strongly suspect.


    Trey, who ? eyebrows scrunched down and head slightly cocked to one side & with emphasis on the word who.


    Trey, who ? eyebrows scrunched down and head slightly cocked to one side & with emphasis on the word who.

  • Umm that select group of “Important” people in the stands. A feel good moment for the players.

  • b_side

    I don’t get it. How can anyone dislike this quote?

  • SCHoosier

    IU’s program couldn’t have gotten more positive “pub” from this ESPN event if they had hired John Hamm and the “Mad Men” PR firm.:) Horn had a tough time here in SC..had no one on the staff really tied into southeast b-ball talent..and wasn’t able to recruit well. Most of the kids down here..when handed a b-ball..try to throw the fly pattern or kick it thru the uprights. Horn realized that too late.

  • DannerPerea

    You know…that Trey kid from Indianapolis who is gonna play for John Calipoacher in that intellectual wasteland whose “University” logo really needs an “F” and a “C” in it somewhere.


    Oh so true my friend, ohhh…. sooo….. true.