Tidbits from Tom Crean’s radio show

Tom Crean’s weekly radio show was Monday night. Here are some of the major tidbits to take from it:

· Reacting to loss: To open the show, Crean was asked if he had changed his mind about Saturday’s overtime loss to Butler after watching the film. Crean said his reaction was the same as it was right after the game.

“We settled for too many pull-up jump shots,” Crean said. “Their defense is really predicated to give you that shot. That only works if you let them. It’s not what we’re built on. We’re a pretty good pull-up shooting team, but we don’t want to do that all the time.”

And of course, there was second guessing, as there always is with a loss. Crean said he wish he would have gone to his bench more early in the game. He said there has to be a great trust in all the guys you put on the floor in a competitive game like the one on Saturday.

As far as how his players reacted to losing for the first time this season, they were upset.

“They were down, there’s no question about that,” Crean said. “It wasn’t like I walked in the locker room like, ‘everything is fine, let me pick you all up.’ The last couple of days, the resolve has really come back. They care. There was nobody that was masking how down they were. But the last two days is when that resolve starts to come out.”

· Mosquera-Perea plays, but not much: Freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin were eligible for the first time in their college careers on Saturday after serving nine-game NCAA suspensions to start the season. Mosquera-Perea got on the floor against the Bulldogs, but he only played for three minutes, scoring two points.

Jurkin did not play.

“It’s just going to take a little bit of time,” Crean said of Mosquera-Perea. “We didn’t go in with a set amount of time for him. His minutes will continue to go up. He’s going to be a force for our team. He’s an energy giver. When he’s out there, people can just feel it.”

· Reaction to Big Ten expansion: Don Fischer asked Crean for his thoughts on the addition of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten Conference.

“It’s great because we don’t have to look to schedule games in those areas as much,” Crean said. “We always want to have an East Coast presence. It’s great for our school, it’s great for our recruiting, and it’ll be very competitive. Those are two outstanding schools and programs.”

· Elston nearing return: Senior forward Derek Elston, who had knee surgery before the season, is getting close to a return. Elston was in uniform and warmed up before Saturday’s game, but he did not play. Crean said Elston practiced on a limited basis Monday and it’s possible, but not probable, he could play this week. More likely, Elston will return on Dec. 28 against Jacksonville or Dec. 31 at Iowa.

“He’s close,” Crean said. “He warmed up the other day. He warmed up hard. I knew we weren’t going to be able to play him. He practiced a little bit today, but he’s very limited.”

  • HoosierPat

    Indiana vs. Butler may be turning into a HUGE rivalry. I hope they play each year even though they will play every other year in the Crossroads Classic.

  • HoosierPat

    Indiana vs. Butler may be turning into a HUGE rivalry. I hope they play each year even though they will play every other year in the Crossroads Classic.

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree, two well coached teams, Indiana kids and a GREAT basketball atmosphere. Makes you forget the Kentucky game….minus the hatred. So hard to hate Butler and Stevens.

  • HoosierPat

    I hope Butler is on the schedule again next year. It might not be a bad idea to play a game at Hinkle. Obviously there would be a lot of IU fans, but it would be a road environment.

  • HoosierPat

    I hope Butler is on the schedule again next year. It might not be a bad idea to play a game at Hinkle. Obviously there would be a lot of IU fans, but it would be a road environment.

  • sheeladipo

    That game helped brad stevens in recruiting a ton. With Crean as our coach i’ll never be worried about getting quality recruits again but think about the talent in indiana. Thats been a knock on stevens for a while and beating #1 ranked indiana hits home with in state kids. Im not saying we will lose guys im just saying butler might get more than they do now. We should play them every year…home game..crossroads..road game..crossroads. Id even be ok with 2 games to the crossroads classic every year. IU/PU plays both ND/Butler. Im rambling now

  • N71

    I think Butler’s getting stronger and stronger with in-state recruiting will likely hurt Purdue more than Indiana. For example, their getting Kellen Dunham will be huge over time, he’s their next Gordon Hayward. I attended the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game here in Indy and thought Dunham was every bit the player Harris, Yogi, and Jeremy were…why didn’t Purdue land him? Purdue must get good Indiana kids for them to be good, Indiana is now reaching into other talent pools while still getting the best from Indiana as well. If Trey Lyles wanted to salvage his imagine here he’d go to Butler, I’d immediately become a fan of his again.

  • N71

    Have you noticed how much Butler people hate IU yet most IU people seem to love, or at least like, what Butler has done. I understand the IU folks liking Butler but why do the Butler people hate IU so much? Seems odd.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t see that game having much of an impact on Butler’s recruiting at all. They went to back-to-back national title games and didn’t get much of a bump in recruiting (as Stevens said, the caliber of guys they have been recruiting are already getting the job done). Butler already has their brand and I don’t think Saturday’s game changes much for them.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t see that game having much of an impact on Butler’s recruiting at all. They went to back-to-back national title games and didn’t get much of a bump in recruiting (as Stevens said, the caliber of guys they have been recruiting are already getting the job done). Butler already has their brand and I don’t think Saturday’s game changes much for them.

  • http://twitter.com/BlairDMckee Blair D. Mckee

    I think you are correct. There is certainly room in Central Indiana for two powerhouse B-Ball programs, but maybe not three. Similar to N Carolina with Duke and UNC, Purdue is left out, and may have to get blue-chip recruits elsewhere.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I think you make an excellent point about Butler’s success having impact on Purdue. I still hope that the IU-PU series gets back to the Knight-Keady levels of intensity and rivalry but I think that Painter might have missed his opportunity when IU was down.

    Now, an Indiana kid not being offered by IU, MSU, pUKe, UM or OSU might well choose Butler over PU.

    I guess time will tell.

  • SCHoosier

    Soes anybody know if IU seriously recruited Dunham? He is a classic state of Indiana “shooter”.

  • IUMIKE1

    The people around him, yea the ones that have helped him make some other questionable decisions, would NEVER let that happen.

  • IUMIKE1

    Coach I love ya and wanted you here before both Davis and You Know Who, but really feel like you need to publicly shoulder more of the blame on this one.

  • Benhyoung14

    Think about it this way. Duke didn’t win any championships until the 90’s. Could this turn into a UNC-Duke rivalry if Butler is able to win a couple?

  • Benhyoung14

    Think about it this way. Duke didn’t win any championships until the 90’s. Could this turn into a UNC-Duke rivalry if Butler is able to win a couple?

  • Benhyoung14

    Because we got Zeller.

  • twarrior87

    There is absolutely no way Lyles goes to Butler… He is UK bound, you could see the writing on the wall as soon as everything went down

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    My hats off to Butler. Without question we should play them every year. I can’t say enough good things about what they have going on up there. They need to watch their back now though. All eyes in the A 10 will be on them, and in that conference they will for sure become one of if not the most hunted program.

  • http://www.facebook.com/penny.stryzek Penny Stryzek

    Why does Victor O point to his eyes when he makes a basket?

  • http://www.facebook.com/penny.stryzek Penny Stryzek

    Why does Victor O point to his eyes when he makes a basket?

  • DarkSouth

    While i agree this game doesn’t change their recruiting, it has improved. They aren’t getting 5-stars but doubt they get kids like Khyle Marshall or Nolan Berry (coming in next year) without their high profile. Used to they’d just get underrecruited Indiana and boarder state kids. Now they’re getting national prospects in the 100-150 range with an occasional top 100 kid. Lot of gems there, like an Oladipo or Sheehey.

  • CreamandCrimson

    There is no doubt their recruiting has improved. They have a very good point guard coming in next season (Rene Castro), a big bruiser Andrew Charabascz who is getting comparisons to Matt Howard (they can certainly hope), and a skilled stretch 4 in Nolan Berry. It’s a very good class. Those are high-3 and low-4 star kids. I think Brad Stevens has more to do with any higher-profile recruiting than anything else but I agree with you, they are getting attention from some higher-profile names than they have in the past.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Unfortunately, I don’t think they will be in the A-10 for very long. It certainly appears they will be receiving an invitation to the conference being formed by the ex-Big East Catholic schools and I would imagine they will accept that invitation. I was really looking forward to the development of the new A-10 because it seems like a very good and entertaining basketball conference.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Yes this season at least they will be the hunted. I like the Catholic 7 plus Butler, Xavier, and 3 others. It will be a fun basketball conference to watch. It would be very big for Butler as they would get more ESPN, or CBS CollegeSportsNetwork coverage I would say.

  • N71

    Why? I’m not disagreeing or agreeing, just curious to learn more about what’s going on in the minds of the Lyles camp.

  • N71

    Why? I’m not disagreeing or agreeing, just curious to learn more about what’s going on in the minds of the Lyles camp.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Phillips/100001004847898 Tony Phillips

    Crean, I love ya for rebuilding the program, but A: I think you should have taken a little more of this loss on your shoulders, and B: Stevens out coached you.

    And I still cannot understand how Indiana let smaller players out muscle them the entire game. That is shameful.

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    I totally think it could. Stevens doesn’t seem like he is looking to leave anytime soon, and why would he? He’s already been to 2 title games and just beat the #1 team to get back in the top 25. He is building a program that is going to be good for a long time. These teams should play every year without question. Butler is also a big enough name that playing them on the road would not hurt IU one bit.

  • mike

    theye read too many polls. really. if you hear and read it enough, you start the think it. and in today’s game, with so much parity, that is deadly.

  • mike

    theye read too many polls. really. if you hear and read it enough, you start the think it. and in today’s game, with so much parity, that is deadly.

  • IUMIKE1

    To everyone out there, N71 did not get a down vote on his reply to me, or not from me any way, I accidentally hit the dislike arrow instead of reply, my bad.

    Now as to your question. I think he would thrive at Butler, big time, especially with Stevens coaching him, he has sent lesser talent onto the next level. I also think that his camp, incorrectly, sees Butler as a Po Dunk U type of school and that Butler is not worthy of him gracing their floor with his presence. If the rumors of what many say is the main reason CTC dropped Lyles like he was toxic, hangers on wanting ” fringe benefits “, I seriously doubt that’s gonna happen with Stevens. I think we all know the main place where that type of thing is taken care of. If Lyles goes anywhere besides there I still wish nothing bad on him and will pull for another Indiana kid to do well. If he does go there, and I will be really surprised if he doesn’t, then…..well let’s just say you reap what you sow and leave it at that.

  • N71

    Is your theme the same as Dakich’s which infers the dad linked his own employment (a position on the coaching staff) to his son attending a particular school? Is that still the prevailing thought on why our relationship with Trey fell apart? I’d imagine the NCAA would have an eye out for that type of thing. How could Trey’s dad show up at Kentucky suddenly as an assistant on the UK staff if he hasn’t even been a head coach at the high school level, let alone a small college or AAU. Even Calipari wouldn’t be that bold/stupid. And then what if Calipari get’s UK nailed to the cross, Trey is off to Syracuse or some other dirty program? The whole thing is a damn shame.

  • IUMIKE1

    This is kinda the way that I’m looking at it. Crean all of a sudden stopped recruiting a very high caliber instate recruit, one that he had diligently recruited for a long time, even after he verbaled to us, one that had not slipped in the rankings or had any other visible reason to have been dropped by Crean and something tells me that it was even more sudden that it appeared. Granted, Dakich is a loudmouth, like a lot of people say he is….but… he is also someone who, I would bet, has many well placed sources connected to IU bball in a way to where they know what is going on with this kind of thing, especially instate, and he has been right on several other things along these lines. Plus something also tells me that he doesn’t put something, that connected to IU bball, out there without getting the nod or wink from the right people, kind of like I could never say anything like that publicly but there is nothing stopping someone else from saying that that is what they have been told happened. Even someone with a radio show could instead of me, wink, wink. Then one has to consider some of the things that Crean tweeted right before all of the Lyles stuff started going down. Toss in that Calislimy shows up, not by himself but with his entire staff AND entourage, at the very first practice that coaches were allowed to be at. Don’t know that the rumor was that his dad or someone from his camp wanted an actual coaching assignment as much as it was someone or some people wanting to be compensated, in some fashion, for Lyles’ attendance at whatever school he ended up at. Calipayoff and World Wide Wes are well versed in making this kind of thing happen and in ways that are very hard to find traces of and even harder for it to be traced back to Criminalapari. Add those things in with some of the remarks that came out of the Lyles camp and it sure looks and sounds awfully fishy to me.

    Bottom line, Crean doesn’t just stop recruiting any kid with his kind of talent all of a sudden let alone one from this state and one that he had so much time and energy already invested in. Something BIG BIG had to have happened to make Crean instantly start acting like he was toxic. My best guess is that it had to be something that Crean knew, besides it just not being the way it is supposed to be done, he knew that it was something that could potentially put a major hurt on not just Lyles or himself but the IU bball team and maybe even the university itself and he wanted no part of anything that could put him back in the hole that he had just spent years digging out of.

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