Notes on Creek/Elston injuries, Crean on Wisconsin, more

  • 01/14/2013 10:08 pm in

IUCCSITH0011There were a few different media availability opportunities involving Indiana on Monday, including the Big Ten teleconference, availability with assistant coach Tim Buckley and a couple players, and Tom Crean’s weekly radio show. Here are some of the highlights.

· Injury updates: There really weren’t any, at least as far as they concern Maurice Creek and Derek Elston. Crean said on his radio show that both are practicing and Creek has participated in more 5-on-0 drills, but there is still not timetable for his return from a foot injury. Elston was expected to be ready to play Saturday against Minnesota, but he never entered the game and Crean has kind of been vague when talking about him. It’s unclear whether Elston is sitting out due to a lingering injury or because of performance-based concerns.

· How bad was Indiana’s second half on Saturday?: Not very, if you’re asking Crean.

“We didn’t play as bad as we were led to believe in the second half,” Crean said on his radio show.

Crean did admit he was disappointed in the team’s lack of focus in the final 20 minutes against the Golden Gophers, but he didn’t think his team played that poor of a half. Maybe that’s true and a lot of the credit should be given to Minnesota, but the Hoosiers did have 11 turnovers and made a ton of mistakes they don’t normally make.

· Crean talks reasoning behind zone: If you haven’t noticed, Indiana has played quite a bit of zone defense during its first three conference games. That’s something we didn’t see a ton during the non-conference schedule, but Crean has been mixing defenses much more lately. Here’s his reasoning behind it:

“It really doesn’t have anything to do with fatigue … some of it’s through scouting,” Crean said on his radio show. Some of it’s through what we want to do on certain plays. And some of it’s through the feel of the game.”

· Respect for Wisconsin: It’s the only Big Ten team Crean hasn’t beaten during his tenure at Indiana, so he has good reason to respect the Badgers. He spoke very highly of Wisconsin during Monday’s Big Ten teleconference.

“We’re not surprised as well as they’re playing,” he said. “I think people forget that when they had a few struggles, Mike Bruesewitz wasn’t in. He is just an absolute energy source of their team. There’s no doubt about it. He’s one of the more active, hard-working, aggressive players not only in the league, but in the country.

“[Josh] Gasser was going to be a tremendous, tremendous point guard for them this year, but obviously it has taken them a little time with him out to get acclimated, but they have. [Traevon] Jackson is playing at an extremely high level.

“I think [Jared] Berggren is a pro center. A guy like that who can score in the post the way he can, can move his feet, can shoot the ball the way that he does, we feel that we’ve got a really tough matchup there. And Ryan Evans is a little bit like Trevor Mbakwe.”

· Oladipo … off the court: We posted extensive comments from Crean on Victor Oladipo in the forum, and a lot of it is really good stuff. Like this:

“The more you get to know him, the personality, the charisma, things like that come out pretty quick when you’re just getting to know him,” Crean said on the Big Ten teleconference. “But when you really see the depth of him and you see what he’s capable of and you’re around him on a day-to-day basis … I’m inspired by him. I get energy from him. If I can notice it, I think a lot of other people can, too.”

· Cody Zeller wins Big Ten player of the week: IU’s star sophomore picked up Big Ten player of the week honors for his play (16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists per game) in wins over Penn State and Minnesota. Zeller shared the award with Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas. It was the first conference honor for IU since Yogi Ferrell took freshman of the week honors back on Nov. 12.

· Indiana rises back to No. 2: The Hoosiers moved up three spots to No. 2 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls released Monday. The top eight in both polls are identical: 1. Louisville; 2. Indiana; 3. Duke; 4. Kansas; 5. Michigan; 6. Syracuse; 7. Arizona; 8. Gonzaga.

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  • sloan screen #45

    Can you imagine a National Championship game between the Hoosiers and UofL? It might take 120 to win that one. We gotta start playing them on a yearly basis again.

  • Andrew

    Wow, coach, Ryan Evans is a little bit like Trevor Mbakwe? If he means they’re both seniors, then yes. But that’s where the similarities begin and end.

  • Big D

    I listened to the radio show Monday night but missed the part about where Fish said IU was leading the nation in three stats over the past two years. Can anyone tell me what those three stats were? Also was it the nation or the Big Ten he was talking about?

  • marcusgresham

    You talking about the same U of L team that just beat USF 64-38?

  • PDXHoosier

    I agree with CTC that a big reason Minny came back was because they played a great 2nd half, but we still looked terrible. And our zone is average at best; If we can get away with playing man to man we should stick with it

  • InTheMtns

    I think he just meant that Evans is a hard matchup the way that Mbawke is. CTC’s whole comment was: “And Ryan Evans is a little bit like Trevor Mbakwe; a little different in the sense of how they affect the game but at the same time, a really, really hard matchup.”

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Alex,
    Victor had a block @ the 8:30 mark of the 1st half Saturday, not reflected in the boxscore though. Would this give him a tie w/ Cody for Pick to Click? Just curious, I picked Cody anyway.
    Thx

  • sloan screen #45

    Yes and the same IU team that beat Iowa 69-65. Point is both teams play the same style ,love to run up and down the court. I doubt we see scores in the 60s if these two match up in March.

  • unclekerfuffle

    When is Victor on target to graduate?

  • CreamandCrimson

    Victor will be graduating this May (this is his final semester).

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    5-on-0 drills? Typo, or is that a thing?

  • SCHoosier

    Better have some extra shoes in the bag for that one! I think the Cards deserve their #1 spot this week. They have the quickest back court in college ball, an athletic shot eating center and three physical wings. 3 pt shooting is not great..but their pressure defense is. I think Pitino said it best yesterday about being number 1. “I think the top teams will play musical chairs with #1 for the next two months.” True that. Going in to UCONN and winning by 13 last night was impressive.

  • SCHoosier

    TC is again selling refrigerators to Eskimos with that statement. One reason I like Coach Buckley’s game planning analysis..he’s less hype and more fact than flattery oriented. Evans and TM different styles..each present challenges. I’d rather face Evans any day that TM.

  • gerald

    I recall the play you are talking about…it probably didnt get recorded as a block because one of the guards had already stripped the ball on the way up so i think they just recorded it as a deflection….

  • sams212

    Its a thing. Works on passing and offensive position.

  • IUMIKE1

    There are any number of good reasons to want to win this game but one of the top reasons for this fan is cause….I’M JUST FREAKIN’ TIRED OF LOSING TO THEM !

  • IUMIKE1

    There are any number of good reasons to want to win this game but one of the top reasons for this fan is cause….I’M JUST FREAKIN’ TIRED OF LOSING TO THEM !

  • twarrior87

    Regarding the Zone D… it seems to me every time we run the zone the other team drains one from beyond the arc… does anyone else notice this or am I wrong?

  • twarrior87

    120? I don’t know if UofL plays many games where the combined score is over 120, I thought they were pretty defense oriented and weren’t known to score alot.

  • twarrior87

    nevermind, I just checked and it looks like they’re not that bad at scoring, guess I was just flying off half cocked without checking the stats. sorry.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I am an IU fan and my wife is a U of L fan. We have bought our Final Four Tickets. I can imagine completely.

  • Earl Scheib

    Louisville looked pretty amazing last night. Our guards will have their hands full defending. And their press is suffocating. I think we have far better perimeter shooters though. And if Crean can develop a good game plan for them and we get hot and don’t turn the ball over we will win. But I’d rather have someone upset them so we don’t even have to go near em. Scary team. But with a little Hoosier magic and disciplined ball playing we will prevail.

  • Kenneth234

    The final four is a tough prediction. I feel that the three most dynamic teams in the country are Indiana, Michigan, and Kansas. With that being said, Louisville, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona and Gonzaga are certainly in the picture. However, Gonzaga in my opinion, is most prone to an upset in an early round. Duke for all of their quality wins, just does not seem to be that impressive to me, even without their injury concerns. Louisville also may have the capability defensively to make a deep run, however, I have suspicions about their ability to not be able to score with one of the top three if they engage defensively to their capabilities because I feel that Kansas, Indiana, and Michigan have the offensive capability to score despite Louisville’s defensive abilities.

    Arizona seems to be very deep, as well as having tremendous size, and some pretty good leadership on the team. I do not feel that they have been playing to their capability thus far, perhaps they just have to many pieces to figure out to reach that potential early enough to be win a big elite 8 match up. Florida, I am very high on, but have only seen them play once, and am just not sure if they were just good that night. But I do like many of their pieces. Syracuse is just their typical selves. They have final four talent, can cause serious problems for teams with the length of their zone. But too often in the tourney, they find a way to lose despite their talent and scheme. Perhaps its bad luck running into a couple of hot shooters, or a player suspension (which they have already suffered this year, as they did last year with Fab Melo), but something always gets in their way.

  • Southport65

    Amen Brother!!!

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    I live in Louisville and have for some time , But of course I am all Hoosier . My Cardinal friends and I have been talking bout this since March . Louisville is good , I think UofL and IU are ahead of the rest of the nation . They are as complete as we are in every position , But I think now and even more so later our bench is the better of the two . In these parts our Card friends seem to pull for us and we seem to pull for them , I’m sure this has to do with absolutely HATING Kentucky . But i-65 south would be backed up if things turn out right .

  • MillaRed

    With the frantic pace we play we really need a 9th guy that brings energy. I’m not sure who it is. But I sure will be happy when he gets out there and does it consistently.

  • MillaRed

    With the frantic pace we play we really need a 9th guy that brings energy. I’m not sure who it is. But I sure will be happy when he gets out there and does it consistently.

  • InTheMtns

    Fisch read a stat from JD Campbell that said, “No team in the country has
    been better than Indiana over the last two years in field goal percentage, three
    point percentage and free throw percentage.”