Video: Crean, IU players look back at Louisville, ahead to Grand Canyon

  • 12/12/2014 1:50 pm in

Indiana coach Tom Crean, along with redshirt junior Nick Zeisloft and junior Yogi Ferrell, met with the media on Friday afternoon and discussed a variety of topics.

Among them: Tuesday’s loss to Louisville, tomorrow’s game with Grand Canyon, Crean’s relationship with Dan Majerle, the development of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and more. Watch both press conferences below (video via Peegs YouTube channel):

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  • who’syourhoosier

    It sounds like he avoided the question regarding having EH and HMP on the floor at the same time. The way the question was asked gave him an easy out by referring to the rebounding. For whatever reason he seems to be against playing them together. He’s the coach, it’s his job the manage the team the way he thinks is best, but why oh why can’t he simply tell us WHY? He answered that question like a politician. That was the first time I really felt like he’s trying to hide something. I don’t care what the reason is for him not playing them together, I simply would like to know the logic. Can someone please explain this to me??? Why wouldn’t he provide a straight forward answer to the question. It’s one that has been discussed on this site and I am guessing that he knows it’s a question we want answered. I just don’t get it.

  • SCHoosier

    Disappointing that nobody brought up the mass sub situation in the UL game..or sub patterns in general going forward. Touchy subject I’m sure.

  • plane1972

    Coaches play guys for all kinds of reasons: because they had a good week in practice, to send a message to another player, he saw a mismatch to take advantage of, he wanted to throw an unexpected wrinkle at the other coach, etc.

    Sure it would be interesting to hear Crean answer the question, but at the heart of the playing time question is a mistrust of the coaching staff by the casual fan who knows far far less about the dynamic of the team and nuances of each guy on the roster.

  • inLinE6

    Who would you like to take off the floor from current lineup?

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    You might want to bear in mind that this ain’t the first rodeo for many of the “casual fans who know far less about team dynamics and nuances of roster players”. Your opening sentence also conveniently absolves a coach from making a mistake by NOT playing a certain man, by NOT sending a message to a certain player, by NOT taking a time out at a critical moment in the game, by publicly stating that a player is NOT ready to play, yadda yadda yadda. CTC has acknowledged that he made a mistake last year by not giving Collin more playing time. I got the feeling that this statement was well-received by most of us casual fans.
    CTC’s responses to playing time matters tend to obfuscate rather than clarify questions. His non-answers may well constitute the primary reason why the matter keeps surfacing…

  • Apoc

    Troy Williams/Robert Johnson…take your pick. They could go three guards, two bigs or 2 guards, Williams/Hartman, EH, and HMP.

    But to answer who’syourhoosier’s question, how many bigs do you think IU has that could give these two a break? If they are both in the game at the same time, what happens when they need a breather or one gets in foul trouble? I assume foul trouble would be the bigger of the two issues. These could be contributing factors.

  • IULore

    The problem is, it seems like most fans expect the coach to explain himself and apologize to the fans on a daily basis. This does not happen at other elite schools, nor should it. Most of the time I think Crean is too open about things with regards to the players abilities and the team’s focus.

  • plane1972

    Obfuscation is probably something Crean should do more of. His elaborate answers to questions flies in the face of what most good coaches do…misdirect others who either want to gain insight or criticize. Belichek, Coach K, and our own RMK were masterful at it. Mostly because they either don’t care what others outside the program think and/or they know more about the sport, or at the least their teams, than those of you who are apparently miles beyond your first rodeo. Nowhere will you read that I said Crean was perfect. I just give him the benefit of the doubt on what is best for the team.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    I don’t want to know and I don’t feel that I have any particular right or need to know the story behind every decision he makes. Looking at his game plans and substitution patterns, it is apparent he has become convinced that a minimum of 3 guards on the floor at all times is the key to IU’s success. Maybe the questions asked of him need to be worded more philosophically–even RMK would answer the thoughtfully-crafted question but blow off the “Why did you take Eyl out of the game?” type idiotic questions.

  • IUfanforever

    Honestly…I think he would have started Devin Davis and Hanner along with the three guards and Emmitt would have came off the bench to rotate in for them.Troy Williams and Stanford Roberson have not showed me anything this season. In fact the pot smoking they did during the summer showed what they worked on…obviously not basketball. Williams would not be starting if Devin Davis was healthy IMHO. Now I am sure and smart enough to know we need Williams this year…but his ball handling has not improved… He plays out of control and takes bad shots most of the time, his jump shot is lacking…still… Basketball awareness defensively is just awful…he never blocks out and relies only on his athletic ability which gets him into trouble against good teams. It is just a shame…he should be much…much better then he has shown….which tells me he didn’t do the right things over the summer. I have heard by many elite coaches say “that players are made in the summer and teams are made during the season!”

  • Bruce

    Troy Williams.

  • Bruce

    Troy Williams. Easy question.

  • Bruce

    Sure. He is a proven genius. School with 5 nat championships but I guess us dumb fans don’t know anything

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    On the other hand, I have heard some good/great coaches give succinct, honest and insightful answers to questions asked of them: Nick Saban, Thad Matta, Mark Dantonio, Kevin Ollie, Jay Wright, Tom Izzo, Billy Donovan & John Calipari among them. I doubt that there is any correlation between how many miles a person has travelled since his/her first rodeo and how smart any of them became along the way. You may find that some of us have paid attention to and learned some time-tested tactics, principles and/or techniques which still tend to produce good results in the new millennium. I don’t purport to know more about the game or IU’s team than TC. That doesn’t automatically exclude me from voicing an opinion or asking a question. If you choose to remain silent and give him the benefit of the doubt on what he thinks is best for the team, so be it. Your prerogative. Enjoy tomorrow night’s game!

  • plane1972

    Yes, the SCHOOL has 5 championships that it shares with the fans. The fans contribute enthusiasm and hard earned money to the success of the program. It doesn’t mean the casual fan is particularly informed on how to perpetuate that success.

  • SCHoosier

    I was more concerned about the subbing of 5 people all at once..not how he rewards good practices with minutes.

  • SCHoosier

    No way a defender/scorer like Johnson is gonna sit now should he IMO.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Even with Troy’s questionable decision making at times he is still a net positive, so… no. It’s not that simple. As someone already alluded to we don’t have any other “bigs” available to break Hanner or Emmitt out. Getting them both in foul trouble and fatigued at the same time would be extremely counterproductive. If Noah had stayed this season, I truly believe you would’ve seen any combination of Noah/Emmitt, Noah/Hanner or Hanner/Emmitt. We just don’t have the bodies right now.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Upvote for using obfuscate.

  • Not really, with most of the guys on here, if he answered, thye just wouldn’t buy the answer anyway. It’s really a pettern of many of the guys who in fact od not know wnough about the dynamics of the situation.. and you’re dead wrong.. It is their first rodeo. Only a few have actually coached and even fewer at the D1 level. For si many of them, the only thing that isn’t their first rodeo about it, they’ve been posting on blogs or shooting off their mouth in other ways for a few years. hardly makes them an expert or even adds to their believability on an issue. JMO but it’s a valid one for sure.

  • Apoc

    I was talking from a matchup perspective. I was never suggesting indefinitely sitting RJ.

  • Dave Carnes

    Troy Williams has no business on the floor until he gets it.He hurts his team with his play.He can do the things we need he just doesn’t think he has to.

  • Bruce

    April or priller for a blow

  • Bruce

    Amen. Plays no defense and thinks he is a point guard. I have never seen him block out anyone!

  • Bruce

    Sorry, according to Hoosier ken u have no right to second guess the great clappy unless you have been a coach. U are just another ignorant fan