News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

  • 02/16/2016 9:54 am in

Inside IU basketball with Tom Crean was once again live from the Holiday Inn in Bloomington this week following a win over Iowa and a loss at Michigan State.

Below are news and notes from Crean’s comments on Monday evening:

· On Harrison Niego getting into the rotation: “Our guards are playing too many minutes and I have no doubt about that because when you’re short like we are with James (Blackmon Jr.) throughout the entire Big Ten, you have to overcome that with guys that can make plays, make shots. But Harrison has really proven that he belongs out there and we need that from him. I thought he did a good job at Michigan State for the most part and he’s getting more comfortable, getting more aggressive, but he showed his toughness.”

· On Denzel Valentine’s play on Sunday: “We let him become far too comfortable, especially in the second half. We never put the pressure on Valentine in the second half the way that we needed to. And then we ended up doing just some ridiculous stepping up in the lane to allow drop offs that we don’t do. We just don’t do that. That’s not any part of our defense.”

· On how physical the games are right now: “It’s very physical. I don’t think there’s any question about that. I don’t really know what to say other than it is and you’re trying to do your best to adjust to it inside of the game. You drive yourself crazy if you spend too much time saying ‘well, it should be this or it should be that.'”

· An emailer asked Crean about Robert Johnson’s play last week in which he had just three turnovers in 60 minutes with six 3-pointers: “He’s getting better all of the time. We’ve got huge expectations for him. He’s got a lot of talent. He’s got a tremendous work ethic and needs to keep growing as a player constantly. When you work the way he works, that’s a huge, huge thing. We need that consistency, we need him to be ready to shoot, we need him to make simple plays.”

· On Cody Zeller’s return to Bloomington for the Iowa game: “We talked basketball some and his situation and a couple of different games, but I think he just enjoyed being around. He was in the locker room some and he probably spent more time with the players that way, but I know he was shocked at how short the walk through was. He was wishing he would have had a few of those. It was great to have him there and have his family there.”

· Crean noted that Iowa had four players on the floor on Thursday that Zeller, who is in his third season in the NBA, played against during his sophomore season in Bloomington.

· Crean was asked when he first met Tom Izzo and said that it was at a Michigan State practice. Crean said Jud Heathcote was the coach and Scott Skiles was a player at the time.

· Crean on Izzo’s Hall of Fame candidacy: “If he’s not unanimous, then really, they need to take somebody’s credentials off of that group. There’s no way he shouldn’t make it.”

· Crean said that Izzo did an incredible thing for him on Sunday. “He just lost his father and he knows that my mom is not healthy and my mom can’t get here. She was able to come to the game at Michigan State with my sister and he got her seats in the box. She’s always sat down behind our bench, but she can’t do that anymore. He put her in his wife’s box and he gave her his parking spot. He’s got different parking spots that he’s got access to and he gave her his parking spot because it was the closest to the building. That’s just how he thinks. I’d do the same for him, but that’s how he thinks. I’ll be honest, when we only play each other once, then there’s really only one hard day.”

· Crean on why he doesn’t wear a tie and why other coaches aren’t wearing them this season: “I’m not sure. I can only speak for me and it’s just because I don’t feel like it to be honest with you.”

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  • David Mason

    No question about it…too bad there’s no really good questions or answers in the above text. Oh well.

    I do appreciate ITH. But why not ask the coach what they are doing to improve the defense? Or why the movement on offense stagnated? Or why players that turnover the ball and don’t pick up assignments stay in…? Or why Coach doesn’t do some things that Izzo does? Or….

    Hope that IU finishes the season well.

  • This is a radio show recap. Don Fischer asks the questions.

  • Koko

    Class act on Izzo’s part with Crean’s mother.

  • Shaggy_C

    That Zeller quote doesn’t make sense to me…”…he was shocked at how short the walk through was. He was wishing he would have had a few of those.”

    Is Crean saying that the walkthroughs were much longer during the Cody era? I wonder if that lack of preparation has had a lot to do with the change in results…

  • INUnivHoosier

    He’s said that they are trying not to wear out the players.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    seriously, not one question about OG and why he ain’t getting more minutes? but hey, at least we now know CTC’s thoughts on his mentor and why he doesn’t wear a tie. thanks for covering those hot topics fish. it’s what all of hoosier nation really wanted to know! 😉

  • mark

    Great point, I’ve been thinking OG deserves Troy’s minutes. Let Troy go and flop in the DLeague. OG is IU’s best all-around forward and he deserves to start with the way he plays D and rebounds and exercises good decision-making on offense.

  • Zach

    Totally understandable but how physically taxing is a walkthrough? They’re supposed to be some last minute reminders and preparations to get guys focused for the opponent, not anything exhausting

  • Bill Graham

    “Coach quick question from Bill Graham.”
    CTC: “Sure go ahead Bill”
    “Coach how are you preparing for Purdue and how will you contain them when MSU just scored nearly 90 on us?”
    CTC: “Well there’s just no question, they are going to score points, but Rob is improving. The guys are getting better, working on footwork, closing those gaps, active hands and especially deflections. Back when we had Victor we really upped the ante on deflections. But I think the key is…we’ve really stepped up our defensive inconsistency lately. And when you have guys playing at a high and low level in the same game it’s gonna make for a great atmosphere.”