Crean named finalist for Naismith coach of the year

  • 03/17/2016 10:15 am in

DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana coach Tom Crean was named one of four finalists for the 2016 Naismith men’s college coach of the year on Thursday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Crean joins Xavier’s Chris Mack, Villanova’s Jay Wright and Bill Self of Kansas as a finalist for the award, which will be announced on Sunday, April 3 at the Naismith Awards brunch at the Final Four in Houston.

Crean led Indiana to a 25-6 regular season record and a 15-3 mark in Big Ten play, the best mark for the program since the 1992-1993 season when the Hoosiers finished 17-1.

The Hoosiers open the NCAA tournament on Thursday night as a No. 5 seed in the East Region against Chattanooga at Wells Fargo Arena.

Earlier this month, Crean was named the Big Ten coach of the year by the league’s coaches and media.

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  • Marek Wojciech ?ugowski Lugows

    Congratulations, Coach Crean. I think we all hope you will be unanimously chosen, based on your upcoming April accomplishments.

  • bphoosier

    I’ll second that! Win a national title and there will be no questions!

  • Wouldn’t that be something?
    Ok, so let’s say he does a Final Four appearance.. Do you think he still gets it? I’m thinking Kansas will be upset somewhere along the line.. Bill Self never has a very good tournament.. or at least that’s the way it seems to me.. Go Crean!! and Go Hoosiers!!!!

  • pcantidote

    Yeah but he lost to Michigan last Friday 😉

  • twarrior87

    it would quiet the anti Crean nay sayers until the next loss…

  • Hoosier Hall

    Very nice. Now, beat UK, UNC, Xavier, Michigan State and Kansas and hang #6!!!

  • NC Hoosier

    I just hope he wins his next game.

  • JT Thomas

    Is the announcement ceremony open to public? Being in Houston I’d love to go support him!

  • iuoiu

    O they’ll find plenty of reasons to undercut it –

    “Who votes for this, it’s just a media award afterall….”
    “He should be COY every year if he coaches at Indiana.”
    “Wish he was COY vs. Syracuse.”
    “Guess that means he boots 2 more from the program this Spring.”
    “Pretty good for a guy who can’t substitute.”
    “Pretty good for a guy who can’t teach defense.”
    “COYs don’t lose in the first round of the BIG tournament.”

    Man it’s just such a bountiful pile of crap that I can pull these from…..glad I have gloves on.

  • inLinE6

    He’ll probably win it outright with a FF appearance. But obviously we want more than FF.

  • inLinE6

    Whenever there’s a loss, people start talking about Crean’s below incapabilities:
    1. Sub pattern
    2. Weaving headover at top of key
    3. Cant’ coach bigs
    4. Turnovers
    5. No inside game
    6. No box out
    7. Clapping

  • ForeverIU

    You’re expecting a FF as a minimum? LOL. Of course a championship is the ultimate goal, but reaching the Elite 8 is as much as I can “expect”, and hardly even that.

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  • ForeverIU

    Let’s put it this way … we have more of a chance of being beaten than Kansas does.. LOL.

  • ForeverIU

    Congrats to CTC for making the list of four. I think the coach who makes the deepest run in the Tourney deserves the award.

  • Fifer39

    That’s probably how it’ll be decided. You can make a case for any of those coaches at the moment but, love him or hate him, none has turned their team round as much as CTC. Well deserved recognition coach.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I’ve got a better chance of being hit by a car than winning the lottery, but I’m not hoping for the former.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Your dead on and it kills me.. Don’t forget doesn’t coach fundamentals

  • BMusic

    9. Doesn’t work the refs enough.
    10. Drinks weird brown fluid.

  • ForeverIU

    But you’re also not hoping that person X wins the lottery so that you would not be hit by a car. Be careful how you make your analogies. Lol.

  • Villanova had a hell of a turnaround. I’m still rooting for crean, but hard to ignore what Wright has done

  • ForeverIU

    The first #5 seed is down (Baylor). The second #5 seed (Purdue) is in a close one at the half. I hope we are a #3 seed at heart. LOL.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Tom Crean isn’t Kansas.

  • Eljay

    11. He’s not RMK.

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  • Bballpop

    Now Indiana needs to win and pUKe needs to lose.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I think the most fun to watch player in college basketball is OG. OMG! You can’t say OMG without OG. Superstar in the making!

  • Hardwood83

    Sure feels that way, doesn’t it? Kid just has ‘it’.