• Fivelefts

    Every pregame, I hear this rhetoric about mindset.. Why is it So hard to maintain the “mindset” that.. I will focus on defense, I will take care of the ball..? Ijs Every pregame CTC assess the opposing team, in comparison to his team in a defeatist way IMO It’s uninspiring and the on court effort is often reflective. I’m sure it may not be that simple, but it’s how it feels.

  • Piker

    I don’t see it that way. I believe the players are to blame for the lack of effort which was obviously shown in their last two losses. Play harder don’t make dumb mistakes. I saw so many I almost turn the Nebraska game off. I am not sure what you heard in the presser that was defeatist. I think he tries to enforce the mindset that every team is good and you have to play hard every night. He also tries to let his team know the strengths of the other teams. I heard a coach that knows the game where are the floor leaders that get the job done?

  • Chappy Dan

    I’d like to see TB and DD on the court together and not just behind a mic.

  • Piker

    I’m with you. We lose games early. TB DD OG JBJ and RJ. Sub against the other teams subs….although we might loose that type of strategy against UL. It’s a hard game.

  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    As far as I see it, this is INDIANA basketball verses Kentucky basketball. If our players can’t play with attitude and grit, they can walk off the court and never come back! Go HOOSIERS.

  • Sandra Wilson

    Of course the players are responsible, but the coach is the motivator…..You are like a parent…..The same strategy doesn’t work with every child….You have to know your players and what motivates them…..Chuck Daly was coaching the Olympics with great pro players that made 20 times what he made…..A reporter asked him, with that in mind, how can you motivate these guys?….He said “Simple, I control the one thing they want – playing time !”……When have you ever seen Crean use the bench to punish for poor playing?….If a player knows a stupid pass or lack of defensive effort will put him on the bench, hopefully, that behavior will change…..Either that, or he sits.

  • Piker

    I know CTC has his faults too. I was answering Five lefts comment not the whole ball of wax. I think CTC is overly generous to mistakes made by players. I am a Knight era guy that witness guys going to the bench and never coming back. Two extemes need a happy medium. You cannot kill players confidence with extremes.

  • CTC does bench players, just not as obviously or often as some others. A case in point is JBJ before his injury last season–he was starting to get benched more and more often. Then Troy rode the pine on more than one occasion last season when he was particularly out of control. I don’t see CTC as a strict disciplinarian, but that doesn’t mean he has no means whatsoever to get his point across.

  • SCHoosier

    Have to disagree about effort. Go back and watch the last 6 min of the NEB game..the Hoosiers played very hard (hustle) and made some great plays. They also played stupid in too many cases. U are right on target with the “no floor leader” comment.

  • SCHoosier

    So do I but DD has got to get a tougher personality on the court. He missed a couple of soft bunnies right around the hoop. Grab that mama and stuff it DD..with some message behind it.

  • Arch Puddington

    It would be easier to assign blame to the players if the problems you are describing were unique to this group, but they have been true of just about every team CTC has had at IU. The inability to contain dribble penetration, out-of-position help defense, and other defensive breakdowns have been problems for years. So have turnovers. And CTC has been complaining for at least the last three years that his teams lack leadership. It began in earnest with Will Sheehey, whom CTC called out openly on more than one occasion, it extended through all the off-court issues of a couple of seasons ago, and is going on again this year.

    This team has a starting lineup worth of top 50 players, plus one other who is likely to be in the NBA, so there is plenty of talent. And guys like OG, TB, and RJ are famously hard workers and high-character guys. They are not the problem. If they can’t defend well or handle the ball without epic rates of turnovers, and if they aren’t “leading” (whatever that means), that’s on CTC. Again, if these problems were new, we might say this is just a bad bunch. But it’s not. It’s the same thing we have seen and heard for years.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    This game is rough to watch!!!

  • mharv2631

    To many TO’s as usual

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Arch, everything you commented on is happening right now in the game against Louisville. Well put.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Of course.

  • mharv2631

    3 in first 4 possessions

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Josh Newkirk is in bad rythum. The flow seems to almost stop when Thomas Bryant gets the ball down low.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    This is bad

  • Can’t buy a basket, and we’re missing some good looks when we don’t turn it over. TB’s missed at least three bunnies I can remember. Ugly, ugly game.

  • mharv2631

    IU struggles in a dome or when there is more than one three point line on the court.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Mark, read below.

  • Piker

    Yeah its ugly. Lot of missed open 3s we usually make along with the bunnies. TOs just killing us.

  • mharv2631

    IU can still win if the guards can hit a jumper from the free throw line in because they can get to that spot. Would love to have a 5 star point

  • Kendall Polston

    2017 is a new year, might need a new coach.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Bl, thoughts????

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Newkirk had a wide open shot and wouldn’t take it. This is going to get really ugly.

  • What I would like to see is 24 assists on 36 made baskets and only 6 turnovers (ala Ducks last night vs USC) Dana can coach, I’m not sure about CTC.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Something is off with this team.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Happy New Year my friend.

  • mharv2631

    We needed a new coach when they extended Crean.

  • mharv2631

    That is the effort needed. Good job De’ron

  • Arch Puddington

    Sadly, those things are common. I have argued as often as anyone that CTC needed time, and that getting from where we were to where we’d like to be might take 10 years. Well, he’s had almost that long, and we are neither where we’d like to be nor on the way.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Duke got smoked.

  • Same to you!

  • RJ just can’t hit today.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Down 6 with the ball,,,boom easy turnover,,,, get the ball again,,,,boom another turnover,,,down 11 from 6.

  • BeatDuke

    Iu is good/great when they drive to the rim (see nearly every possession against UNC). Need to do it more in this game!

  • BeatDuke

    It’s Crean’s fault RJ is 1/11. He must teach this.

  • mharv2631

    They are already making Mouqmod (sp) look like an all American

  • BeatDuke

    RJ shoots normal percent and IU is probably winning. Sigh.

  • mharv2631

    Turn out the lights the party’s over

  • BeatDuke

    f ing drive the ball!

  • mharv2631

    OG just did. Wow

  • BeatDuke

    So did Newkirk. So did Thomas.
    Run a short weave, get mismatch, , then drive.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Not good.

  • mharv2631

    Pitiful

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Bankshot is going to rip me after this loss.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Arch, first of all, Happy New Year to you and your family. My God what a dreadful national exposure IU has had for the last three sporting events. Hopefully the IU woman’s bball team will win.

  • Arch Puddington

    Happy New Year to you as well.

    After such an amazing start to the season, things have gotten astonishingly grim in just a short time.