Hoosiers get back to basics in preparation for Illinois

  • 01/07/2017 7:29 am in

Having lost three straight and failing to beat a major conference foe in more than a month, Indiana is doing all it can to prevent a fourth consecutive loss.

That means it’s back to basics for the Hoosiers, who looked lost at the start of Tuesday’s loss to Wisconsin, falling behind by double-digits before many fans had made it to their seats.

“We just need to go out there with the right mindset,’’ Thomas Bryant said Friday. “We go over all the personnel and the coaches give us all that we need to know. Now we just have to go out there and execute it.”

The buzzwords came at light speed when Crean spoke to the media Friday, using terms like ‘urgency,’ ‘energy,’ and ‘awareness’ while talking about the team.

“We need to be engaged more with each other,” Crean said. “That’s the accountability and those types of things that just come in countless times during the game. That’s what we have to do to improve and to become much more consistent.”

That accountability, Crean says, needs to be there at all times.

“Accountability takes some time,” Crean said. “We’ve had it sometimes, but until you have it consistently, you really don’t have it.”

For their part, the players seem to understand the message Crean is sending.

Like after the loss on Tuesday, when Juwan Morgan admitted they didn’t come out ready to play.

“It starts with us,” Bryant said. “It doesn’t start with the coaches. It starts with us. We have to hold ourselves accountable more often on the court.”

Back to basics also means maintaining confidence on the court in the face of growing pressure.

“I feel that we have a lot more confidence going into this game than we did with others,” Bryant said. “A lot of us are holding each other accountable more. We’re really well prepared for this one.”

Missing Hartman

Tom Crean yearns for the day that Collin Hartman is medically cleared to play again.

“Everytime Collin Hartman opens his mouth in a film room or in practice, you realize just how much you miss him on the court,” Crean said. We would be so much further ahead with him on the floor.”

The lone senior on a young roster, Hartman suffered a knee injury before the season even began.

Although he has not ruled out a return this season, with each passing game, the likelihood of a comeback slims.

For Crean, Hartman’s absence on the court is most felt when it comes to his leadership.

“This is what (the rest of the team) just hasn’t gotten to yet,” Crean said. “There is a safety that you have with certain guys. It’s not about talent and it’s not about trust. They make you feel safer on the court. They move, make the game easier for (others) with cutting, ball movement, reminders. It’s countless things. They’re not obvious.”

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  • Fifer39

    I’ve had that same thought myself recently. As team sports go, basketball offers a coach more opportunity to call the shots than any other sport I can think of. Heck, he spends starters minutes actually on the floor.

  • BL4IU

    You watching the MSU game? Inexperience killed them down the stretch. One bonehead play after another.

  • BL4IU

    Coach needs to keep it real for these kids. They’ve lost very competitive games to Butler, Nebraska, Louisville (ran away late), and Wiscy; all very good teams. Stinks and not acceptable but have to put that behind us. Play with confidence. No fears, no tears.

  • Ian Karanovic

    Alex, it’s going to be a win for IU today. It’s Serbian Christmas (Boži?/?????)!

  • Bruce Clark

    Go out and have fun again. Enjoy the game. It’s all about details and confidence right now. We have the right players. Everybody be safe and GO IU!

  • I agree with you, CTC please stop talking about: mindset, leadership, accountability, youth, easterrn religions whatever (mumbo jumbo). How about passing, shooting free throws, rebounding, taking care of the ball, you know nitty-grity basketball speak?

  • vicbert caladipo

    I saw they were losing but didn’t see the end…guessing they lost. Dare I say trap game for the Spartans?

  • vicbert caladipo

    Haha. Surprised he hasn’t been T ed. Sometimes it looks like he is in the refs way. I’m guessing if you don’t like him, the on the court clapping and getting crouched down in defensive position can be annoying.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Slivo for everyone.!!!

  • BL4IU

    Nah, it was a road game. MSU stole one against Minny and then beat NW and Rutgers at home. Not saying they won’t be there at the end with IZZO at the helm but they’re not as good as their BIG record. Young players have a lot to learn.

  • Ian Karanovic

    Already been there, haha! 6 hours ahead…still going strong. Go Hoosiers from frozen Serbia!

  • vicbert caladipo

    Let’s see…the last time I participated we started at 11am….so 6 hour sounds about right!! Don’t forget the Macedonians!! Go Hoosiers!!!

  • vicbert caladipo

    Basketball has been crazy this year. Baylor #1?? Major conferences with no one undefeated or just one per conference. UW goes to Peeyoo which could be the end of anyone undefeated in bigten. Gives hope for IU, just sooooo many teams capable of beating anyone. We have got to get much better starting with today. It can be done, but a major turnaround in attitude and intelligence has to occur.

  • ForeverIU

    A big salute to one of my numerous ancestral lands. Merry Orthodox Christmas!

  • ForeverIU

    I miss celebrating Orthodox Christmas!

  • Ian Karanovic

    Just do it, brother! My family did not do it for many years after the old timers died. We learned again (of course my marriage to a legit Serb did help the cause!) Ziveli!

  • TomJameson

    That’s just a sound-bite, no substance. Anything Crean would say in that presser after a loss, anything at all, you would call an excuse. Press asks questions, he answers. Answers or excuses, all in the “eye of the beholder”.

    Maybe he should just keep saying “No excuses, we lost” Presser over.