Video: IU players react to win over Ohio State

James Blackmon Jr. (18 points and seven rebounds), Emmitt Holt (five points, seven rebounds and two blocks) and Troy Williams (15 points, 12 rebounds and three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 69-66 win over No. 22 Ohio State on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Notebook: Hoosiers still learning mental toughness after Michigan State loss

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As Indiana coach Tom Crean watched film from Monday’s 70-50 loss at Michigan State, he couldn’t help but realize the Hoosiers actually had numerous chances to get back into the game against the Spartans.

A stop here, a basket there, one more pass and one less dribble, he thought, and the Hoosiers were right where they wanted to be.

But that wasn’t the case. Crean found that his team played nowhere near the level he had expected them to. He felt the team didn’t play with a purpose on offense. That his players got their heads down early and never recovered.

And after a 20-point loss, Crean realized he still has plenty of work to do with his team.

“It’s never out of your mind, you work with that into your psyche as you go through it and you prepare for Ohio State,” Crean said. “And we’ve got to get tougher, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve got to get tougher, we’ve got to get mentally tougher.”

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Video: Tom Crean previews Ohio State

Tom Crean met with the media on Friday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Indiana’s matchup on Saturday with No. 22 Ohio State.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: Indiana players preview Ohio State

Freshman Robert Johnson and junior Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Friday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Indiana’s matchup on Saturday with No. 22 Ohio State.

Watch the full press conference below (Note: Audio difficulties in the first 20 seconds):

What to Expect: Ohio State

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Indiana returns to Assembly Hall for the first time in nearly three weeks for its Big Ten opener against No. 22 Ohio State. The game will be broadcast at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN with Bob Wischusen and Dan Dakich on the call:

Indiana came out of its first two Big Ten games, both on the road, with a split. The Hoosiers won at Nebraska on New Year’s Eve, but were blitzed on Monday night in East Lansing by Michigan State.

It’s hard to be disappointed with a 1-1 start on the road in conference play given just how difficult it is to win at a place like Michigan State, particularly when the Spartans are desperate for a win.

However, there’s a major difference between showing up and competing for a hard fought loss and getting run out of the building. The latter happened to Indiana on Monday and how the Hoosiers respond tomorrow afternoon will tell us plenty about where this team is mentally as conference play kicks into full swing.

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Video: Class of 2015 signee Juwan Morgan

Class of 2015 Indiana signee Juwan Morgan scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on Tuesday night as Waynesville (Mo.) crushed Rolla, 74-46.

It was the 10th win for Waynesville, the No. 4 team in Class 5 in Missouri. Watch highlights of Morgan’s performance below (source video via WaynesvilleR6 on YouTube):

Around the Big Ten: A key injury, Wisconsin’s chances at 18-0 and more

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With conference play underway, Around the Big Ten takes you through the conference for the latest news, storylines and injury updates on IU’s conference foes:

· Illinois: An 0-2 start to conference play was tough enough to swallow, particularly with a late lead in the opener at Michigan, but things got worse in Champaign on Tuesday when it was announced that senior Rayvonte Rice is out indefinitely with a broken left hand. The Illini won’t have any time to regroup, either, as No. 11 Maryland comes to the State Farm Center on Wednesday evening.

· Iowa: A pair of shaky performances against Iowa State and Northern Iowa late in the non-conference season left many doubting the Hawkeyes, but the program is on the cusp of entering the Top 25. Junior forward Jarrod Uthoff was the Big Ten player of the week after averaging 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in wins at Ohio State and over Nebraska in Iowa City. With Uthoff, Aaron White and Gabriel Olaseni, the Hawkeyes have one of the most versatile frontcourts anywhere.

· Maryland: Mark Turgeon was on everybody’s preseason “coaches on the hot seat” list, but those press clippings have already been archived as the Terrapins are the surprise of the Big Ten at 14-1 overall. Maryland has a solid mix of experience (Dez Wells, Jake Layman, Richaud Pack, Evan Smotrycz) and youth (Romelo Trimble, Jared Nickens, Dion Wiley) that is producing the nation’s 23rd best defensive and 30th best offense, according to KenPom.com.

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