Video, Quotes: Crean reacts to loss to Michigan State

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 73-56 loss to No. 5 Michigan State at Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:

A transcript is available after the jump.

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Video, Quotes: Ferrell, Sheehey react to loss to Michigan State

Sophomore Yogi Ferrell (17 points, three steals, two assists) and senior Will Sheehey (13 points) met with the media following Indiana’s 73-56 loss to No. 5 Michigan State on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:

Quotes are available after the jump.

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The Minute After: Michigan State

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Thoughts on a 73-56 loss to the Spartans:

Seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne sat on the bench near the end of the first half, saddled with two fouls a piece. It mattered little. This Michigan State team defended well without them and fellow starters Garry Harris and Branden Dawson made sure points were still going upon the board. The Hoosiers trailed by nine at half and it was just about as close as they’d get the rest of the ball game.

Indiana paid itself little favors, made it so much harder, and that’s just no path to victory against a Spartan team contending for a Big Ten championship, one looking for yet another Final Four trip with Tom Izzo at the helm.

Despite the boos, Harris, as he did last season under similar circumstances, was sensational in this one. When he wasn’t ripping treys (5-of-10), the sophomore was stealing the ball from the Hoosiers (five) and scoring on the other end. He finished with a career-high 26 points in what was maybe his final trip to Assembly Hall. He showed the emotion of a confident, fearless kid and it’s an attitude that will serve him well at the next level. Oh, to think how this season might be playing out a little differently had Harris opted for the cream and crimson.  

We could harp on the turnovers (23.5 turnover percentage), but there was so much more that doomed the Hoosiers in this one. The Spartans were tough at the rim (season-high nine blocks) and so Indiana failed to get easy buckets in the paint; IU shot just 36.8 percent on 2-pointers. The Hoosiers were also bested on the offensive boards (31.2 vs. 29.4 offensive rebounding percentage). Michigan State’s ability to keep possessions alive and hit some dagger second (or third) chance buckets took the life out of Indiana.

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Crean learning more about his team heading into Michigan State matchup

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On the eve of Indiana’s biggest home game to date this season, coach Tom Crean reflected on his team’s progress heading into today’s game against No. 5 Michigan State.

Crean already has his team in double-digit wins, however, with one of the least-experienced teams in the NCAA and an 0-4 record against top-100 opponents, there is still plenty of room for improvement. And as the Hoosiers prepare for a matchup against one of the Big Ten favorites, Crean realizes the process toward returning to the top of the conference will not be a quick one.

“We just have to continue to get an understanding and that doesn’t happen in a period of one or two games, it happens over a period of time,” he said. “What you want is to make sure that you are responding every time, and I think we have done that.”

Only a year ago, Crean was dealing with a team that had already been ranked No. 1 in the nation and was expected to contend in the Big Ten.

Fast forward 12 months and the Hoosiers lost seven impact players over the offseason — three to graduation, two to the NBA and another two transferred. IU came into the season with one senior, two sophomores and two freshmen in their starting lineup. But one thing Crean wanted his team to do from the start of this season was play fast. That hasn’t been easy.

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Michigan State

Tom Crean, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Stanford Robinson and Will Sheehey met with the media on Friday to preview Saturday’s game with No. 5 Michigan State at Assembly Hall.

Watch their comments in the media players below:

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Pick to Click: Michigan State

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Rules are here, for those unfamiliar.

Yogi Ferrell was the pick to click winner for Illinois. Full standings will be posted after five games.

Pool for Michigan State: All players are eligible to be picked.

Picks are due by 1:45 PM ET on Saturday.

A few reminders:

· State the name of the player (not a nickname) that you’re picking. If you use a nickname for a player, your pick will not be counted. Also, please state who you are picking as the first thing in your comment. We’re tracking hundreds of picks per game. It’s more difficult to keep track of everyone’s pick if it’s not the first thing in your comment.

· Please make sure you are using a valid e-mail address if you are not registered.

· Please make sure you are using the same name each time to pick if you are not registered. We are tracking wins by the name you use to submit your pick. If your name changes on a game-to-game basis, credit for your pick will be given to the name used to submit the pick.

What to Expect: Michigan State

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Indiana gets an opportunity to add a marquee win to its resume on Saturday afternoon as the Hoosiers welcome No. 5 Michigan State to Assembly Hall. 

The game will be broadcast at 2 p.m. on CBS and on the IU radio network (Sirius 91, XM 91):

Indiana hasn’t built a resume worthy of NCAA tournament consideration to this point.  The good news is that it can begin doing just that on Saturday.

The Hoosiers actually received a favorable Big Ten schedule this season, avoiding road games at Ohio State and Iowa and getting a shot at four top 25 teams inside Assembly Hall. The first of those four top 25 teams to come to Bloomington is Michigan State, which had been ranked No. 1 nationally before falling at home to North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last month.

While many picked the Spartans to win the Big Ten in the preseason, both Michigan State and Ohio State will likely be chasing Wisconsin thanks to the schedule makers. Bo Ryan’s Badgers do not play in East Lansing or Columbus, so the road to the Big Ten title goes through the Kohl Center.

For now, the focus for Tom Izzo is getting his first win in Bloomington since Feb. 16, 2010 and getting his team off to a 2-0 Big Ten start against a young IU team that will be hungry to make a statement.

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