Video, Quotes: Tom Crean reacts to win over North Florida

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 89-68 win over North Florida on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:

A full transcript is available after the jump.


Video, Quotes: IU players react to win over North Florida

Evan Gordon (15 points, four rebounds), Austin Etherington (six points) and Stanford Robinson (six points, eight rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 89-68 win over North Florida on Saturday.

Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the media player below:

A full transcript is available after the jump.


Indiana moves past Syracuse, focuses on North Florida


Indiana coach Tom Crean sensed in the postgame locker room on Tuesday night that his team wanted to quickly move on from the loss.

After the Hoosiers lost their second game of the season in a 69-52 collapse at No. 4 Syracuse, Crean questioned everything from Indiana’s spirit to its leadership. His team trailed only 33-29 at halftime, but in the second half, a 23-3 Orange run would ultimately doom the Hoosiers.

“The other night was a lot of different things for us, but at the end of the day, it was the first true road game,” Crean said on Friday afternoon in advance of Indiana’s game against North Florida tonight. “And in the second half, we played like that.”

When Crean looked at his team in that locker room in Syracuse, he saw that his players knew they were capable of more. There wasn’t going to be much dwelling on the loss, Crean thought, because he could sense the hunger and desire for his team to move on and stay locked in.

And in the practices since the team arrived back in Bloomington, Crean says his players have done exactly that.

“I think our guys from the other night, they knew they did not play the way they are capable of in the second half,” he said. “They have not needed a lot of reminders on that. They have come out with great energy and focus and resolve.”

So, Crean has put the Syracuse loss on the back burner, for now. When it’s time for Indiana to play on the road again, he’ll go through with his players how to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself.


Video: Tom Crean previews North Florida

Tom Crean met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s game with North Florida.

Watch and listen to his comments in the media player below:

Via IUAthletics on YouTube:

What to Expect: North Florida

After three days off following a 69-52 loss to Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Indiana returns to Assembly Hall for a meeting with North Florida.

The Ospreys are 5-5 with two wins coming over non-Division I competition and losses to Florida, Ohio State and Alabama. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network at 7:30 and on the IU radio network (Sirius 112, XM 203):

Indiana’s loss to Syracuse in the 2013 NCAA tournament put an abrupt end to one of the best seasons in the recent history of the program.

An outright Big Ten championship, a No. 1 seed and three top 10 road wins were quickly forgotten as an opportunity to reach the Final Four for the first time in 11 years dominated the conversation.

Tuesday’s loss to Syracuse is obviously much different.

It’s early December and while the Hoosiers played poorly, the loss is relatively meaningless except for minor seeding implications come March. What is important is how Indiana responds to it, regardless of the level of competition that awaits in Assembly Hall.

As one of the youngest teams in the country that has a lot of room to grow, it’s important that Indiana learns from the experience and then quickly moves on.

With plenty of basketball left to play, including a Big Ten season that tips off in less than four weeks, the games that will determine the direction of the season are on the not-too-distant horizon.


Video: Victor Oladipo sings duet with Regis Philbin

If you’ve followed Victor Oladipo’s career, you already know he’s capable of breaking out in song at a moment’s notice.

There were multiple Hoosier Hysteria performances, performances at the IU Auditorium and talk from his Hoosier teammates about how often Oladipo likes to sing.

So with that said, the following clip of Oladipo singing with Regis Philbin on Crowd Goes Wild on Fox Sports 1 should come as no surprise. It’s Oladipo once again impressing us all with his vocal talents in a duet cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine.” (This, of course, isn’t Victor’s first experience with this classic.)

Via Fox Sports 1:

The Inside the Hall Mailbag: December 5


The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.

kmark22 on the premium forum writes: Draft Express has Noah Vonleh #8, has him #9, and ESPN’s Chad Ford has him at #9 as well. Is it more realistic than we think Vonleh could be one and done?

It’s early December and as interesting as it is to discuss mock drafts or big boards at this point, they’re relatively meaningless. The most important games of the season have yet to be played. If you went back and looked at the mock drafts from this time last year, most of them probably had Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress as lottery picks and Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke nowhere near the lottery. And we all know how that worked out.

Vonleh is going to be highly coveted by NBA teams whenever he decides to come out. He has the physical attributes that NBA general managers and scouts love, he’s a high character kid and he wants to get better.

The one thing that has me hesitant on all of this buzz for Vonleh coming out after one year is just how loaded this draft is at the top. His ceiling in the 2015 draft may be much higher (which is somewhat important when you look at the rookie salary scale) and he’s also just four months removed from turning 18. Right now, I’d use these predictions and rankings for entertainment value and not put too much stock into viewing them as indicative of what’s to come. — Alex Bozich

NervousWreck on the premium forum writes: Rotations and substitution patterns seem to be a hot topic. In your opinion – who’s getting too little playing time on this roster and who’s getting too much playing time?


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