Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Grand Canyon

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 94-66 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

The Minute After: Grand Canyon

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Thoughts on a 94-66 win over the Antelopes:

I. The first half was an atypical one for the Hoosiers. They didn’t shoot it particularly well (46.3 eFG%), relied too much on the 3-point shot — even for them — and didn’t share the ball as well as we’ve come to expect so far this season. Yet, going against a team that isn’t a strong rebounding squad, they excelled where they’ve had issues so far this season, rebounding 42.3 percent of their misses. While the Hoosiers still scored 1.17 points per possession despite not shooting it that well, Grand Canyon was within nine in the final minute of the first half before Indiana took an 11-point lead into the break.

But Indiana started getting more buckets at the rim to start the second half and a couple minutes into the half the rout was on, as Indiana cruised to a 28-point victory.

And get this: Despite a frantic pace in which it attempted 75 shots by game’s end, the Hoosiers didn’t turn the ball over once in the second half. It also ended the game turning the ball over on just 5.7 percent of its possessions, the lowest total ever in the Tom Crean era. That’s impressive, especially as this is the type of game where Indiana has tended to get sloppy with a quick pace against an inferior opponent. The Hoosiers entered this game with the 85th best turnover percentage in the country, per KenPom. The days of last season, where they were one of the worst teams in the country in this regard (330th), appear to be over as Big Ten play nears.

II. In 21 minutes of action, Troy Williams posted a nice line of 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists. His best play might have been his last of the contest. Williams grabbed a defensive rebound, took it up the court himself, put it behind the back to get past a defender and dished to Ryan Burton for the score. The sophomore still has his Troy-being-Troy moments, and his ball-handling skills aren’t on par with those of Yogi Ferrell, Robert Johnson or James Blackmon Jr. But like those three, he’s still getting the green light to grab the rebound and go. And his speed, athleticism and improved decision-making can make him devastating to the opponent in such a role if he keeps improving at it.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Grand Canyon

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Check out 20 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 94-66 win over Grand Canyon at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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Video: IU players react to win over Grand Canyon

Hanner Mosquera-Perea (11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks), Troy Williams (14 points and eight rebounds) and James Blackmon Jr. (18 points, six rebounds and three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 94-66 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: Dan Majerle reacts to loss to Indiana

Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle met with the media following his team’s 94-66 loss to Indiana on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Watch his postgame comments below:

Crean faces old friend Dan Majerle in bout against Grand Canyon

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Back when Tom Crean was a student at Central Michigan University in the late 1980s, the Chippewas at the time had a star basketball player in the making.

6-foot-6 Dan Majerle was just a year older than Crean and went on to have a 14-year NBA career that featured three All-Star Game appearances, an Olympic medal and a gold medal at the 1994 FIBA World Basketball Championship. Of course, Crean immediately went into coaching following his time at CMU.

“He was a heck of a lot more popular in what he did,” Crean joked on Friday. “We got to be friends and I’ve enjoyed following his career for a long time.”

Later this afternoon the two will meet as Grand Canyon — led by Majerle in his second season — plays Indiana at 5 p.m. in Assembly Hall.

And even though the Antelopes have gotten off to a 4-5 start this season, Crean knows exactly what challenge the Hoosiers are in for.

“I am a big fan of his career,” Crean said. “One of the most competitive people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing or watching. He brought that out in the way that he played and really was a great example for me for all the years as a coach because here’s a guy that came into college, is basically an inside player, but because of his hard work and because of all the extra time that he spent shooting the ball and working on his game, he made himself into a NBA guard. That’s an incredible thing.

“One of the all-time leading 3-point shooters in the NBA, he’s played in the NBA Finals, numerous wins. I don’t think it was any question to people who knew him that if he chose to coach, he would be a very, very good coach and I think he’s showing that.”

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Video: Crean, IU players look back at Louisville, ahead to Grand Canyon

Indiana coach Tom Crean, along with redshirt junior Nick Zeisloft and junior Yogi Ferrell, met with the media on Friday afternoon and discussed a variety of topics.

Among them: Tuesday’s loss to Louisville, tomorrow’s game with Grand Canyon, Crean’s relationship with Dan Majerle, the development of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and more. Watch both press conferences below (video via Peegs YouTube channel):

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