HD Video: Tom Crean on loss at Michigan State

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 80-65 loss at Michigan State on Wednesday night. Watch and listen to the entire press conference in high-definition quality in the embedded media player below:

HD Video: Hulls, Oladipo and Watford on loss at MSU

Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo met with the media following Indiana’s 80-65 loss at Michigan State on Wednesday night. Watch and listen to each player’s postgame comments in the embedded media players below:


The Minute After: Michigan State

Thoughts on Indiana’s 80-65 loss to Michigan State:

Welcome to life on the road in the Big Ten against a strong defense.

What has come so easy for the Hoosiers on offense this season crumbled for long stretches up in East Lansing this evening.

Michigan State’s defense took the Hoosiers out of their comfort zone early. Their length and on-ball defense didn’t allow Indiana any breathing room. The Spartans were blocking mid-range and perimeter shots. The Hoosiers were unable to drive, unable to get the ball inside to Cody Zeller with MSU’s hands stretched high and Adreian Payne fronting and bodying the freshman.

But this was a wild one with violent swings.

Indiana proceeded to go on a 25-2 run on the strength of defense, some transition buckets and 3-pointers. After knocking down a lot of shots in the first half, Michigan State didn’t score its first of the second half — a jumper by Draymond Green — until the 14:49 mark. Indiana, and specifically Christian Watford, was snagging every rebound in sight. With 11:07 to go, Watford hit a 3-pointer, and the Hoosiers were up nine. The Izzone was out of it; Indiana was flying high.

But then it started to slip away. Michigan State’s D turned it up again. And Indiana’s offense went back to struggling to get anything going in the half court. It was passes around the perimeter as the shot clock ticked away. Derek Elston came into the game. He drew only backboard on a shot, committed a foul and turned the ball over. He was promptly yanked.

And then the Spartans started dominating the inside. Derrick Nix was stellar off the bench, scoring 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He had his way with Zeller. Payne got his buckets over the final minutes, too. And combo guard freshman sophomore Keith Appling was sensational on both sides of the ball — he had an incredible block on a Victor Oladipo fast-break lay-up — in what ended on a 35-11 run by the Spartans to close this one out. Peep this line for Appling: 25 points (7-of-12, 2-of-4 from three, 9-of-10 from the line), seven assists and six rebounds.

This one was closer than the 15-point spread it ended up at. Indiana showed much resolve in punching back and going up nine. But alas, it was a 16th straight road loss in the Big Ten for the Hoosiers. They’re now 1-27 on the road in conference play under Tom Crean.

And things don’t get any easier with the Buckeyes coming to Bloomington on Saturday. Big Ten basketball is back. And it’s unforgiving.


Live Discussion: Indiana at Michigan State

Marlen Garcia of USA Today examines Zeller’s impact

USA Today: Zeller big reason for Indiana’s early success

Zeller leads the team in scoring with a 15.1-point average, rebounding (7.3) and steals with 25. His brother Tyler is a starting senior for North Carolina, averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds. His oldest brother, Luke, played at Notre Dame. All three were named Indiana Mr. Basketball in high school.

“Those guys have been through stuff,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said of Indiana’s hard times. “With the addition of (Zeller) inside, it kind of solidifies everything.”

As conference play opens, questions loom for Indiana, but they are the how-good-can-they-be variety.

The answer could come soon. Indiana’s first three league games are against ranked teams. Its game at Michigan State marks just the second time the Hoosiers have left their state. The Hoosiers will play second-ranked Ohio State on Saturday and No. 16 Michigan on Jan. 5. Those games will be played at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

Zeller sees himself as a complementary piece in Indiana’s offense. “I get a lot of credit, but the others are shooting incredibly from three,” he said.

Pick to Click: Michigan State

For those unfamiliar with the Pick to Click, you can read the ground rules and how it all works at this link.

This year’s contest will include all eighteen Big Ten games and a prize ($100 gift certificate to will be awarded to the overall winner.

As was the case last season, rather than giving free reign on who you’re able to pick, we’re instituting a pool system. Each game, there will be a pool of players to select from. This is being done to prevent picking the same player each game, which became a problem in previous seasons.

Pool for Michigan State: Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls, Remy Abell, Verdell Jones, Victor Oladipo

A few other things to remember:

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Please make sure you are using the same name each time to pick if you are not registered. Once the contest begins, we’ll be 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.
Please state who you are picking as the first thing in your comment. We could potentially have a couple of hundred picks per game. It’s more difficult to keep track of everyone’s pick if it’s not the first thing in your comment.

Picks are due by 7:15 PM ET tonight. If you’re interested in helping us keep score in the contest, please drop us an email at

Podcast on the Brink: On to the Big Ten

Podcast On The Brink returns this week with Bloomington Herald-Times columnist Ryan Kartje.

He joins hosts Greg Rosenstein and Matt Dollinger to talk about IU’s 12-0 start and the Hoosiers’ upcoming matchup against Michigan State.

Kartje also helps preview the Big Ten season and gives his thoughts on where the conference ranks among the nation’s best.

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop us a note at

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