At the buzzer: Wake Forest 82, Indiana 78


A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 82-78 loss to Wake Forest in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational:

How it happened: After taking a 72-63 lead with 7:34 to play, Indiana scored just six points the rest of the way as Wake Forest easily attacked the basket down the stretch (like it did for the entire first half). Freshman Bryant Crawford scored the game winner for the Demon Deacons with just 3.2 seconds to play as the Hoosiers failed to stop a routine screen and roll on the right side. Indiana then called two timeouts to set up a final play, but an errant pass by Collin Hartman was intercepted and the Hoosiers didn’t even get off a shot, which simply cannot happen.


Video: Indiana pep rally in Maui

Tom Crean and several IU players addressed Indiana fans on Sunday afternoon in Maui at a fan rally. The complete video, courtesy of IU athletics on YouTube, is below:

What to Expect: Wake Forest


Indiana begins play in the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational today against Wake Forest at the Lahaina Civic Center. (Note: Inside the Hall’s Ryan Corazza and Jamie Owens are in Maui and will be providing coverage all week.)

Today’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET with Jon Sciambi and Bill Walton on the call. The full Maui bracket is available here.

Is Indiana ready to win three games in three days? We’re about to find out. The Hoosiers tip off in Maui today with Wake Forest, which is 2-1 and coming off of a home loss to Richmond.

The Maui field is an impressive one as IU, Kansas and Vanderbilt are all ranked. In addition to those three teams, there’s a day one matchup between UNLV and UCLA, which should also be entertaining. Throw in Wake Forest and St. John’s, which are both rebuilding but are recruiting well, and you’ve got one of the stronger fields of any of the early season tournaments this season.

But before Indiana can look ahead to a day two matchup with Vanderbilt or even a potential meeting on Wednesday with Kansas, the Hoosiers must first focus on the Demon Deacons, who will be looking to play spoiler in the opener.


Film Session: Creighton

After two standout performances against Creighton during Indiana’s comfortable 86-65 win, James Blackmon Jr. and Thomas Bryant took questions together at the podium.

When asked how much he’s feeding off the energy Bryant brings to the game, the quiet Blackmon Jr. perked up.

“So much, man,” he said. “I’m kind of a laid back type of guy, but when I see him like that it makes me want to bring more energy to the game.”

We’ll talk a look at a sequence in which Bryant’s energy brought out the fire in Blackmon Jr. in the latest edition of Film Session:


Quotes: Crean, IU players preview Maui Jim Maui Invitational


LAHAINA, Hawaii – Indiana tips off the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday against Wake Forest and on Sunday, the Hoosiers and their coach, Tom Crean, looked ahead to the event.

We’ve got quotes from Crean’s comments in an early morning Q & A session with the other seven Maui coaches, quotes from a roundtable session with Crean as well as thoughts from several IU players below which were provided by IU:

Crean’s thoughts on the team (from press conference):

“I think our whole front line is so young. Thomas (Bryant) is a young 18-year old and we have two other young freshmen on the front line with Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby. And then we added Max Bielfeldt from Michigan as a fifth-year transfer. So we are young in age and – in Max’s case, young to Indiana. But I like their upside and their work ethic and then the fact that we have experience in the back court – whether it’s Kevin Yogi Ferrell as a senior or Nick Zeisloft as a senior or Troy Williams as a junior or James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson as sophomores now. Those guys can really help us along.


Video: Tom Crean previews Wake Forest

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Tom Crean met with the media Sunday morning in Maui to preview Indiana’s game against Wake Forest on Monday in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

Watch his comments in the embedded media player below:

Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Creighton


Indiana moved to 3-0 on Thursday night with a convincing 86-65 win over Creighton in the Gavitt Tipoff Games at Assembly Hall.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Bluejays:


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