Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Minnesota

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 74-68 win over Minnesota on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: IU players react to win over Minnesota

Yogi Ferrell and Thomas Bryant met with the media following Indiana’s 74-68 win over Minnesota on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: Richard Pitino, Nate Mason react to loss at Indiana

Richard Pitino and Nate Mason met with the media following Minnesota’s 74-68 loss to Indiana on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

Watch their postgame comments below:


At the Buzzer: Indiana 74, Minnesota 68

Quick thoughts on a 74-68 win over Minnesota:

How it happened: Assembly Hall grew restless and the tension in the building was more than noticeable late in the second half. That’s because a 16-point first half lead was completely erased by a pesky Minnesota group that scored 30 points in the paint in the second half. The Gophers took the lead at 67-66 with 3:54 to play, but Indiana answered with two straight buckets by freshman Thomas Bryant to regain control and ultimately hold on. Bryant was the difference in the game for Indiana as he finished with a career-high 23 points. On an afternoon where the Hoosiers couldn’t hit from deep (2-of-18), it was just enough to escape a loss that would have been head scratching. Indiana, however, moves to 18-4 overall and 8-1 in the Big Ten at the midway point of league play.


Indiana looks to bounce back against Minnesota, Dave Rice with team

Indiana returned home from Wisconsin with its first loss in Big Ten play, falling in overtime to the Badgers by three. Now, the Hoosiers will look to pick up their second win of the season against Minnesota, which visits Assembly Hall Saturday.

The Golden Gophers have struggled in conference play and are yet to pick up a win (0-9). However, Tom Crean believes you can’t just go by their poor record when looking at the Gophers.

“Minnesota is getting better, and again this is not a game where you play their record, you play what they’re capable of,” Crean said. “They’re right there and they’ve been in, including ours, all of these games that they’ve played and they’ve come down to the wire or overtime or the last couple of possessions. I know our guys are locked in, and we’ll need every bit of that.”


Video: Crean, IU players preview Minnesota

Tom Crean, Robert Johnson and Nick Zeisloft met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s game at Assembly Hall against Minnesota.

Watch both press conferences below:


What to Expect: Minnesota

Following Tuesday’s 82-79 overtime loss to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center, Indiana returns to Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon to host Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are 6-15 overall and 0-9 in the Big Ten.

The game will be broadcast on BTN at 2:15 p.m. ET with Josh Lewin and Bob Wenzel on the call:

No, Indiana’s narrow loss to Wisconsin in Madison on Tuesday night didn’t sound off any alarms about this Hoosier team. Strength of schedule aside, as of Friday morning, Indiana has the Big Ten’s best offense and defense in conference play.

What the loss did represent was an opportunity missed. Road wins in conference play are difficult to come by and Indiana was right there against Wisconsin, only to come up just short in what was mostly viewed as a 50/50 game. But the Hoosiers can’t let the loss linger or dwell on it.