Jeremy Hollowell Archive
The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the sixth week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:
· Prior to the call, the conference announced that Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes was named the league’s freshman of the week for the third time this season and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was named the league’s player of the week for the second time this season.
· Opening statement: “Our focus right now is just on the week ahead and getting back to practice today after taking yesterday off and totally being locked into Penn State after we go through the corrections and the good and the not so good from the other night and what we can learn from that. We’re ready to roll.”
· Crean was asked about coaching a team that draws a strong response and how his message to his players about dealing with fan behavior has changed or evolved: “I think the biggest thing and obviously I’m sure that every coach in the country is going to be reminding their team of it today, if they didn’t yesterday … and the bottom line for us is that you can’t ever let anybody get in the way of your career, get in the way of the way of your responsibility to your team and most importantly, you can’t ever let anybody get to you in a way that’s going to affect you in a negative way.
“It’s a lot easier said than done, there’s no question about that. The bottom line is, the more that you can treat, especially on the road, which is hard, but the more that you can treat the noise and treat the barbs and treat all of that as just faceless and nameless, the better you’re going to be. Again, that’s hard to do. It’s very, very hard to do. It’s very easy to talk about it. It’s a lot harder to actually do it because you want people to have an incredibly competitive spirit when they’re playing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a coach or you’re a player, it’s very, very hard to turn that off. And if you turn it off too quickly, you don’t win games. But the bottom line is you’ve got to keep trying to remind people that the fight is within the lines. The fight is within the 94 feet. The fight is within the football field, the baseball diamond, whatever it is. You keep the fight in there, you keep your edge in there and you try to treat the rest of it just as noise that you work through.”
On Tuesday night in East Lansing, with less than 11 minutes remaining against Michigan State, Indiana had a five-point lead against the No. 3 team in the nation. It was a far cry from only three days earlier, in which the Hoosiers were stunned at home by a then 8-10 Northwestern squad.
Instead, the Hoosiers were ahead of the No. 3 Spartans and were getting to the free throw line, attacking the basket and challenging the Spartans on defense. But like many great teams, the Spartans made a run. And the Hoosiers had no answer.
Propelled by a 21-6 run from the 10:37 to the 3:00 mark of the second half, Michigan State (18-1, 7-0) held off Indiana (12-7, 2-4) in a 71-66 win at the Breslin Center.
“I’m real proud of my team, to be honest with you, because I think we really did a great job the last couple of days of establishing even more togetherness,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “And it showed tonight. We did some really good things.”
(Photo credit: Chris Howell, Bloomington Herald-Times)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Austin Etherington ran to a spot near the left baseline with his team trailing by two points and stopped. He extended his arms ahead of him as the action unfolded to his right. He wanted the ball.
With his team in a battle at Penn State — each team exchanging the lead in the prior five minutes — and less than two minutes remaining in the game on Saturday, Etherington was unguarded on the play as senior Will Sheehey drove to the basket. He demanded the ball, yelling as the shot clock ticked down to 12 seconds.
Sheehey heard him and saw him, passing it to the redshirt sophomore that had taken only shot since the Dec. 20 game against Nicholls State (a missed layup about six minutes earlier). All eyes were on Etherington. The pressure was on, once again.
“Coach always preaches no corner threes sometimes,” he said, “but you know, I felt good and I felt like it was the right shot.”
At that point in the game, the Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2) had battled their demons all afternoon, much like in their prior 15 outings this season. An eventual 79-76 win over the Nittany Lions (9-8, 0-4) seemed questionable, at best.
Jeremy Hollowell (14 points), Yogi Ferrell (16 points, eight assists and three rebounds) and Will Sheehey (14 points) met with the media following Indiana’s 79-66 win over Nicholls State on Friday at Assembly Hall.
Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:
A full transcript is available after the jump.
Tom Crean, Jeremy Hollowell and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Monday evening to preview Tuesday’s game with Oakland at Assembly Hall.
Watch both press conferences in the media players below:
As the news circulated, Indiana fans were perplexed.
When Indiana’s starting lineup was announced for its seventh game of the season on Tuesday night against Evansville, sophomore Jeremy Hollowell, who had started the Hoosiers’ six prior games, was excluded. In his place, senior walk-on Jeff Howard — who had played only 85 minutes of college basketball in his career — would start.
The buzz generated on social media led to “Jeff Howard” trending nationally on Twitter during much of Indiana’s 77-46 win against Evansville, as the Hoosiers advanced to 6-1 in the 2013-2014 season.
“Coach did what he did for his reasons,” Howard said following the game, in which he scored two points, grabbed three rebounds and had one assist in 15 minutes of action. “I just came and brought to the team what I bring to the team.”
Before Tuesday’s game, Indiana coach Tom Crean told both Howard and Hollowell the news. His reasoning, Crean insisted, was that Howard “epitomized what we wanted out there in the form of energy, communication and intensity.”
But Howard has played only eight minutes this entire season. There was no intention, Crean said, of trying to “light a fire” for Hollowell to perform better.
Jeff Howard (two points, three rebounds), Jeremy Hollowell (career-high 18 points, three rebounds) and Noah Vonleh (13 points, 12 rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 77-46 win over Evansville on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:
Quotes are available after the jump.