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Michigan Postgame Comments: Tom Crean

(Photo via Indiana Public Media on Flickr.)

Here’s a transcript of Tom Crean’s comments to Don Fischer following the Hoosiers’ 73-69 loss to Michigan at Crisler Arena on Saturday afternoon:

On whether he was disappointed with Indiana’s start in the first half

“No question. First and foremost and like I said to them, aren’t we getting tired of being the team that plays real hard and makes comebacks and gets real close? I mean at some point we’ve got to get tired of that. And it’s never, ever about playing hard. And yesterday’s practice was a great example. And I walked out on this team at the very end of it because I was so disgusted with nobody grasping what I was talking about in this sense. We practice hard and play hard every day. There’s not a doubt about it. This is one of the hardest playing teams I’ve ever coached. But this is not a team that has any opportunity to ever back away from having a combative mindset when they practice. A combative temperament. It’s not just a basketball temperament. That sometimes is overrated. It’s a combative and it’s even more than competitive. When we’ve done that and we’ve built on that and when we’ve taken that to games, we’ve played very well. And what you saw in the comeback was a combative team. Very, very combative. We got calls, we were aggressive and it’s a disappointment because right now, we don’t understand that, we don’t put game plans together in like seven minutes. When we say we need to go inside, when we say we need to drive the ball, when we say we need to get to the rim, it’s not because it sounds good, it’s because that’s the way to win. And we start out this game as we want to attack and pressure and get transition defense and we took two three’s to start the game. That’s not how you can win in this league. And we’re going to keep pushing it and keep driving it. And those that figure it out and can deal with it, will be a part of the resurgence of this program and those that don’t they’re not to be able to play in this because we can’t be a team that plays half way. We’ve got to be all out, all the time.”

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Pick to Click: Michigan

Rules are here, for those unfamiliar. Updated standings are here.

Pool for Mich: All players are eligible to be picked.

Picks are due by 3:45 PM ET on Saturday afternoon.

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Film Session: A varied offense

Saturday’s bout with the Wolverines was won on the back of a stronger defensive performance.

But in amassing 80 points, Indiana also brought it on the offensive side of the ball.

In the latest Film Session, a look at three different ways the Hoosiers put the ball in the hole en route to their first Big Ten victory.

No. 1) THE RARE PRITCHARD ASSIST FOR A RIVERS BUCKET:

Tom Pritchard sets a pick for Verdell Jones:

Jones gets to the top of the key and passes the ball to Jeremiah Rivers, while Pritchard rolls down to the post:

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The Minute After: Michigan

Notes on an 80-61 victory over Michigan. Photo by Jamie Owens.

This team badly needed a strong defensive performance.

Tonight inside Assembly Hall, they brought just that — and more.

From the onset, the Hoosiers displayed intensity, emotion and aggression on both ends of the floor, all of which snowballed throughout the game to their eventual victory.

Indiana denied Michigan their first rebound until 10 minutes into the game. The Wolverines only managed 15 points in the first half. They only shot 36.4 percent from the field (20-of-55) and 29.2 percent from three (7-of-24).

The Hoosiers needed this game in so many ways. For their first Big Ten win. To snap their six-game losing streak, one that seemed like it never wanted to end at times. For pride.

But most of all, to prove to themselves, their coach and their fanbase that they’re better than they’ve been. That they are capable of contending in this conference, and capable of defending on their home court.

It’s been suggested this was perhaps a bit of a letdown game for Michigan after it played strong in losses to Kansas and Ohio State. Maybe there’s some validity to that.

Or maybe, for the first time in too long, Indiana finally put it all together for a victory.

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Pick to Click: Michigan

Rules are here, for those unfamiliar. Standings will be provided after six Big Ten games.

Pool for Michigan: Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek, Verdell Jones, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey.

Picks are due by 7:45 PM ET on Saturday evening.

A few reminders:

+ State the name of the player (not a nickname) that you’re picking. If you use a nickname, like “Home Depot” for Oladipo as was the case last game, your pick will not be counted. Also, please state who you are picking as the first thing in your comment. We’re tracking 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.

+ Please make sure you are using a valid e-mail address if you are not registered.

+ Please make sure you are using the same name each time to pick if you are not registered. We are 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.

Know Thy Opponent: Michigan Wolverines

(Photo credit: AnnArbor.com)

To help us with some perspective on Saturday’s opponent at Assembly Hall, the Michigan Wolverines, we reached out to Dylan Burkhardt of UMHoops.com with a series of five questions. Our Q & A exchange, via e-mail, follows. (Note: Zach and I also answered some IU questions over at UMHoops, which you can read here.)

Darius Morris looks like a totally different player this season. What’s the biggest reason for his rise to one of the league’s elite point guards?

There were high expectations for Darius Morris last season and for the most part he fell flat on his face. He was tentative offensively, turned the ball over far too often, and couldn’t hit a jump shot to save his life. This year, as you say, Morris is a completely different player. Just look at the numbers:

2009-10: 24 minutes, 4 points, 41 percent shooting, 3 assists, 2 rebounds
2010-11: 34 minutes, 15 points, 51 percent shooting, 7 assists, 4 rebounds

Morris has taken ownership of this year’s squad and, on a team devoid of playmakers, has created offense not just for himself but others as well. In conference play, Morris has accounted for over half of Michigan’s made field goals either by making them himself or assisting a teammate.

Darius has always had talent but now he is starting to adjust to the college game. He’s tall enough (6-foot-4) to shoot over most and crafty enough to get off an array of different shots in the paint and is shooting 56 percent on two point shots.

That’s not to say there’s no more room for improvement. Morris still throws away a few too many possessions by trying to do too much, turning the ball over, or taking bad shots. He also still has a ways to go on his perimeter jumpshot, as he’s shooting just 28% from 3-point range.

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