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That’s A Wrap: Tom Crean

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: coach Tom Crean.

As the 2015-2016 season began, Tom Crean spoke out about his complicated reality as head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers.

Despite some success, not every Indiana fan was on board. Negativity existed. Some wondered if he was the man for the job.

“It’s not easy being Tom Crean,” read a headline on CBS in an article that detailed how both his son and daughter had been directly affected by such negativity.

“Tom Crean hears all the noise about his job security,” read another on ESPN in an article which described this year as “a season on the precipice for Crean.”


Tom Crean talks North Carolina

Indiana coach Tom Crean was a guest on the Dan Dakich Show on 1070 The Fan earlier this afternoon and was asked for his thoughts on Friday’s opponent, North Carolina.

Here’s a full transcript of what Crean had to say about the top-seeded Tar Heels when asked about the challenges they’ll present for the Hoosiers:

“The length and the glass, there’s no question. Watching them the way we have, their transition is … we always, in our mind, the best transition in our league is Iowa and Michigan. I know ours is good, but I always think Iowa and Michigan. And a lot of times, Michigan State’s transition especially when they run after a made basket.


Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Kentucky

DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 73-67 win over Kentucky on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory improved the Hoosiers to 27-7 on the season.

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

· Indiana won with defense: The numbers don’t lie: Kentucky entered Saturday’s matchup with Indiana with the nation’s best offense.

The Wildcats left Des Moines with their second worst offensive performance of the season and Indiana’s defense had plenty to do with it. Kentucky scored just .94 points per possession against Indiana. This wasn’t just about Kentucky missing shots. It was also about Indiana defending.


Crean named finalist for Naismith coach of the year

DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana coach Tom Crean was named one of four finalists for the 2016 Naismith men’s college coach of the year on Thursday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Crean joins Xavier’s Chris Mack, Villanova’s Jay Wright and Bill Self of Kansas as a finalist for the award, which will be announced on Sunday, April 3 at the Naismith Awards brunch at the Final Four in Houston.

Crean led Indiana to a 25-6 regular season record and a 15-3 mark in Big Ten play, the best mark for the program since the 1992-1993 season when the Hoosiers finished 17-1.

The Hoosiers open the NCAA tournament on Thursday night as a No. 5 seed in the East Region against Chattanooga at Wells Fargo Arena.

Earlier this month, Crean was named the Big Ten coach of the year by the league’s coaches and media.