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Hoosiers rejuvenated after six-day break between games

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Each year, Big Ten teams get two byes in the 10-week, two-game-per-week schedule the league currently uses.

Indiana’s first came following its first conference game of the season between Dec. 31 and Jan. 5. Its second, however, came just this past week following last Wednesday’s loss at Northwestern.

After six days since playing a game, the Hoosiers (19-10, 9-7) will take the court at Assembly Hall tonight for a matchup against Iowa (19-10, 10-6). And they are feeling rejuvenated after their break in action.

“It was a nice stretch,” junior Yogi Ferrell said. “It was good for us, a good time for us to get back, build our bodies up and get ready for these last two home games and try and come out 2-0.”

The six-day break started with a day of rest on Thursday following the Hoosiers’ 72-65 loss at Northwestern. But from there, Indiana coach Tom Crean said “it’s really just been getting ourselves acclimated with where we need to improve.”

It allowed them to achieve a period of self-reflection, actually.

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

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On Monday evening, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his weekly radio show hosted by Don Fischer and recapped the Northwestern loss, the five-day break in action while also looking ahead to the Iowa and Michigan State games this week.

Below are news and notes from what the Hoosiers’ coach had to say:

— Crean said the break in action since last Wednesday’s loss at Northwestern “has been good for us, good for us to work.” In that time, the Hoosiers have been able to recuperate and regain their spirits, energy and attitudes ahead of their two games this upcoming week, Crean said. He said there has been a lot of scrimmaging, energetic practices and situational work in that span, and that the Hoosiers are “excited to play” on Tuesday.

— Looking back at last Wednesday’s loss in Evanston, Crean agreed with Fischer’s statement that players perhaps are struggling with concept that they can still win when they’re not shooting well. Crean said the Hoosiers will sometimes have to win on defense when shots are not falling — and that it will define them moving forward. He said his players have to keep understanding that they need to drive the ball, that instead of shooting when they’re rushed by a defender they can shot fake and drive. He said the Hoosiers had many opportunities to beat the Wildcats zone on Wednesday, and that they have to find cutters and continue to do a better job of that.

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Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on the Big Ten teleconference

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The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the ninth week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:

On moving from man-to-man defense to zone inside of a possession and where the idea originated:

“Well, we’ve done it here throughout time. I think the first time we did it was when I was with Tom Izzo back at Michigan State back before I left to be a head coach at Marquette and we would do it at certain times with people that had plays that they really did a good job with at the shot clock. So we did it specifically for teams and through the evolvement (of it), it’s just become something that we do specifically for actions inside of something that somebody runs. Usually we’re pretty successful with it or we’re good at getting into it and then sometimes, we’re not as good. It’s just something that we feel brings, it just brings a little more uncertainty to the offense and it doesn’t mean that they’re not going to make the shot, but it gets them maybe potentially out of their comfort zone of what they want to run at a certain point in time.”

Are there teams that do that now that you would point to and say, maybe these two or three teams are a model of how you want it to look?

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Iowa

Tom Crean, Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Sunday evening to preview Tuesday’s game against Iowa at Assembly Hall.

Watch both press conferences below:

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss to Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. – Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 72-65 loss to Northwestern on Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: Crean, IU players preview Northwestern

Tom Crean, Nick Zeisloft and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Tuesday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Wednesday’s game against Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Watch both press conferences below:

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Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on the Big Ten teleconference

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The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the eighth week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:

On Indiana relying mostly on shot attempts from behind the 3-point line and close to the rim and whether it’s a concerted effort to go away from the long 2-point jumper or just based on personnel:

“Well I think it’s a little bit of both and I think spacing has a lot to do with it and the penetration. The number one thing for us is to get through the paint. And so, we want to get to the rim, we want to put pressure on the rim, we want to be able to get to the free throw line and we play not only at the rim, but we’re trying to get a lot of cutting going when the ball is being driven. With that, it creates help situations when you’re getting the ball in the paint and that gives us a chance to play to our strength which is the 3-point shot. Certainly we’ll take pull-up jumpers, but the bottom line is getting clean, separated space shots, not shots that you have to manufacture and shots that are challenged and a lot of times when you’re sitting there in that 10, 12, 14 foot range, those shots are going to be challenged. So if you’re creating some help in that situation when you drive it, let’s make the kick for the open 3-point shot. That’s really what it has been more than anything else.”

On the health status of Collin Hartman:

“He’s sore this morning, but no, there’s no update past that right now.”

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