Tom Crean Archive

News and notes from Tom Crean’s weekly 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 Hoosiers’ games against Louisville and Grand Canyon, while also looking ahead to finals week and the Butler game on Saturday.

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

· Heading into Indiana’s game against Grand Canyon, Crean took note that it appeared his team did not lose focus by the lower-quality opponent following the game against No. 4 Louisville on Tuesday. When teams get distracted and don’t take each opponent seriously, Crean said, the team loses sight of improvement and the distraction starts to seep into practices. But against the Antelopes, the Hoosiers maintained focus. And Crean said it’s important the team continues to show that moving forward.

· Indiana’s second-half performance against Grand Canyon was exactly what Crean was hoping for, especially after a first half in which the Hoosiers went 5-of-15 from plays through the paint. In the first half, the Hoosiers took too many shots after relaxing instead of playing for the best shot, and they led just 42-31 at the break. But in the second half, Crean noted, his team “dug a bit deeper” and played to get the best shot. The result: a 28-point win and a 37-of-43 rate from plays that went through the paint in the second half.

· Crean said that he has seen freshmen James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson go “through walls already” in their short time in Bloomington, and that the two (along with freshman Max Hoetzel) don’t stop working. In fact, Crean found the three on the court on Sunday — an off day — in a full sweat in between study halls.

· When asked about Blackmon’s continued improvement, Crean said he is a great learner. After each practice, Crean said he asks “What did you learn today?” And the Hoosiers’ coach always enjoys to hear his responses. As far as what Crean hopes Blackmon will improve on most: stepping back more – allowing more spacing for his 3-point shots.

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Hoosiers kill turnovers in rout of Grand Canyon

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Following Indiana’s 94-66 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon, Tom Crean was asked about his team’s turnovers.

The Hoosiers coach paused. He smiled.

“Crazy,” Crean said. “Beyond belief. We’ll have to go back through the tape, see if that’s actually accurate, because, man, I never coached a team that had that few.”

He hadn’t.

Indiana’s four turnovers on Saturday were the fewest ever by a team coached by Crean. The turnover percentage: just 5.7.

After ranking No. 330 in the nation last season in turnover percentage — averaging a 21.8 percent rate — the Hoosiers thus far this season are now ranked in the top 40 in the NCAA (17.0 percent, No. 37). It’s a number that, more than anything, shows promise to Crean.

“It’s a fast paced game and we wanted to play fast,” he said. “So I think that’s a big step. What that does is put the pressure on players to know they can do it.”

All four Indiana turnovers against the Antelopes came in the first half — one in which the Hoosiers struggled to pull away despite a 1.17 points per possession rate. It was the second half in which the Hoosiers dominated.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Grand Canyon

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 94-66 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Crean, IU players look back at Louisville, ahead to Grand Canyon

Indiana coach Tom Crean, along with redshirt junior Nick Zeisloft and junior Yogi Ferrell, met with the media on Friday afternoon and discussed a variety of topics.

Among them: Tuesday’s loss to Louisville, tomorrow’s game with Grand Canyon, Crean’s relationship with Dan Majerle, the development of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and more. Watch both press conferences below (video via Peegs YouTube channel):

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Louisville

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Indiana dropped its second non-conference game on Tuesday night as the Hoosiers fell to No. 4 Louisville, 94-74, in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Cardinals:

· Louisville brought physicality and Indiana was unable to match it: There were stretches where the Hoosiers hung in with Louisville relatively well and they even had a second half lead, but ultimately Louisville’s defense and physicality was too much to handle.

Louisville hadn’t been particularly good offensively coming in, but the Cardinals scored 1.22 points per trip, rebounded more than 50 percent of their misses and got to the foul line at a better rate than Indiana. Defensively, Louisville did allow Indiana to score 74 points, shoot an effective field goal percentage of 54.1 and score 0.96 points per possession (all season-highs), but this game was never really in doubt down the stretch as fatigue was brought to the game and the more physical, more experienced team prevailed.

“We got a lot of growth potential to get better, but the toughness level certainly and the glass level was hit tonight – we weren’t ready for that,” Tom Crean said of his team’s effort. “We’ve got a short period of time obviously when you have so many games as we have to get better at it.”

· Indiana was too careless with the ball: A lot was made of how Indiana would handle Louisville’s pressure coming in and Rick Pitino’s signature ball pressure didn’t take long to become effective. The Hoosiers turned it over 13 times in the first half and despite that, only trailed by five at halftime because of hot perimeter shooting.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Savannah State

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 95-49 win over Savannah State on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Crean reacts to win over Pittsburgh

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 81-69 win over Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

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