Tom Crean Archive

News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

Tom Crean was at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington with Don Fischer for the final “Inside IU basketball with Tom Crean” program that has been held every Monday night throughout the season. Some of the highlights from the show are available below:

On winning Big Ten coach of the year:

“There’s a couple of awards I’d trade it for. Now Denzel (Valentine) is certainly deserving of player of the year, there’s no question about it, but I would trade it for Yogi (Ferrell) to have gotten that or it had been a tie, with the season that he’s been having. But there are a couple awards that are really program awards, it’s player of the year, because the player can’t do it without his teammates, and coach of the year. Coach of the year can’t do it without their players or staff. I’ve been a part of some great staffs in the past, I was raised by great head coaches, and when you’ve got a great staff you’re so thankful every day for that, and that is what we have from top to bottom.”

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Yogi Ferrell, Tom Crean earn Big Ten honors

For the second straight season, Yogi Ferrell is a first team All-Big Ten selection.

The Big Ten Conference released the annual All-Big Ten teams this evening live on the BTN and Ferrell was named first team all conference by both the coaches and the media. Ferrell was also named to the Associated Press All-Big Ten team on Monday afternoon and the league’s all-defensive team as voted on by the league’s coaches.

The All-Big Ten first team as selected by the coaches and media: Ferrell (unanimous), Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine (unanimous), Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff (unanimous), Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes.

Tom Crean was named the league’s coach of the year by the coaches and media. Earlier on Monday, Crean was also named the Big Ten coach of the year by the Associated Press.

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In Big Ten championship season, Crean deserves the credit for major turnaround

Just six coaches had won multiple outright Big Ten regular season championships in the last 30 years when Indiana took the floor on Tuesday night in Iowa City.

By the time the final buzzer sounded and the Hoosiers celebrated an 81-78 win at Carver Hawkeye Arena, a seventh name was added to the list: Tom Crean.

With his second outright league title in four years, Crean joined a group that includes arguably the two most successful coaches in league history in Bob Knight and Tom Izzo. He also continued to silence those, including plenty of Indiana fans, who thought this team was done after early season debacles in Maui and at Cameron Indoor Stadium versus Duke.

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Quotes: Crean, IU players on Big Ten title, Iowa and more

Per IU media relations, here are quotes from Indiana coach Tom Crean, senior Yogi Ferrell and junior Collin Hartman in advance of Tuesday’s game at Iowa. The trio all address IU clinching a share of the Big Ten title, the matchup with the Hawkeyes and more:

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On Iowa:
“Fran (Mccaffery), his staff and his players have done as good a job as anyone in the country this season and we are well aware of their abilities.

On this week:
“We are excited. The trick is, everybody knows what is at stake and nobody is really talking about it. There is no difference in our level of work, it is as high as it has been. It’s not higher and it’s not lower. Our sense of urgency has been really high. I would be more concerned if we were really turned up right now or if we were a little flatlined. We are neither. We are on pace. Now, what will that bring us? Let’s go find out.

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