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Tom Crean, athletics director Fred Glass and vice president of capital planning and facilities Tom Morrison met with the media on Tuesday evening to discuss the decision to postgame IU’s game with Iowa after a piece of metal fell into the stands of the northwest corner of the stands in Assembly Hall.
Watch the complete press conference in the media player below:
Throughout this season, one in which Indiana has struggled with the ups and downs of having a young team, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean has watched plenty of other teams and evaluated how they are doing. It’s part of his job, after all.
One team he has watched quite often is No. 15 Iowa (19-6, 8-4), who makes the trip to Bloomington for tonight’s 9 p.m. matchup against the Hoosiers (14-11, 4-8).
And each time Crean has watched the Hawkeyes, one recurring thought comes to mind.
“It reminds me when we watch them — and it has been this way all year — of what we had last year with our team with the experience, shooting, scoring and guys that have been there in a lot of hard games,” he said on Monday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “And also some young fire power that brought some energy to the table.”
Indeed, Iowa comes into Assembly Hall tonight as one of the most seasoned teams in the Big Ten, with almost all of its active players having at least a season and a half of experience. On Crean’s radio show Monday night, he commended Iowa coach Fran McCaffery on how he has built the Hawkeyes program with talent but without the “pro hits” that Indiana has suffered.
On Tom Crean’s weekly radio show on Monday night, host Don Fischer opened his introduction of the Hoosiers coach by saying “Coach, it was a tough week for your basketball team…”
Crean interjected. “You think?”
By now, everyone knows what happened. Wednesday: Indiana leads a lowly 12-12 Penn State squad, 64-53, with 2:26 left and loses. Friday: Sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea is arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated. Saturday: The Hoosiers get blown out by rival Purdue, 82-64, in West Lafayette.
It was, arguably, the most turbulent week in the Tom Crean era. And on his radio show Monday night, Crean reflected on the week that was, starting with the second-half collapse against Penn State.
“We should have never been in that situation,” he said.
But what Crean admitted he did not calculate very well was the impact that 66-65 loss would have on his team. The arrest of Mosquera-Perea, who Crean likened to a “family member,” only hurt the team’s morale even more, he said. Crean has preached plenty of times, this season, a game-by-game mentality, but during Saturday’s game at Purdue he could tell his team’s spirit wasn’t there.
The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the seventh week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:
· Prior to the call, the conference announced that Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes was named the league’s freshman of the week for the fourth time this season and Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky were named the league’s co-players of the week.
· Opening statement: “Iowa is very hard to get ready for, and that’s why they are so successful. They have excellent players and Fran is one of the top coaches in our league and in the country. He does such a great job of going from game-to-game, doing whatever it takes to win that game. He has a lot of things in the gameplan that he can go to. At the same time, they have their constants and their principles.
“You can see with them being as old as they are and as experienced as any team in this league, that they are playing that way. They are extremely unselfish with one another and cause so many issues with their versatility. We have a great task in front of us and that’s what we are looking forward to tomorrow night.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Proceedings similar to Saturday’s game have unfolded plenty of times for Indiana this season. Turnovers, missed shots and poor defense have plagued the Hoosiers frequently, including most recently on Wednesday, at home, to Penn State in an 11-point collapse in the final 2:26.
But perhaps no performance this season shattered more decisively than Saturday’s at Purdue, as the Hoosiers (14-11, 4-8) suffered their worst loss of the season in an 82-64 defeat (their previous losses to now No. 1 Syracuse and No. 9 Michigan State were each by 17 points) at the mercy of the Boilermakers (15-10, 5-7) in a raucous Mackey Arena.
“We did not answer the bell the way that we needed to when they were on that run and get back and get stops the way that we needed to,” Indiana coach Tom Crean told reporters after the game. “And they took advantage of it.”
Just 6:45 into Saturday’s game, Indiana had seven turnovers and the Hoosiers found themselves trailing, 16-8. Freshman Noah Vonleh had two fouls. After what had been an already disappointing week for Indiana, which included the arrest of a current player for the first time since 2001, it appeared the team would get blown out by its rival for its third straight loss.
But for the next 12 minutes, the Hoosiers almost made fans believe they had righted the ship. They went on a 19-6 run to take a 27-22 lead, and the Hoosiers were shooting 8-for-16 from the floor. Crean had also put Vonleh in the game despite his foul trouble.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 82-64 loss to Purdue on Saturday at Mackey Arena.
Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:
In the span of 36 hours from Wednesday night to Friday morning, Indiana’s men’s basketball program experienced an 11-point collapse in the final 2:26 to lose to Penn State at home and learned news of the arrest of sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
After what has been, arguably, the most rocky three days in the past three seasons for the Hoosiers, at 4 p.m. today, Indiana will play its Big Ten, in-state rival. And though both teams have struggled this season, pride is on the line when the Hoosiers (14-10, 4-7) face Purdue (14-10, 4-7) in West Lafayette this afternoon.
“The ability to move on from setbacks, distractions and doubts are what fuel you to get better and improve,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said via his Twitter account on Friday evening. “That’s where our team sits. Our guys are learning that you have no choice but to move on to the next task no matter how you’re feeling. Resiliency is a skill.”
Less than two weeks ago, yet seemingly so long ago, the Hoosiers were celebrating an upset after a dominating victory over No. 10 Michigan in Bloomington. They were 14-8 overall, 4-5 in the Big Ten and within striking distance of a potential NCAA tournament bid.