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Win against SMU a sign Indiana is ‘growing up’

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As Tom Crean spoke following his team’s 74-68 win over No. 22 SMU on Thursday night, the emotion in the voice of the seventh-year Indiana coach was noticeable and powerful.

“We’ve got a lot of places to get better at,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of games to play. But with what they’ve been through over a period of time, I’m proud of their work. I’m proud of how serious they are.

“I’m proud of – they’re trying to grow up. They’re growing up.”

Minutes earlier, his team had just completed an upset of the nationally-ranked Mustangs. His team that had nine newcomers to start the season. His team that faced so much adversity in the weeks leading up to the season — with the Devin Davis and Emmitt Holt car accident and the Troy Williams and Stan Robinson suspensions. His team that dealt with public doubts from fans, media and alumni.

On Thursday, in front of an anxious yet electrified crowd in Assembly Hall, it all reached a crescendo. This time, though, the adversity came on the court.

“You can’t plan for everything that they’ve been through and that they’re going through,” Crean said. “It’s not like we’ve been through it. I mean, we’re still in the midst of it. We’re still in the midst of maturing. We’re still in the midst of growing up.”

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over SMU

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 74-68 win over SMU on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Quotes are available after the jump.

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Video: Tom Crean, Nick Zeisloft and Yogi Ferrell preview SMU

Tom Crean and juniors Nick Zeisloft and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Wednesday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Thursday’s matchup with No. 22 SMU.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Texas Southern

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 83-64 win over Texas Southern on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Mississippi Valley State

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 116-65 win over Mississippi Valley State on Friday night at Assembly Hall.

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Hoosiers ‘ready to play’ as season opener awaits

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It has been 246 days since Indiana last played an in-season basketball game. 246 days mixed with plenty off-court drama and new, on-court looks. The wait ends tonight.

With a roster that was overhauled over the offseason — nine of the Hoosiers’ 15 players this season are new to the squad — the team will take Branch McCracken Court tonight at 7 p.m. for their season opener against Mississippi Valley State.

“I’ve been so excited to play here,” freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. said on Thursday. “So I don’t think it came too quick. I’ve been ready to play these games, so I’m just glad it’s here.”

In the more than eight months since Indiana played a regular season game at Assembly Hall, plenty has changed. Several players transferred. Newcomers arrived. Others faced legal troubles and suspensions. New opportunities arose.

After two exhibitions against Northwood (Mich.) and Indianapolis, the Hoosiers will have their first chance to make a result count since last March 13, a 64-54 season-ending loss to Illinois in the Big Ten tournament.

Now, the 2014-2015 Hoosiers can make a statement of their own.

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Video: Tom Crean previews Mississippi Valley State, Texas Southern

Tom Crean met with the media on Thursday afternoon to discuss Indiana’s season opener on Friday night against Mississippi Valley State and also look ahead to Monday’s game against Texas Southern, which is coached by Mike Davis.

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Quotes are available after the jump.

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