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Notebook: Hoosiers rebound in 69-66 win over Ohio State

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Early in Indiana’s 69-66 win over Ohio State on Saturday, it was clear the Hoosiers’ path to victory would not be as it had been in previous games this season.

The Hoosiers trailed, 9-2. They had turned the ball over five times in less than 4:30 of game time. They were shooting 1-for-4 from the field. Offense wouldn’t be a given against the Buckeyes.

Instead, it was the Hoosiers’ defense — forcing an Ohio State 23-of-67 shooting performance and a 3-of-21 mark from behind the arc — sparking the win, as they improved to a 12-4 record and 2-1 mark in Big Ten play in front of an announced 15,563 at Assembly Hall.

“I would say our defense is what changed the game,” sophomore Troy Williams said. “As soon as we picked it up on defense, our defense led to our offense, and then after that, everything started to fall into place. We started to get into our flow. We started to get scoring runs and getting more and more rebounds and then pushing and starting the break.”

Before the Hoosiers even stepped onto the court against the Buckeyes, Indiana coach Tom Crean prepared his team for a lack of offensive rhythm. “They are not going to give you a fluid offensive game,” Crean said. He told his players they would have to create momentum through rebounding.

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Notebook: Hoosiers still learning mental toughness after Michigan State loss

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As Indiana coach Tom Crean watched film from Monday’s 70-50 loss at Michigan State, he couldn’t help but realize the Hoosiers actually had numerous chances to get back into the game against the Spartans.

A stop here, a basket there, one more pass and one less dribble, he thought, and the Hoosiers were right where they wanted to be.

But that wasn’t the case. Crean found that his team played nowhere near the level he had expected them to. He felt the team didn’t play with a purpose on offense. That his players got their heads down early and never recovered.

And after a 20-point loss, Crean realized he still has plenty of work to do with his team.

“It’s never out of your mind, you work with that into your psyche as you go through it and you prepare for Ohio State,” Crean said. “And we’ve got to get tougher, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve got to get tougher, we’ve got to get mentally tougher.”

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Video: Tom Crean previews Ohio State

Tom Crean met with the media on Friday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Indiana’s matchup on Saturday with No. 22 Ohio State.

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Hoosiers have no answer as Spartans roll, 70-50

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Coming off a hard fought 70-65 win at Nebraska to open the Big Ten schedule on New Year’s Eve, Indiana came into Monday’s game at Michigan State excited.

But being excited to play and being ready to compete are two different things. And against a Michigan State team coming off of a double overtime home loss to Maryland, Indiana’s lack of fight showed up early and often throughout the night in its second conference road game.

The result was an ugly 70-50 setback in which Michigan State led by 30 at one point and was never really challenged after racing out to a 13-2 lead.

“Our guys were excited to play, we practiced well, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” Tom Crean said. “But being excited to play is a lot different from being ready to compete and fight with a team like Michigan State.”

On a night where Michigan State would play arguably its most complete game of the season, Indiana suffered through its worst performance in 14 games.

The Hoosiers shot a season low effective field goal percentage of 32.5 and allowed the Spartans to rebound 50 percent of their missed shots. Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Troy Williams, who were both key performers in the New Year’s Eve win in Lincoln, combined for no points and two rebonds in 27 minutes. And James Blackmon Jr. hit just one of his 14 field goal attempts in 32 minutes.

Besides Yogi Ferrell and Robert Johnson, no other IU player made more than two shots.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 70-50 loss to Michigan State on Monday evening at the Breslin Center.

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Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on Big Ten teleconference

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

· Opening statement: “Some of us understand the challenge this will be. Our young guys don’t have any idea yet, but I think after going through the Nebraska game and with some of the teams we played in the non-conference they have a much better understanding of what it takes to win in these types of games. That this will be a tremendous challenge for us because Michigan State is doing so many good things on both ends of the court. The defense is at many times stifling because they take you out of so many things that you want to do and their offense is capable of scoring inside, in the mid-range and certainly they’re one of the better 3-point shooting teams not only in the league but in the conference. So we’re just getting our final adjustments made before our meetings this morning and this afternoon and we’re excited to play.”

· Crean was asked about the impact of freshmen Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr., and what the two mean to his team: “They’re becoming more experienced by the day. I think the fact that we went to Montreal and got five games in a short period of time with those guys has been a help. They’ve consistently improved throughout the year. They’re understanding the value of how good not only they can be in scoring the ball but certainly what they can do defensively, what they can do on the glass, what they can do as facilitators, what they can do as drivers, covers and everything that goes into the game. They have a seriousness about them that’s been apparent — certainly when we recruited them — but it’s been very, very apparent to everybody in the program really since they got there in the summertime. I mean, they really work hard on their game constantly. Always in the gym shooting. They’re starting to watch more film on their own. They’re very, very serious about getting better on their skills.”

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 70-65 win over Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday evening.

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