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News and notes Tom Crean’s radio show

Inside IU basketball with Tom Crean was live from the Holiday Inn in Bloomington on Monday night following wins last week over Nebraska and Purdue.

Below are news and notes from Crean’s comments on Monday evening:

On Troy Williams becoming the 7th play under Crean to score 1,000 points

“It’s easy to work with people that you really enjoy. You go through a lot of moments, and challenges to get him to that place, but it’s a lot of fun when you know that they want it. They just have to learn how to go get it, and that’s exactly what happened with Troy and what’s happening with the team.”

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

Inside IU basketball with Tom Crean was once again live from the Holiday Inn in Bloomington this week following a win over Iowa and a loss at Michigan State.

Below are news and notes from Crean’s comments on Monday evening:

· On Harrison Niego getting into the rotation: “Our guards are playing too many minutes and I have no doubt about that because when you’re short like we are with James (Blackmon Jr.) throughout the entire Big Ten, you have to overcome that with guys that can make plays, make shots. But Harrison has really proven that he belongs out there and we need that from him. I thought he did a good job at Michigan State for the most part and he’s getting more comfortable, getting more aggressive, but he showed his toughness.”

· On Denzel Valentine’s play on Sunday: “We let him become far too comfortable, especially in the second half. We never put the pressure on Valentine in the second half the way that we needed to. And then we ended up doing just some ridiculous stepping up in the lane to allow drop offs that we don’t do. We just don’t do that. That’s not any part of our defense.”

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Iowa

Indiana moved into a first place tie atop the Big Ten standings with an impressive 85-78 win over Iowa on Thursday night at Assembly Hall. It was the 20th victory for the Hoosiers, matching last season’s win total.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Hawkeyes:

· Indiana exposed Iowa’s one weakness: As we pointed out in What to Expect, there was one major flaw on Iowa’s profile coming into Thursday: defensive rebounding.

Iowa entered Assembly Hall allowed Big Ten opponents to rebound 31 percent of their missed shots. The Hoosiers grabbed 54 percent of their misses against the Hawkeyes and scored 26 second chance points. It helped offset an usually poor effort by IU on its own defensive glass as Iowa rebounded 49 percent of its own misses for 20 second chance points.

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IU beats Iowa, moves into tie for first place in Big Ten

Indiana, in need of a major resume boosting win, got just that Thursday night beating No. 4 Iowa 85-78 in front of a electric crowd at Assembly Hall.

Tom Crean said it was an atmosphere that likely was louder than when Cody Zeller, who was in attendance Thursday, was playing for the Hoosiers during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.

“It was excruciatingly loud and it was tremendous,” Crean said.

It was a balanced attack, with no player scoring more than 14 points, yet all 10 guys who played scored. The win moved the Hoosiers into a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten with Iowa and Maryland.

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