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HD Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Georgetown

BROOKLYN — Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 82-72 overtime win over Georgetown in the Legends Classic championship at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:

Notebook: Hoosiers overcome slow start to beat Georgia

BROOKLYN — Perhaps it was the travel or maybe it was playing in an NBA arena in the nation’s largest city, but Indiana got off to a very slow start on Monday evening at the Barclays Center against Georgia in the Legends Classic. Senior guard Jordan Hulls hit a 3-pointer to start the game, but the Hoosiers missed their next eleven from beyond the arc. IU was 8-of-25 (32 percent) from the field after 20 minutes.

Shot selection was questionable. Ball movement was largely nonexistent. Important players like Cody Zeller got in early foul trouble. But fortunately for Indiana, Georgia was just as bad. The Bulldogs were only 9-of-26 (34.6 percent), allowing the Hoosiers to stay in the game and trail 30-29 at the midway mark.

“We just missed some shots and had different lineups,” Crean said following IU’s 66-53 win. “The thing that hurt us is we had eight turnovers in the first half and could never get into a rhythm. We never got the pace going the way we needed it to go. Georgia had a lot to do with that. The fact that we were sitting key players for long stretches of time had something to do with that.

“We just missed shots that we’d normally make. There weren’t many we’d have back, maybe a couple of them. Other than that, that’s going to happen.”

Hulls and Oladipo provide second half spark

There’s no doubt about it: Indiana took control in the second half thanks to Hulls. With 10:10 remaining in the game and IU leading 42-40, Hulls found Christian Watford open for a 3-pointer. He then sparked an 8-0 run – two 3-pointers and an assist to Victor Oladipo — that allowed the Hoosiers to run away with the contest.

“I thought we had a lot of energy sources tonight. No question tonight Jordan Hulls was a huge part of that,” Crean said. “With all the NBA people here tonight, that’s an NBA guard… That young man is a huge winner who has a lot of skills. A lot of skills. And he improves constantly. He brought a ton of energy.”

Added Oladipo: “It’s huge. He’s a senior and a pro. He’s a pro. Without him, we can’t win. He knows he has to hit shots, and he hits them. That’s why he’s so special.”

Like Hulls, Oladipo was a main contributor in terms of pure energy. In the second half he attacked the rim, hit the glass hard and defended well. The primarily pro-IU crowd also got much louder when he threw down a couple big dunks late in the game.

“Victor Oladipo’s energy was uncommon,” Crean said. “When he gets it going like that – anticipating and attacking and reading the game and reading the defense – it’s huge.”


HD Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Georgia

BROOKLYN — Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 66-53 win over Georgia in the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center on Monday night.

Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:

IU is No. 1 again, with or without Knight’s approval

When Tom Crean arrived in Bloomington in April of 2008, his to-do list grew almost immediately after he was announced as the Indiana University basketball men’s basketball coach.

The rubble left in the aftermath of the Kelvin Sampson era, which can be best characterized as a program-crippling debacle, was larger than even Crean could have imagined.

But unlike the previous two coaches who sat in his position after Bob Knight’s dismissal — Mike Davis and Sampson — Crean spoke about Indiana’s storied tradition with words that actually had teeth. His emphasis on bringing back former players and coaches and reuniting a fractured fanbase was a big part of his plan to rebuild Indiana from day one.

As the long road to rebuilding Indiana inched along, it became clear that Crean’s words were not hollow.

Former players who had essentially disassociated themselves with the program under Sampson’s leadership returned and embraced what Crean was doing to put the pieces back together and build the Hoosiers into a national contender. Historic teams, like the 1987 championship team, Knight’s third at IU, reunited at Assembly Hall to celebrate with fans. Calbert Cheaney, the all-time leading scorer in the Big Ten and a Naismith and Wooden Award winner, joined the staff.

These are just a few of the countless examples of embracing tradition that have transpired under Crean’s watch that were unthinkable under previous staffs and administrations.

What also transpired was Crean and Athletics Director Fred Glass making it clear, publicly, that Knight was welcome to return to Bloomington at any time. When Knight was selected for the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, Glass penned a letter requesting he attend the ceremony. Crean was also clearly on board with the decision to honor Knight.

“I think it will be fantastic to be able to walk into that building and have people walk into that building and know that their coach is honored with all of the other greats at Indiana,” Crean said in Aug. of 2009. “Because certainly it’s one thing to have him in the Naismith Hall of Fame, but with everything he did at Indiana, the shelf’s not full yet. Let’s get the shelf full and get him in there.”

Knight decided against attending the ceremony, instead opting to send a letter to Glass which was read by his longtime friend and retired journalist, Bob Hammel. It was clear from that the wounds for Knight were still deep.

“I just have too much negative feeling toward some people and the things they did or did not do during my last few years and who had no understanding of either athletics or honesty,” he wrote.

As timed moved along, Knight’s stance on Indiana hasn’t appeared to shift much, if at all. As recently as September, when he was inducted into Ohio State’s Hall of Fame for lifetime achievements, a ceremony he attended, Knight was asked if he would accept similar recognition in Bloomington.

“Probably not,” he told a group of assembled reporters.


Notebook: Hulls reaches 1,000 point plateau

It seemed only fitting that Jordan Hulls would achieve a scoring milestone by knocking down a 3-pointer. It’s Hulls’ signature shot, after all, and a shot he’s been able to focus on even more this season with the addition of Yogi Ferrell.

In Thursday night’s 99-45 win against Sam Houston State, Hulls knocked down an open 3 from the top of the key to record his 1,000th-point, becoming the 44th player in Indiana history to accomplish the feat. After Hulls made the shot, Indiana coach Tom Crean called a timeout, walked out onto the court, and held Hulls’ hand in the air as the Bloomington native received a standing ovation.

Hulls was confused.

“I had no idea why I was getting my hand raised because I had just shot a terrible shot,” Hulls said of a deep 3 he missed earlier. “I’m not really into my personal accolades as long as the team wins, but it’s a pretty cool club to be a part of.”

Even Crean wasn’t entirely aware that Hulls only needed three more points to reach 1,000.

“I knew he was close, and I just completely lost track of where he was at,” Crean said. “He thought I was taking him out because he took a long 3. I love when he takes those 3’s. We need him to do that. I’m really, really incredibly proud that he got that. It’s an honor to coach him. He has grown so much as a player. He just keeps getting better and better.”

Hulls finished with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Hulls also had five rebounds, five assists and no turnovers in 21 minutes. He becomes the second player on the current Indiana roster to hit the 1,000-point mark, joining senior forward Christian Watford.

“That kid epitomizes what we’re doing,” Crean said. “He epitomizes Indiana basketball in so many ways. I think people from the past can identify with him and the Hulls family, people in the future can look at Jordan Hulls and see what can happen when you play in this program, but most importantly, he impacts our present.”


HD Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Sam Houston State

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 99-45 win over Sam Houston State on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:

Recap of Tom Crean on Mike and Mike in the Morning

Tom Crean joined Mike Greenburg and Mark Schlereth on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio on Wednesday and talked about a variety of topics, including Jim and John Harbaugh, the rebuilding process at Indiana, the Big Handsome nickname for Cody Zeller, upcoming games in the Legends Classic and more.

Here’s a transcript of some of what Crean had to say:

Jim and John Harbaugh, you’re married to their sister, Joani, what’s Thanksgiving like and the family dynamic with those two going at it?

“You know Thanksgiving last year was the game where they went against each other. It’s usually not Thanksgiving, it’s usually not Christmas, it’s usually some day in May or June where everybody gets together. Last year it was actually during Super Bowl week and they were at our house. Jim was there most of the week and John came in for a day, day and half. And that was a lot of fun to have them speak to our team and be at practice, especially after we’d lost a game. Our kids got straight locker room talk from them. It was straight pregame, the night before the game and it really, really helped our season. So I’d much rather have them talking to our team in that sense than trying to spend a holiday. Much more to get out of it.”

Give us a sense of what it’s been like rebuilding Indiana over the years and how you went from where you were to where you are, No. 1 in the country right now:

“I think it was one of those things there was truly no blueprint for. You just have to go on your experience of how you try to build a program and how you have to have so many people who are involved in it. The one thing that was so incredible here was how supportive the fans, the former players, the administration, everybody was because really they didn’t understand what was going on either. But they also knew that this was a big time program and one that had won before and could win again. I think we just tried to stay totally with not trying to skip any steps because we really weren’t sure sometimes what the process was going to be or how long it was going to take, but there had to be a system in place. Day by day is really what it’s been. We’ve got a great staff, I know that. And we’ve had a lot of players come in who have really bought into what it means to play at Indiana and what they’ve done is they’ve come in and just built on their work ethic and built a mutual respect that’s really good.”

You guys get Cody Zeller back. That’s gotta be a huge boost in the arm for a guy that’s coming back for his sophomore season. How hard is it to coach when you know that at any moment you might just have these guys for one season?

“I don’t think it’s that hard. What’s hard is when you don’t have anybody that’s old in your program. When we first started here in 2008, we had as many walk-ons and sometimes more walk-ons than we did scholarship players. And we had one young man, Kyle Taber, who’s now coaching at Lake Forest in Illinois, he was coming back with 28 career points when he was a senior. So when you don’t have leadership of people that have been through it, that have an understand of what it takes, I think that’s really hard. I think as long as you’ve got some people on your team and in your locker room that have been through it, then you can deal with change. Like what John [Calipari] does is amazing because the oldest guys on his team are sophomores, if they are there at all for that. And that becomes a little bit harder. But you’ve gotta have people that have been through it so they can help those young guys come in and understand that it’s not about them, it’s about the program.”

How does it play in a locker room amongst a bunch of college kids when you have a guy who his nickname is Big Handsome?


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